RECENT ARTICLES
  • Increasing Participation in Recreation Programs

    by Emily Attwood June 2012

    The last few years have been a mixed bag for the recreation industry. The recession brought with it budget cuts that forced many recreation departments to get creative.

  • Communities Find Solutions to Sports Field Shortages

    by Emily Attwood April 2012

    A dedicated push by communities across the country to get youths off the couch and out playing appears to be paying off.

  • Blog: Obstacles to Serving Obstacle Racers

    by Mary Helen Sprecher April 2012

    Like skinny jeans and Ugg boots, fitness goes through trends. And just as with skinny jeans and Ugg boots, those trends aren't for everyone. Discerning individuals recognize that. Those who aren't discerning become fashion victims, or in this case, fitness victims.

  • Sprint Football is Witnessing a Growth Spurt

    by Paul Steinbach March 2012

    Bruce Kirsh has been associated with Franklin Pierce University for more than four decades as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.

  • Recreation Departments Restructure to Maximize Efficiency

    by Emily Attwood February 2012

    Cities and recreation departments have been slashing services and staff, struggling to operate within their budgets without sacrificing programs.

  • 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Kaiserslautern Military Community Youth Sports and Fitness Program (Germany)

    by NAYS Staff November 2011

    For the youth sports staff at Germany's Kaiserslautern Military Community Youth Sports and Fitness Program, winning the 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award is the result of perseverance. "We have been trying for five years to win this prestigious award, and we finally did it," says Allen Fleming, youth sports director at KMC. In 2010, the program received Honorable Mention recognition for the award that is presented annually by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business. It recognizes five youth sports programs across the country that are doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches.

  • 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Town of Westport (Conn.) Parks and Recreation Department

    by NAYS Staff November 2011

    For the Town of Westport (Conn.) Parks and Recreation Department, winning the Excellence in Youth Sports Award not only recognizes the work of its staff, but also the longstanding relationships with several community youth sports providers that are crucial to offering quality youth sports to local children. "While the department has led the effort to make youth sports a safe and positive experience in Westport, it could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of the providers themselves," says Karen Puskas, program manager at the Town of Westport Parks and Recreation Department.

  • 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Marine Corps Community Services Cherry Point Youth Sports (N.C.)

    by NAYS Staff November 2011

    Despite only having a staff of two, the youth sports program at Marine Corps Community Services Cherry Point (N.C.) is striving to change the current youth sports landscape into a more child-friendly environment that stresses exercise, discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship. "We are passionate about having a hand in making those changes," said David Guthrie, youth sports director at MCCS Cherry Point Youth Sports. "We know that change has to start at home."

  • 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Village of Evendale (Ohio) Recreation Department

    by NAYS Staff November 2011

    Youngsters from the Village of Evendale (Ohio) sign up for the recreation department's youth sports programs to learn a variety of sports skills and have fun participating in games with their friends and teammates. But they also gain a greater appreciation of good sportsmanship, thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers. "We believe that we are making a difference in the lives of our youths by instilling good sportsmanship behavior and teaching all participants the skills they need to advance," says Kristen Maiden, program supervisor for Evendale Recreation. "That, in turn, will impact the rest of their lives."

  • 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: Drexel University Recreation Center

    by Andrew Cohen October 2011

    A recreational addition to the windowless 1960s-era Daskalakis Athletic Center, the Drexel University Recreation Center forms an integrated sports facility in a legible new center of collegiate and community activity. Its new face to the Philadelphia streetscape - primarily its south-facing window wall of clear and colored laminated glazing, augmented by metal and wood panels - engages the street with multiple points of access and transparency that showcases the interior activities. The faceted glassy facade evokes Drexel's blue and gold insignia colors and features a random series of undulating bays that define individual user spaces within the larger communal environment of the fitness floor. The color scheme and showcase of activity even spills outside, with an outdoor plaza suitable for diverse functions such as dance, aerobics and commencement featuring a blue and gold permeable rubberized surface.