• Basketball Tourney Organizers Reverse Ban, Allow Girl to Play

    by Elaine D. Briseno Journal Staff Writer April 2014

    Organizers of the coming Southwest Salsa Slam basketball tournament have said they will allow fourth-grader Jaelyn Bates to play with her otherwise all-boys team after initially banning her from the court.

  • Inside the 'Fastest-Growing YMCA in the Country'

    by Laura McCrystal; Inquirer Staff Writer April 2014

    Clad in Spandex, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, and still sweaty from her exercise class, Missy Turner collected her two most important possessions: her sons, ages 1 and 3. While Turner cooled down from her workout Wednesday, the trio lingered in the lobby of the mega-complex that has become one of the region's hottest fitness venues - the Haverford Area YMCA. "It's so new and state-of-the-art," said Turner, who lives in Drexel Hill and joined in January. Free child care, plus the classes, an indoor track, and three swimming pools are among the amenities that have helped make the Haverford Y into what one organization official describes as the fastest-growing YMCA in the country. With more than 20,500 members, it has become so popular that as cars pull into the expansive parking lot, attendants with flags direct them to the few available spaces - à la the Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park during games.

  • City Eyes Long-Term Courtship with Popular Pickleball

    by KELLY ZHOU, STAFF WRITER April 2014

    While not yet available everywhere, programs have begun to pop up in Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel and Fountain Valley in the last few years.

  • Officials Seek to Separate Coinciding Top Track Meets

    by Anthony Chiang Palm Beach Post Staff Writer April 2014

    The Palm Beach County Track and Field Championships and the Florida Relays have been scheduled for the same week each of the past three years, forcing some of the area's best athletes to choose between the two meets. Now, coaches are ready to find a solution.

  • Climbing Wall Brings New Dimensions to Phys. Ed. Class

    by Natalie Hayes. For Sun-Times Media | @NatHayReporter April 2014

    The $15,000 climbing wall - purchased through a donation to the Fremont Education Foundation - was installed in the gymnasium's stage area at Fremont Intermediate School this winter, and the 52-foot-long wall has since been integrated into physical education curriculum for more than 700 students in third through fifth grades.

  • Struggling Parks Authority Misses $9K Ballpark Payment

    by by BILL VIDONIC April 2014

    The city of Butler's cash-strapped Parks and Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority has missed at least one mortgage payment on Kelly Automotive Park and is struggling to sell its minority stake in the Butler Blue Sox baseball team.

  • Mayor Envisions Boston as High-Profile Sports Hub

    by JORDAN GRAHAM April 2014

    In a city that celebrates sports, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is creating an office to lobby for high-profile events such as the X Games, professional all-star games and even the Final Four to come to Boston, a move that could bring in big tourism dollars.

  • City Ends Elders' Early Morning Workouts at Rec Center

    by DAN GERINGER; Daily News Staff Writer April 2014

    JOE SNYDER and his old pals pumped iron in the early mornings at Jardel Rec Center for 40 years until Tony the maintenance man suddenly told them he could no longer let them in until staffers opened the building at 2 p.m. Snyder, 60, a postal worker who has been weightlifting early at Jardel "since we used pineapple cans filled with concrete," couldn't believe it.

  • Park District Considers $6M Expansion of Fitness Center

    by RICK KAMBIC. April 2014

    Roughly one year after saving the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills and spending around $1 million to renovate the facility, park commissions are now considering a $6 million expansion onto the renamed Lakeview Fitness Center. The Vernon Hills Park District recently submitted a proposal to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in hopes of receiving a $2.5 million rebate on the project. Park Board President David Doerhoefer said many of the proposed upgrades are on the district's long-term plan, but the decision to push now came after Illinois reinstated the grant program to create construction jobs.

  • Pickleball's Allure Transfers Easily Between Generations

    by Evansville Courier and Press, Shannon Hall March 2014

    Evansville resident Rich Couture stood waiting, racket in hand Tuesday morning at the Physical Activity Center on the University of Southern Indiana campus, for his turn to play his favorite sport - pickleball. "I grew up playing racquetball and tennis, handball and all those things," Couture said. "But as I got older, I kept hurting myself with all those things."