• Start Smart Program Teaches Team Sports Skills to Kids

    by CODY McDEVITT February 2014

    Rodger McAlevy spent Wednesday chasing after basketballs. The easy part was giving high-fives to Logan, his 5-year-old son. McAlvey and Logan were part of the Start Smart basketball clinic, organized by the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation division. The program helps children learn the fundamentals of various team sports. The basketball clinic was held at Ethel Boyes Elementary School in Idaho Falls.

  • Future Savings Drive Sports Park's $959K Turf Investment

    by DAVID DOWNEY, STAFF WRITER February 2014

    A popular Murrieta sports park is in store for a synthetic makeover. With the Murrieta City Council's approval this week of a $959,000 contract, the city is preparing to replace grass with artificial turf on two youth fields at Los Alamos Hills Sports Park.

  • Triathlon Canceled Post-Boston Returns in New Location

    by Journal Staff Report February 2014

    Jay Benson is back. The largest triathlon in New Mexico - which is said to be the oldest continuing triathlon in the country - will return to Albuquerque on May 11, Mother's Day.

  • Six-Month Pool Repair Displaces Summer Swimmers

    by THOMAS BECNEL February 2014

    When the Arlington Park pool closes for six months of repairs starting Monday, swimmers will scatter across Sarasota. Some say they'll join the YMCA and move to the nearby pool on Bahia Vista Street. Some plan to drive to the Sarasota County lap pool on Lido Key. Others talk about trying G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton or the Sun-N-Fun RV Resort east of Interstate 75.

  • Racquetball Low on Activity Center's Amenity Wish List

    by Marie Wilson By Marie Wilson February 2014

    Early public support has been strong for almost everything the Naperville Park District is considering including in the indoor activity center it aims to open by the fall of 2016.

  • Youth Participation in Team Sports on the Decline

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    The Wall Street Journal recently published a lengthy article detailing the drop in participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports — basketball, soccer, baseball and football. The results are not pretty. The author examined data from youth leagues, school sports groups and industry associations from 2008 to 2012.

  • Soccer, Swimming Events to Ease County Budget Woes

    by LOUIS LLOVIO February 2014

    Chesterfield County residents will soon see what county leaders hope is a trend that will continue to bring new revenue to the county for years to come. For about five weeks beginning Feb. 21, the county will host two major soccer tournaments and a high school swim championship. The events will bring in thousands of athletes, their coaches and their parents who will bring millions of dollars to county coffers by way of taxes from hotels, restaurants and shops.

  • Teen Obesity Under Control, But Status Gap Persists

    by Lane Anderson Deseret News February 2014

    Campaigns to help children set aside junk food and soda appear to be paying off: The obesity rate for American teens has stopped rising, and may even be on the decline. However, a recent study published in the journal PNAS finds that this trend is limited to families with more education and income. In 2002, obesity rates climbed at similar rates for all teens, but since has gone down for teens with a higher socioeconomic status, and gone up for low-income teens. The findings reveal a growing class gap in childhood obesity, and might indicate that parents and teens have gotten the message about diet and exercise, but it's much easier for affluent families to act on it.

  • Church's Rec Facility will Rival Many Commercial Gyms

    by McClatchy-Tribune February 2014

    FORKS OF ELKHORN, Ky. - Todd Lester, pastor of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church near Midway, knows people don't always come to church through the front door.

  • MiLB Team Unites Spokane Youth Baseball Leagues

    by Chris Derrick January 2014

    Indians unite Spokane youth baseball Programs join forcesunder one umbrella By Chris Derrick, (509) 459-5502 Negotiating Spokane's youth baseball maze became much easier Wednesday with the click of a mouse. The Spokane Indians unveiled a nonprofit collaboration with three youth baseball leagues that will set aside years of turf battles that often left parents and players frustrated. The Indians have united Pony baseball, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken and the baseball and softball divisions of the Spokane Youth Sports Association under the umbrella of Spokane Indians Youth Baseball. About 3,000 players are expected to compete in spring, summer and fall at various levels.