• Spotlight on Paul Wilson, NIRSA Historian

    by Sarah Kosch August 2018

    Paul Wilson has a long history with NIRSA. He has been an intramural athlete and a dedicated official, helped plan and host NIRSA regional conferences, hosted state and regional workshops during his 35 years as the director of intramural rec sports at the University of Oklahoma, and taken photos at NIRSA events even before he became NIRSA Historian. In fact, he has attended every Annual Conference but one since 1976!

  • Outdoor Smoking Ban 'Ties to Mission' of Park District

    by Marie Wilson August 2018

    In bans enacted as long ago as the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, more and more towns have prohibited smoking in outdoor public parks or during outdoor sporting events, saying no-smoking policies send the right message to children and protect public health.

  • Man Banned from Giving Free Tennis Lessons in Park

    by Rickey Ciapha July 2018

    The town has banned a tennis instructor from providing free lessons at Doty Park after officials said he refused to follow rules.

  • SAIT in Calgary Makes Some Noise for Mental Health

    by Brody Mark July 2018

    Coordinators are on the front lines of campus recreation departments across North America; those individuals who develop programs or champion campus initiatives know it can be tricky not to get stuck in a rut. But Marketing and Recreation Coordinator Amanda Gill and her team at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary are constantly working to build the buzz for healthy people and healthy communities. This past winter, Amanda and her team brought their creativity to bear on one special event in particular.

  • Opinion: Obsession with Winning Hurting Youth Sports

    by Dan Rothert July 2018

    The obsession with winning and being the best is killing youth sports. The obsession with publicizing youth sports successes exaggerates this obsession even further and forces parents into FOMO (Fear of Missing Out - my previous column) and unrealistic parental expectations. We need to bring back the fun and focus on development, quit worrying about winning and "keeping up with the Joneses" and stop publicly boasting about our kids' youth sports successes.

  • Special Olympians to Play in International Tourney

    by Marie Wilson July 2018

    Several suburban athletes with and without disabilities — but all with a high level of soccer skill — will take to Toyota Park this week to compete in a first-of-its kind international tournament. The inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup from Tuesday through Friday in Bridgeview involves 24 men's and women's teams from 21 nations, all aiming to be the first champion in the event designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The final matches are set to be aired live at 7 p.m. July 20 on ESPN2. Special Olympics athletes and peer partners from Aurora, Naperville, Schaumburg and Vernon Hills are among the members of two Illinois-based teams representing the United States, along with teams from Texas and the Kansas City area. "This is a big deal for a lot of people," said Aurora Special Olympian Ryan McDonough, a 21-year-old who has autism and is a student in Indian Prairie Unit District 204. "Normally we don't get this opportunity.

  • Sports Leagues for Adults See Growth

    by Chicago Daily Herald July 2018

    Health and socialization are the driving forces behind the growing popularity of adult recreational sports leagues, particularly among millennials.

  • Even in Prisons, Pickleball is Popular

    by Scott Gleeson July 2018

    The sport is the fastest-growing in the USA, attracting more than 2.8 million players, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

  • Playground Closes, New Park Planned

    by Ryan DiPentima July 2018

    As rain poured down atop the park's wooden castle, a van filled with children pulled up to the gates of Kid's Kingdom Playground in Boynton Beach.

  • Foundation Seeks to Expand Recreation Offerings

    by Myron Madden July 2018

    Collegedale, Tennessee is establishing a foundation that will allow its fledgling Parks and Recreation Department to further grow and expand its offerings.