• How to Make the Most of Facility Site Visits

    by Paul Steinbach June 2016

    This article appeared in the June issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Youth Football League Hit by Thieves — Again

    by Kelly Puente June 2016

    This is the third time in three months the Fullerton Bears Junior All American league has seen its equipment stolen from a storage container on the Buena Park High School campus, resulting in a total loss of more than $20,000, said board member Fred Jung.

  • Custom Turf Transforms Ice Rink into Soccer Field

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel June 2016

    Rico Carter warmed up for a game of indoor soccer on the artificial turf that converted a hockey rink into a soccer field at the east end of Cool Sports in West Knoxville.

  • Youth Baseball League Hopes to Rezone for New Facility

    by Thomas J. Barton June 2016

    Dubuque PONY League leaders will take another crack at coaxing city zoning officials to OK a request to rezone a swath of agricultural land for a new West End facility.

  • Panel to Discuss Athletics as Gender Equality Booster

    by Amy Donaldson June 2016

    While sports often seem a gratuitous indulgence, those who've played or coached youth sports understand that with the games come some tangible, important and sometimes unexpected benefits that extend beyond the individuals who participate.

  • Florida Preps for Summer Sports Tourism

    by Jennifer Sorentrue June 2016

    As Florida's tourism season enters the slow summer months, Palm Beach County sports leaders plan to keep local hotel rooms full by hosting thousands of out-of-town athletes.

  • Volunteers Give Skatepark a Boost with Money, Repairs

    by Telegram & Gazette June 2016

    In need of repair, and marked by graffiti, the skate park at Joe Capillo Park recently received an extensive ramp-up of its features, for pennies on the dollar. At a time when many towns are letting their wooden skate parks go by the wayside because of costs and safety concerns, town resident and retired professional BMX ramp rider Airin Roso approached the town, saying he wanted to do whatever it took to save the park. Mr. Roso, who has unofficially adopted the skate park, initially envisioned an fledgling effort for $200 and a few hours of work. But it turned into four 12-hour days. Its ramps were relayered and painted. Graffiti was covered. Ramps were also repositioned for better flow of use. Skaters and bikers no longer have to use a nearby basketball court to coast toward the ramps.

  • Nonprofit Basketball Group Boosts Literacy, Physical Skills

    by Ruth Anderson June 2016

    Kids Poetry Basketball develops creative and critical thinking skills while enhancing literacy through poetry and athletics. The program, for children ages 4 to 13, encourages a healthy lifestyle through physical play and healthy eating to combat childhood obesity. Clement Mallory, founder and executive director of Kids Poetry Basketball, grew up at St. Agatha's Home for Children in New York, where the nuns taught Mallory not only to enjoy books, language and reading but also the value of helping others. Mallory felt a deep desire to work with children who might not otherwise succeed. In 2010, while watching the NBA All-Star Game, he got an idea: "What if, the basketball represented letters, the passes represented words and the two teams represented metaphors and synonyms?"

  • MLS Club Looks to Youth as Team's Future

    by Doug Roberson May 2016

    In six to 10 years, there may be a player lining up for Atlanta United who was part of the club's first under-12 academy team. Should that happen, then it is the clearest indication that the team's academy is doing exactly what it's supposed to. It means that the day spent on a recent rainy Friday afternoon watching the players pursue their dreams was more than worth it. "We'dlovetobethatDallastype club that is putting homegrown players in the first team," Eales said. "That's why we started the academy as early as we did because we genuinely believe that's the way you build a club that can be successful in the long term."

  • Youth Soccer Club: $80K Fee Unfair

    by Emily Attwood May 2016

    The Urbandale (Iowa) Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending its local sports clubs split the cost of improvements made to the sports facilities used by the groups, a plan that doesn’t sit well with one of the four clubs.