• 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Beale Air Force Base Youth Programs

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    When it comes to providing fun and innovative youth programming that puts giant smiles on kids’ faces, the Beale Air Force Base Youth Programs staff has it mastered.

  • State Outdoor Recreation Director Steps Down

    by Amy Joi O'Donoghue November 2015

    Brad Petersen, the first state director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation, will return to the private sector in December.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Camp Pendleton

    by National Alliance for Youth Sports November 2015

    At Camp Pendleton Youth Sports in Southern California, meeting everyone’s needs is a daily priority for the staff – not an easy task with roughly 2,500 kids participating annually.

  • Obstacle Course Racing Popularity Surges

    by A.J. Perez November 2015

    Sean Thomsen's calves are tattooed with images foreign to the sports canvas just a handful of years ago. Tough Mudder. Spartan Race. Warrior Dash. The 35-year-old railroad worker from suburban Los Angeles sports the logos of each of those three major obstacle racing circuits, events ranging in distance from about 3 to 26 miles that have been taken on by millions over the last six years. "It's started a lot of conversations," Thomsen says. "I don't have to explain what they are as much these days. There's a lot more brand recognition than when I got my first one 21/2 years ago." He says people still think he's crazy for running through mud, crawling under barbwire, traversing monkey bars and hurdling over walls -- staples of obstacle course racing. His tattoos aren't only a log for the races he's completed but a marketing tool. Tough Mudder, for example, offers a free race for each tattoo.

  • Kids' Letter-Writing Campaign Leads to Adaptive Equipment

    by Bob Dohr October 2015

    The mood was upbeat Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Village Park, as sixthgraders took turns pushing their wheelchair-bound classmate on an adaptive swing at the playground, a swing they helped get installed after noticing their friend had nothing to play on at the park. That was a far cry from June, when the students, then fifthgraders at Horizon Elementary School, had an outing at the park with pen pals from the Mukwonago School District.

  • Emphasis on Youth Tennis Programming Driving Participation

    by Stuart Goldman October 2015

    When Mike Woody recalls how he taught tennis lessons 30 years ago, he jokingly referred to those lessons as "Tennis Ball, Racket and Chase." Students would hit the tennis ball, and then go chase it down.

  • More Evidence that Youth Football Numbers Declining

    by Jane Ford-Stewart, October 2015

    West Allis Youth Football is stepping up its game this year to encourage more sign ups for next year. Enrollments lagged so much this spring that the program was only able to field one team for each grade from fifth through eighth. It normally has two teams - the Badgers consisting of players from the east side of town and the Wolverines of players from the west side.

  • Non-Traditional Sports Augment City's Rec Options

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) October 2015

    On a recent Monday evening, a retired couple volleyed a neon green plastic ball with ping-pong-style paddles over a low-strung net at the City of Knoxville’s new outdoor pickleball courts.

  • Park a Plus for Poor Falcons Stadium Neighborhood

    by Katie Leslie; Staff October 2015

    City leaders are hailing a park in English Avenue --- the community's first --- as a sign of what's to come in broader efforts to revitalize Atlanta's Westside.

  • Museum's Renovated "Athletes in Action" Exhibit Opens

    by Lauren McCutcheon; Daily News Staff Writer October 2015

    Running in museums: Typically prohibited. Running in the Franklin Institute's recently renovated SportsZone: Totally encouraged.