• Rec Center’s $20M Renovation Includes eSports Room

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    The addition of an eSports room and an adventure fitness course at a community recreation center in Westerville, Ohio, are examples of the kinds of trends operators are pursuing to get their communities engaged.

  • Join AB in Boston for NIRSA 2019

    by AB Editors February 2019

    The 2019 NIRSA Campus Rec & Wellness Expo kicks off Saturday, Feb. 16, in Boston, and as NIRSA’s preferred media partner, Athletic Business is excited to be a part of this year’s event.

  • Concussions Pose a Threat to Recreation and Other Campus Programs

    by Ian McGregor, PhD February 2019

    Though concussion protocols are crucial for on-campus housing, student unions, university events, and other areas on campus, campus recreation is particularly vulnerable to the threat posed by concussions and consequent changes in insurance coverage.

  • Nevada Lawmakers Propose Office of Outdoor Rec

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    Conservative lawmakers in Nevada are opening the new legislative session with a call to create a new state-level Office of Outdoor Recreation. 

  • Pipestem Resort State Park Expands Rec Programming

    by Courtney Cameron January 2019

    The Pipestem Resort State Park in West Virginia is expanding its outdoor recreation offerings as part of an $11 million investment package announced last week by Gov. Jim Justice.

  • Why Engaging More Students Should Be Top Priority for College Rec

    by Michael Popke January 2019

    Last spring, students in Oklahoma State University's health education and promotion program met with campus wellness leaders about ways to engage more students. They came up with a colorful solution.

  • Report Finds Discrimination in Chicago Parks Funding

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    Chicago’s Park District still has work to do to ensure parks in black neighborhoods receive the same consideration and resources as those in predominantly white neighborhoods.

  • United Effect: Atlanta's Youth Soccer Rosters Double

    by Jennifer Brett December 2018

    In her four years with the American Youth Soccer Organization in Atlanta, regional commissioner Meg Sheldon has seen rosters nearly double, from around 150 to 200 participants to between 250 and 300.

  • '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."