• YMCA Opens Region's Largest Indoor Playground

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    If there's one phrase kids universally loathe, it's "Don't run indoors!" 

    The lucky kids of Bristol, Tenn., however, are going to be hearing those three words a lot less frequently.

  • Concerns Over Precedent as Gym Usage Fee Waived

    by Dave Dahl September 2014

    A youth athletics organization can use gymnasiums in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District without worrying about the cost. The Board of Education has waived the $1,800 fee for Springville Youth Inc. for its boys and girls basketball teams to play in the district's gymnasiums.

  • Program Teaches Gymnastics to Special-Needs Children


    Shining Stars offers weekly gymnastics classes for children diagnosed with such disabilities as autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays.

  • Seattle Park Leaves Lights On to Curb Crime

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    During the day, a popular park in Seattle's Capitol Hill is full of family-fueled action. Once the sun sets, however, a different kind of activity takes over — crime.

  • Soccer League Debuts 'Respect the Game' Behavior Policy

    by Arizona Daily Star September 2014

    The vast Pima County Junior Soccer League, which has about 5,500 young players and more than 10,000 parents and family members, instituted a Respect the Game policy this year in which parental (and player) behavior is monitored.

  • State OKs Colorado Springs' Regional Tourism Project

    by MEGAN SCHRADER September 2014

    The project includes construction of a downtown Olympic museum and adjacent sports and events arena, a sports medicine clinic at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a visitor's center at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

  • Faith-Based Organization Supports Youth Sports Efforts

    by Terry Shaw September 2014

    Dwayne Sanders, Emerald Youth's athletic director, said the organization had 130 girls in its own recreation volleyball league, but none of the girls were able to play in school leagues - even though schools in other parts of Knox County fielded their own teams.

  • 'Fitness Recess' Gets Grade-Schoolers Moving

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Monkey bars? Slides? Swings? Not anymore.

    For one recess a day, kids in grades 4 through 6 at Pennsylvania intermediate schools Shallow Brook and Spring Forge participate in a "fitness recess."

  • Facelift for 40-Year-Old Park to Include Boathouse

    by Keith Morelli September 2014

    Susan Lane stopped by to see firsthand the renovations planned for Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, tucked on the west bank of the Hillsborough River between Tampa Preparatory School and the Laurel Street Bridge. She wasn't invited by city officials. But had they known she'd be there, they'd have pulled her up on the podium during a Tuesday morning ceremony unveiling plans for the park. Her father, Julian B. Lane, was Tampa's mayor from 1959 to 1963, an instrumental figure in the fight against racial segregation and later a state lawmaker. Susan Lane had never before strolled the park named for him.

  • Town Council Nixes Property Tax Hike for Recreation

    by Jennifer Berry Hawes; September 2014

    The recreation increase would have paid for major recreation projects in a town booming with heavy recreation users, namely families and retirees.