Category Archives: November 2012

Do More Than Show Up

Recognizing kids who excel in youth sports encourages hard work and excellence. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Love Ishie knows all about challenges and, more importantly, overcoming them. Thanks to a basketball scholarship he earned to play at The Citadel, he left his family in Lagos, Nigeria, when he was 19 and moved more than 5,000 miles away to Charleston, S.C. Four years later, he was armed with a degree in physical education and a clear vision that he wanted to help make a difference in kids’ lives through the power of sports. But it wasn’t always … Continue reading

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Keeping Fitness Equipment Fit

Safety requires regular maintenance. Photo Courtesy of Greer Athletic Club, Greer, S.C.

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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This-N-That

For More Hiking Info Want to know how to choose a pair of binoculars? Ford a stream? Pack a backpack? Check out the American Hiking Society’s Hiking Resources Center for all sorts of hiking info, tips, and how-to’s. Download, print, or share articles on social media with other hikers, Scout troops, hiking clubs, park visitor centers, etc. For more information, visit www.americanhiking.org/HikingResources/Main. —————————————————————————– Design Guide Gets An Upgrade Lewisburg, Penn.—Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of playground and fitness equipment, has updated … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With The Seasons

Make sure your court surfaces are ready for the winter. Photo Courtesy of Plexipave Sport Surfacing, A Division of California Products Corp., Andover, MA

Depending upon where you are in the United States, seasonal maintenance of your park’s sports and recreational facilities may be a no-brainer–or at least a non-issue. If you’re in the South or Southwest, for example, the action on your basketball and tennis courts, soccer and softball fields, playgrounds and jogging trails doesn’t slow down–it keeps right on going. Up north, though, and toward the center of the country, many facilities go into hibernation by this time. Even if you don’t … Continue reading

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Continue The Climb To Success

Put a positive spin on life. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / krimchak

When my eldest son was only 5 years old, it was clear he was a gifted athlete. He averaged two “home runs” per T-ball game, and as he grew into “pitched” leagues, he showed even greater prowess. By the end of elementary school, there wasn’t a ball made that he couldn’t kick, pass, throw, hit, or run with as well or better than almost anyone his age. People sitting with us in the stands began to talk about his likelihood … Continue reading

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