• 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.

  • Rec Committee Makes Compromise on 5K, 10K Race Fees

    by Rachel Molenda, Staff writer June 2014

    Organizations that want to host 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races in Charleston would still have to pay a fee for associated city services under a proposed ordinance, but the Parks and Recreation committee made changes Tuesday that should satisfy the city and organizations, said chairwoman Susie Salisbury.

  • Bill Paves Way for Bike-Sharing Program in Philadelphia

    by CINDY STANSBURY; Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5914 June 2014

    City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee approved a bill yesterday that would pave the way for a bike sharing program in Philadelphia The bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, now moves to Council for a full vote.

  • Wheelchair Tennis Program Rolling out in New Mexico

    by Toby Smith For the Journal June 2014

    "There are two differences," says Enrique Aguilar. "One, you're in a wheelchair. Two, you get two bounces to return a ball."

  • Rec Director to Be Replaced by Nonprofit Partnerships

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; NEWS NIAGARA REPORTER June 2014

    The Common Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to abolish the job of Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke, while using not-for-profit organizations to provide some summer programming.