• Lifeguards Put Skills to Use in Rec Competition

    by Amanda Coyne, June 2014

    More than 30 lifeguards ran, dove and swam at Isle of Palms County Park on Friday morning, but nobody at the beach needed help. The guards from Charleston County beaches and waterparks and Mount Pleasant town pools competed in the 17th annual South Carolina Recreation and Park Association Lifeguard Competition.

  • Rival Developers Proceeding with Separate Rink Plans

    by laura kinsler; Tribune staff June 2014

    - When Gordie Zimmermann announced plans last month for a massive ice-skating complex on Interstate 75, it seemed to put an end to speculation about where Pasco County's first ice rink would be built. But rival Pat DeLorenzo said he hasn't given up his dream to build a hockey arena one exit north, on County Road 54 near The Grove shopping center. We're going forward, DeLorenzo said.

  • Mayor's Education Focus Includes Rehabbing Rec Centers

    by Joy Lukachick June 2014

    The once bright-red jungle gym is now a faded light pink, splotched by rust. Under the play structures, eroded rifts in the mulch expose a shard of glass here, an empty ketchup packet there. The Eastdale community has been asking for major upgrades to the game room, the gym and playground at their 50-year-old city recreation center for more than a decade. Each year, the requests are denied, said Eastdale manager Dank Hawkins. But when Mayor Andy Berke took office, he said the city's 18 recreation centers would be part of his focus on education. He renamed them Youth and Family Development Centers and funneled nearly $200,000 total for each center to add computers and the Lexia reading program and mentorship programs for teens.

  • Free Youth Event Includes Baseline Concussion Test

    by Pamela Dillon June 2014

    Your family can have some serious fun this weekend. Serious, because parents can receive loads of good information about sports injuries to get their kids back on the playing field much faster.

  • Indian Tribe Donates Additional Little League Equipment


    More than 500 baseballs and softballs, 60 bats, 20 batting tees, umpire gear and other items have been donated to the Banning-Pass Little League by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

  • US Youth Soccer Regional Tournament Taxes Refs


    Officially, there is no major problem with the officials this week at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships. While there were some rumblings of referee shortages entering the 237-team event, and tournament officials acknowledged they could have used a few more bodies, there was only one instance in the first three days of 360 games played in which a referee was forced to call a fourth game in a day - one game more than what organizers consider their max for a regional event. Rob Martella, head of operations for the tournament, said this week's event at the New Mexico Soccer Complex near Bernalillo has 188 referees and 34 assessors, who essentially grade the performance of the on-field referees. Every game has had four referees and one assessor.

  • Numbers Show Soccer Has Potential to Be Huge in U.S.

    by Bob Hunter, The Columbus Dispatch June 2014

    When John Brooks headed the go-ahead shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey in the United States' World Cup win over Ghana on Monday, an unconscious "wow" escaped my lips. It was one of those moments when even a soccer-clueless American who alighted on ESPN en route to the Cleveland Indians pregame show could understand what the world sees in its "football," especially if he loitered there long enough to watch the underdog Americans desperately try to preserve a 1-0 lead and had seen Ghana finally tie it. The game had it all: history (Ghana defeated the U.S. in their previous two meetings in the World Cup), drama (a Clint Dempsey goal in the first 30 seconds) and countless harrowing moments (when Ghana threatened to tie) -- and finally an amazing header from a sub playing in only his fifth international game.

  • Rec Facilities Survey Fails to Ask What Residents Want

    by SCOTT TAYLOR, SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer June 2014

    A survey of fields, courts and gymnasiums is the first step toward figuring out what recreation facilities the city needs, Mayor Jonathan LaBonte told city councilors Monday.

  • Record Fundraising Success Means Y Access for 1,600

    by Paul Swiech June 2014

    BLOOMINGTON — As many as 1,600 people who can't afford membership to the Bloomington-Normal YMCA may have access to Y programs after a record amount of money was raised in the 2014 Strong Kids campaign.

  • Rec Department Rejects U.S. Cellular Donation, Park Use

    by Craig Sauer Special to the Daily Register June 2014

    The city's Parks and Recreation Board will turn away a $2,000 donation from U.S. Cellular. The cell phone company sought to run events at two city parks throughout July and August in exchange for the donation to the parks.