• Summit Introduces New Sports to International Attendees

    by Michael Scott Davidson, Sarasota Herald Tribune June 2015

    On Saturday, Prateek Syangden strapped on a pair of ice skates for the first time in his life and entered the skating rink at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

  • City Park Closed Due to Issues Caused by Homeless Camp

    by Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star June 2015

    Downtown's Veinte de Agosto Park closed Sunday at sundown because of safety and health issues caused by a growing homeless camp there.

  • Tampa Hopes to Quell Violence with Extended Park Hours

    by ELIZABETH BEHRMAN Tribune staff June 2015

    Following a surge in gun violence this year, the city will be extending hours at some parks and offering free programming and activities this summer while kids are out of school.

  • Plea Bargain in Works for Youth League Embezzler

    by Liz Zemba, Tribune-Review June 2015

    A New Salem woman who is accused of taking $24,102 from a nonprofit youth football league while serving as its president has a tentative plea bargain calling for her to pay back the money and be admitted to a probationary program for first-time, nonviolent offenders.

  • Boy's Family Helps Bring Sled Hockey to Charleston

    by Jake Jarvis, Staff writer June 2015

    The Memorial Ice Arena in South Charleston donated two hours of ice time from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday so kids and adults with physical disabilities can try out sled hockey for the day.

  • Boy's Family Helps Bring Sled Hockey to Charleston

    by Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette June 2015

    Bryson Dowdy is pretty much your average first-grade student. The soon-to-be 8-year-old is a ball of energy. He plays baseball, tennis, flag football, karate and his favorite Ninja Turtle is definitely Donatello, no questions asked.

  • Police Athletic League to Open Much-Needed Facility

    by Mark Wolfenbarger, The Tampa Tribune June 2015

    Paula Potts remembers growing up in a rough neighborhood in the south part of this city and the tales of blue-clad boogeymen. When black children misbehaved, she said, they often were told a police officer was coming to get them.

  • Drive-By Shooting of 14-Year-Old Casts Pall Over Park

    by ANASTASIA DAWSON Tribune staff June 2015

    Woodland Terrace Park is typical of many of the parks that dot Tampa neighborhoods. It has a basketball court, a community center nearby, big oak trees, park benches.

  • Ziplining for Fitness? There's More at Work than Gravity

    by Debbie Juniewicz, Dayton Daily News June 2015

    More than 5,000 guests visit Ozone Zipline Adventures at Camp Kern each year. Gliding through the treetops - giving birds a challenge - the rush is almost unmatched.

  • Outdoor Ice Skating in June -- in Albuquerque, N.M.

    by Rick Nathanson, JOURNAL STAFF WRITER June 2015

    Mayor Richard J. Berry this week said the city had purchased enough synthetic "ice" to assemble a rink nearly the size of the one that graces New York's Rockefeller Center each winter - a surface that's roughly 120 feet by 60 feet.