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Over two years have passed since Sami’s grandmother first inquired about an accessible swing for the local playground. Sami is now six years old and no longer fully dependent on her wheelchair. Even though she has become a bit of a local celebrity, some things haven’t changed. Her favorite thing at the playground is still the swing.

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The National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA), Hoffman Estates, Ill., announces the National Aquatic Conference & National Aquatic Management School, March 6-11, at the Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, N.M.

The event will include learning, purchasing, certifications, networking and social opportunities for aquatic staff of all levels, and is designed for the chief executive, recreation director, recreation supervisor and all aquatic recreation managers involved in the design, management, operation, programming and maintenance of public and institutional swimming pools, water parks, beaches, marinas, and other aquatic activities.

The National Aquatic Management School (NAMS) is geared toward those who have primary or secondary responsibility in aquatic management. Graduates of the school will receive a certificate of completion.

Some of the topics include risk management, staff motivation and training, computer training for aquatics, beach and waterfront and group dynamics.

The exhibit hall opens on Saturday, March 8, and will include swimwear, renovation, instructional aid, pump room equipment and other suppliers.

Call (847) 843-7529 or go to for more information.

Athletic Business Announces New Show Name

MADISON, Wis. — Following its recent acquisition of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s share of the AB/IHRSA Sports & Fitness Facility Expo, Athletic Business announces a new name for the event, Athletic Business Conference & Expo.

Among the changes for the event, being held Dec. 4-6 in Orlando, Fla., the International Council on Active Aging will hold its first-ever conference in conjunction with the show. Called “Active Aging 2003″, the event will feature market research on the mature population, speakers, educational workshops and special events.

For more information, call (800) 722-8764 or go to

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