• 'Little League for Esports' Targets Young Gamers

    by Jake Seiner December 2018

    Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he's best at "Minecraft." Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.

  • Why Youth Hockey Program Suddenly Has Cheerleaders

    by Eileen O. Daday November 2018

    The Rolling Meadows Park District is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and its youth and adult hockey programs go back more than 40 years. Yet this past fall season featured a new spin on the sport: cheerleaders in the stands. "I'm not going to lie, some of the players were a little confused about what was going on," says Stephan Polus, one of the youth hockey coordinators and a coach of the mite level Renegades, including the under 6-year-olds and under 8-year-olds. "But once the first period was over," he added, "the kids were really getting into the cheering."

  • How Cross-Campus Collaboration Helps Promote Student Wellbeing

    by Michael Popke November 2018

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may not have invented the culture of all work and no play, but many students at the prestigious research university have no doubt long subscribed to it.

  • City Adds Academic Element to Youth Programs

    by Alan Borsuk November 2018

    You want to play in the youth football program at Journey House? First, write a book report and show that you have a library card.

  • Durham Adds Futsal Space Amid Growing Demand

    by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan November 2018

    Futsal is ideal for kids because they get more contact with the ball and ideal for cities because tennis courts and basketball courts can be converted to a futsal pitch more easily than creating a new soccer field.

  • Sacramento State Hosts Wellbeing Town Hall Alongside NIRSA Midyear Meetings

    by Erin O'Sullivan October 2018

    Earlier this month, the NIRSA Board of Directors held their midyear meeting at California State University – Sacramento (Sac State). As a part of these meetings, the NIRSA Board hosted a Town Hall on October 12, inviting area members to gather at The WELL for a networking lunch and panel discussion. Attendees were also encouraged to bring their teams, their bosses, their cross-campus partners – anyone who might join them in this work of building cultures of wellbeing on their own campuses.

  • 2018 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Fort Wainwright

    by AB Editors October 2018

    The harsh winters that annually descend on Alaska bring many challenges, but no matter how low the temperatures plunge you can count on the youth sports and fitness staff at USAG Fort Wainwright continually finding ways for providing the highest quality programs for its youth.

  • 2018 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: City of Arlington

    by AB Editors October 2018

    During the fall of 2005, the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department staff in Texas began important discussions that would lead to reshaping the community’s youth sports landscape and positively impacting the lives of thousands of children.

  • 2018 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: City of Tamarac

    by AB Editors October 2018

    In 2011 the City of Tamarac in South Florida opted to seize control of its youth sports programs that had been run mostly by parent groups in the past.

  • Creative Programing Opens Your Doors to More Students

    by Brett Klika, CSCS & Founder of SPIDERfit Kids in conjunction with the American Council on Exercise October 2018

    Improved health awareness is making campus recreation facilities “sanctuaries of sweat” for an increasingly diverse population of student gym-goers. Once reserved for athletes and exercise enthusiasts, campus recreation centers are now evolving their program offerings to accommodate a larger demographic with a broad array of fitness needs.