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December 2006
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Minority Report The student-athletes who take the fields and courts at Division I universities nationwide are a remarkably diverse bunch. Yet, as a new study shows, those charged with overseeing those schools' athletic programs are not.

According to the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, white men overwhelmingly lay claim to leadership positions in college sports, while few women and minorities occupy the top jobs of athletic director, conference commissioner and university president. Released last week, the 2005 Racial and Gender Report Card for College Sports analyzed employment data for all 1,025 NCAA member institutions, conferences and NCAA headquarters.

"The situation still remains that people who lead college sports in America are still white, which doesn't reflect the student-athletes on the teams they represent," Richard Lapchick, the institute's director, told the Associated Press. Blacks accounted for 57.8 percent of Division I basketball players and 45.4 percent of football players, the study said.

During the 2004-05 academic year, all 11 NCAA Division I-A conference commissioners - the most powerful people in college sports, according to Lapchick - were white men. Moreover, excluding historically black conferences, the study reported that all 36 Division I conference commissioners were white (six of whom were women).

In addition, 94.1 percent of Division I-A university presidents whose colleges belong to the NCAA were white, 3.4 percent were black and 2.5 percent were Latino. Only fifteen women (12.6 percent) held their university's top job.

Public Utility Parks are supposed to be green. But apparently, the buildings housing parks employees can be too.

The Cincinnati Park Board is partnering with two local alternative energy providers to use solar and wind energy to power the agency's administration building. Outside the building, a wind turbine and $45,000 solar panels donated by one company, Duke Energy, are to be installed by a second, Third Sun Solar and Wind Power.

A $60,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Energy Efficiency helped fund the pilot project, which is part of the Cincinnati Green Initiative. City officials hope results from the project can be used to determine whether other municipal buildings can utilize renewable energy.

In the Field
Company News
  • GeneralSports Venue (Rochester, Mich.) announced the restaging and re-launch of the AstroTurf brand, including the enlistment of Archie Manning, a former NFL MVP, as the brand's public endorser.
  • The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) recognized Arizon Structures (Maryland Heights, Mo.) with the 2006 International Achievement Award for its specialty fabric project, and an Outstanding Achievement award in the Tensile Structures Under 10,000 Square Feet category.
  • Penco Products Inc. (Oaks, Pa.) announced the appointment of Greg Grogan to the position of president. Grogan will also serve as president for All Star Bleachers and Schmidt Structural Products Inc.
  • SCIFIT Systems Inc. (Tulsa, Okla.) named Ken Pearson the European development director to lead the recently formed SCIFIT UK, headquartered in Kingsclere, England.
  • SeaKlear (Redmond, Wash.), a maker of pool and spa water treatment solutions, received EPA approval for use of its Particle Removal System product as a viable means of enhanced filtration to effectively trap cryptosporidium.

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It's Show Time
ABC 2007 in Orlando Seminars that sizzle, workshops that wow, exhibits that rock and events that dazzle... you'll find it all at the 2007 Athletic Business Conference & Expo, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

ABC is known for in-depth seminars by the industry's best speakers that will give you new strategies for programming, funding and leading your organization. And, if a building project is in your future, ABC offers two full seminar tracks that will guide you step-by-step through the building process.

Cost is just $395 for the first person, $340 per person for the second and third person from the same organization, and $160 per person for each additional person (4th and beyond) from the same organization - inexpensive when compared to many other conferences.

Fast Job
Illinois Swimming Inc. (ISI) in Des Plaines, Ill., is seeking a proven and dynamic leader to serve as executive director and be responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of ISI.
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Did You Miss This?
In our current issue: The December issue reported on how U.S. military fitness professionals are mulling the best physical training methods to help keep troops in shape and in the ranks.

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And the Survey Said
In response to last month's Quick Question, Las Vegas, Orlando and San Diego are your top picks for the ideal Athletic Business Conference & Expo location. In a close contest for the number-one position, memories of last month's event in Las Vegas edged out anticipation for the 2007 ABC in Orlando.

Complete Results: For the first time, this year the Athletic Business Conference & Expo was held in Las Vegas. Which of these cities would be the ideal ABC location?

  • Las Vegas: 23%
  • Orlando: 22%
  • San Diego: 18%
  • San Antonio: 14%
  • Atlanta: 8%
  • New Orleans: 8%
  • Phoenix: 7%
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