• Tucson Unveils $225M Parks Plan

    by Joe Ferguson June 2018

    From swimmers to cyclists to youth sports leagues, there is a little something for everyone under a proposed plan to spend $225 million on Tucson parks and recreational areas.

  • Pickleball Popularity on the Rise

    by Scott Lockwood June 2018

    More than 3 million players play pickleball in the United States and that number has been growing by more than 10 percent each year over the past decade.

  • Website Offers Menu of Park Amenities

    by Jessie Van Berkel June 2018

    Minnesotans have a new tool to sort through outdoor destinations, as state officials debuted a website Tuesday that serves as a one-stop shop for amenities at hundreds of regional and state parks and trails.

  • How Campus Rec Centers are Offering New and Diverse Services

    by Michael Popke June 2018

    With fewer than 3,100 students, the University of Richmond will never be among Virginia's largest campuses. Yet for years it has been at the forefront of exploring modern approaches to student wellbeing and is now building a new facility that will house all campus healthcare services in one location. Those entities will include the Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services and the Center for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, as well as wellness education and nutrition services.

  • How PHIT America Is Helping Solve the Inactivity Pandemic

    by Jim Baugh June 2018

    Right now, the U.S. suffers from an inactivity epidemic. The state of physical activity in America continues spiraling downward. A recent study by the Physical Activity Council stated that 82.4 million Americans are physically inactive. Not surprisingly, sports participation patterns — specifically among children — continue to decline. PHIT America, a national cause focused on reversing America's inactivity epidemic, intends to reverse this troublesome negative trend before its impact is even greater on the economy, health care costs and military readiness.

  • Designated Spaces Bring Fitness Programming Outdoors

    by Courtney Cameron June 2018

    There's an age-old question that is almost as common in a learning environment as "When are we ever going to use this?" It goes, "Can we have class outside?" At the University of Oregon, that answer is yes — at least, if the class in question is part of any one of the school's group exercise programs or its for-credit Introduction to CrossFit physical education class.

  • UM’s Adventure Leadership Program Highlights Experiential Learning

    by Nazifa Islam May 2018

    Many people outside of the profession are often surprised to discover the depth and breadth of the work that NIRSA members are leading on campuses across North America and beyond. The University of Michigan’s Adventure Leadership Program—an outdoor leadership and team building development program focused on physical challenges or activities based on strategy and collaboration—is one of those eye-opening examples of innovative approaches to developing leadership capacity through interaction with campus recreation.

    Related: Developing leadership capacity in college students involved with collegiate recreation

  • After-School Basketball League Hopes to Build Bridge

    by Tom Flanagan May 2018

    It may sound unorthodox but John “Whitey” Moynihan and Stephon Cherry decided the best way to tackle a problem was to create a dilemma.

  • Opinion: Communication Key in Preventing Abuse

    by Dr. Stacy W. Thomas and Dr. Michele LaBotz May 2018

    Getting involved in sports, clubs, and other organized activities is good for kids. Children in activities get more exercise and have more self-esteem, research shows, and are better able to manage their time and build relationships. But with news stories about children sexually abused by adults involved in youth organizations, it can be frightening. Parents may wonder how to balance the risk and benefit.

  • How the Role of Campus Rec Continues to Expand

    by Michael Popke May 2018

    In the days after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas last August, causing unprecedented flooding and evacuations, the Stephen F. Austin State University campus in Nacogdoches — about two hours north of hard-hit Houston — came alive with efforts to help displaced residents.