• 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?"

  • 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.

  • Pickleball Finds a Home on New, Existing Outdoor Courts

    by Mary Helen Sprecher May 2016

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

  • Study: Focus on Elite Athletes Hurts Sports Participation

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    A Canadian study found that lower rates of sports participation may be caused by something other than video games, smartphones or the general laziness of today’s youth.

  • Boston Suburb Bans Tackling in Youth Football Program

    by Stuart Goldman January 2016

    Citing an increased risk of injury in tackle football and a decline in enrollment, the recreation department of a Boston suburb is switching its youth football program to a flag football program for grades one through eight.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: NSA Bahrain Child and Youth Programs

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    At NSA Bahrain Child and Youth Programs safety, effort and fun are what it’s all about. The department’s philosophy is zeroed in on instilling a positive attitude, basic fundamentals, confidence and sportsmanship into all children who participate.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Oconee County Parks and Rec

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    When it comes to providing quality youth sports programming, the Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department in Georgia is committed to excellence, and the more than 4,000 children ranging from age 4 to 18 that annually participate in its programs reap the benefits of that commitment.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Mountain Home Air Force Base

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    The beautiful state of Idaho and all of its wonderful natural resources are put to great use by the Mountain Home Air Force Base Youth Sports Program staff – and the children there couldn’t be happier.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: U.S Army Garrison Hawaii

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    At the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Youth Sports and Fitness Program, the youth sports programs are continually evolving to meet the diverse needs of today’s youth. What never changes, however, is the department’s focus on enhancing kids’ physical, cognitive, social and emotional development through their participation.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Cherokee Recreation and Parks

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency staff is passionate about youth sports – and it shows.