Updates on COVID-19 From Across the Industry | Athletic Business

Updates on COVID-19 From Across the Industry

As the athletics, fitness and recreation industries take up the challenge of responding to the COVID-19 crisis, we at AB Today wanted to recognize the many ways the professionals and companies in our industry are meeting the moment. Below you’ll find communications from a number of companies that have reached out to us over the past few weeks with updates, tips and resources in these challenging times. We’ll be updating this page over time. Be well! 

Life Fitness

We're all in this together. We’re proud to be sewing masks in our Owatonna, MN factory to donate to local healthcare facilities. These masks are acceptable for general use and sewn by Kris Morgan and Lisa Boyd to the specifications of Allina Health. Read More

Augie's Quest

With the recent assignation of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we are sharing pertinent information with the ALS community to understand the risks and impact of SARS-CoV2. Please note that per the CDC, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and the CDC will continue to share updates daily. Read More


Draper, Inc. has donated 1200 masks to an Indiana hospital. Both paper and N95 masks were included in the donation to Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Indiana. Read More


Daktronics’ top priority is to protect the well-being of our employees, suppliers, customers, and the community at large, while continuing to deliver quality product and services, helping to ensure sustainability of the organization, and preserving the intrinsic long-term value for our shareholders. Read More

PHIT America

PHIT America , a non-profit that funds physical activity programs to help Americans get more physically fit and healthy, has launched a free campaign called How to Cope with Coronavirus. Available at Coping.PHITAmerica.org, this online toolkit offers 10 Tips for physical activities which American families can enjoy both at home and outdoors and is available for anyone to use. Read More


On March 16, NIRSA President Leah Hall Dorothy facilitated a roundtable focused specifically on COVID-19 preparedness efforts and considerations for campus recreation departments. Over 150 sites logged in live to join the conversation. Read More


ClearSpan Structures has quickly adjusted their manufacturing facility to provide governments, medical centers and communities with rapidly deployable disaster response structures and medical buildings. ClearSpan is now able to ship these buildings in fewer than 24 hours, and because of this quick turn around, the company already has buildings being used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


Washington state, where the office of our Americas team is located, has issued a statewide proclamation ordering all Washingtonians to stay at home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus).  Because of this, SportsArt America is cooperating with our local government’s order starting today at 4 pm PST. We are planning to reopen at 6:30 am PST on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Read More


The IHRSA community is vast, comprising nearly 10,000 members from over 70 countries. The wider fitness industry is even broader, with over 200,000 facilities according to the 2019 IHRSA Global Report. And now, just about every one of those 10,000 IHRSA members and 200,000 worldwide facilities has questions and concerns about how to handle the coronavirus crisis. Read More

Spectrum Aquatics

COVID-19 continues to be top of mind for many of you, just as it is for all of us here at Spectrum. Spectrum is continually discussing how to protect the health and well-being of our team members, their families and our customers. Read More


The COVID-19 crisis demands a response. The social isolation requirements of the pandemic has taught us that things we once took for granted, like standing in line, are now no longer safe. Covermaster's Modular Partition System can help us quickly adapt our architecture to the new normal, and then restore it quickly when the crisis has passed. Read More


In these difficult times, there is no such thing as “business as usual.” Our focus is on the health and safety of our team, family, friends, clients and industry partners. We are closely following the guidelines and recommendations of health agencies and will do everything possible to keep our community safe. Read More 

Barker Rinker Seacat Architects

We know you all are getting bombarded with news, articles, alerts, and emails regarding COVID-19. Like many others, we have adjusted to allow for work from home, that's not the only adjustment we're seeing. Read More 


Nationally, more cities and states have implemented shelter in place orders, closed schools and businesses, and taken crucial measures to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. As these changes in policy and practice have been implemented, many questions regarding the safety of public playgrounds and play structures have emerged. Read More


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