Eighth Annual Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winners (2007)
by Michael Popke November 2007
The Excellence in Youth Sports Awards program recognizes exceptional organizations that focus on safe and positive experiences for children, parents, coaches and officials.
Halting of Chicago Marathon Brings Relief, Anger
by Paul Steinbach November 2007
The most chilling among the seemingly endless string of discussion forum entries on the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon web site came from a race participant who had struggled to maintain a five-hour pace in the record 88-degree heat of Oct. 7. "I was jogging on the left side of the course when I saw this man collapsed on the side of the road. It was very apparent that he was already dead, and it really shook me up," she wrote, referring to Chad Schieber, a 35-year-old police officer and father of three from Midland, Mich., who went down near mile 18 of his first 26.2-mile race. "Seeing Mr. Schieber made me realize that there are a helluva lot more important things than finishing a marathon."
Rec Departments Wage Battle Against Residents' Collective Bulge
by Nicholas Brown November 2007
Rec departments can prosper as they wage battle against residents' collective bulge.
A Rec Department Seeks High Returns from Radio Station
by Nicholas Brown October 2007
A small-city rec department hopes for high returns as residents tune in to low-power radio.
Youth Olympic Games Offers Athletes New Competitive Outlets
by Michael Popke September 2007
Young athletes may find new competitive outlets in the recently announced Youth Olympic Games.
Parks and Rec Department's Alcohol-Use Policy Draws Critics
by Nicholas Brown September 2007
From fun-loving to family-friendly, a parks and rec department's policy on alcohol use is sure to draw critics.
Outsourcing Sports Programs Allows a Department to Do More with Less
by Marvin Bynum August 2007
A Florida recreation department outsources its sports programs, learning that it can offer residents more by doing less.
Earthbound Versions of Quidditch Are Popular with Kids of All Ages
by Michael Popke June 2007
Earthbound versions of Quidditch are popular with kids of all ages.
Several Organizations Reconnect Children with the Great Outdoors
by Marvin Bynum May 2007
Several organizations are combating "nature-deficit disorder" and reconnecting children with the great outdoors.
The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route Aims to Diversify Cycling
by Marvin Bynum April 2007
The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route aims to diversify cycling.