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Let Local Athletes Be The Stars Online  

Parks and recreation agencies can broadcast live sports events around the world with a free digital broadcasting platform from iHigh.

This enables organizations to broadcast over a personalized online channel while generating revenue through hyper-local ad sales.

This means that anyone with a camera, laptop and Internet connection can produce a live digital broadcast and watch it on a PC, smartphone, tablet, or any other Internet-connected device.

And the best part—it’s free for users. John Schumacher, public-relations representative for iHigh, says local businesses are able to buy air time. iHigh gets a percentage of the local advertising, which is how the company makes its money.

“So a local car wash, for example, can sponsor an inning, or they can have a canned spot where they just plug in their 30-second ad,” he explains.

What’s more, an iHighlight feature–currently in beta testing–will enable high school athletes to create a player profile including video, photos, and stats, to aid in college recruiting.

For more information, visit www.ihigh.com.

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Save Green, Mow Clean with Propane Mower Incentive

Washington–The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is offering $1,000 to qualified buyers of a new propane-fueled mower who agree to share information about the mower’s performance.

Customers who are accepted into the program can get the incentive for up to 10 eligible mowers bought from any mower dealer in the nation. The new propane commercial mower must be equipped with a 60- to 72-inch cutting deck.

“This is a research initiative that will reward lawn and landscape customers for choosing a lower-emissions mower and help PERC meet its research goals,” says PERC Director of Business Development and Marketing Mark Leitman.

Propane-fueled mowers cost less to operate than gasoline-fueled mowers owing to greater usage during ozone action days, convenient on-site fuel delivery, and the virtual elimination of fuel spillage and loss.

Propane mowers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half compared with gasoline mowers and meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency emissions requirements. Propane is made here in the United States, and using it instead of imported fuel can help increase the nation’s energy security.

Major manufacturers offering propane-fueled mowers include Ariens/Gravely, Bobcat, Briggs and Stratton (including Snapper Pro and Ferris brands), Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Exmark, Husqvarna, Kubota, Scag, Toro, and Zipper.

For more information, visit www.poweredbypropane.org.

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“Step Into Swim” 10-Year Campaign Announced  

Colorado Springs, Colo.—The National Swimming Pool Foundation is launching the Step Into Swim Campaign this year, in an effort to improve public health and reduce drowning.

The campaign asks pool, spa, and aquatic businesses and associations, and the public sector to sponsor organizations that are already teaching people to swim. It will officially kick off on October 10, just prior to the 9th annual World Aquatic Health Conference in Norfolk, Va. For more information, visit www.nspf.org.

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Calendar

October

10-11 Alaska Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Anchorage, Alaska—BP Energy Center; www.alaskarpa.org

10-12 World Aquatic Health Conference, Norfolk, Va.–Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel; www.nspf.org

16-18 National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, Calif.—Anaheim Convention Center; www.nrpa.org/congress2012

November

5-9 Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Chula Vista, Wis.; www.wpraweb.org

19-20 Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Annual Tradeshow and Conference, Montville, Conn.–Mohegan Sun Casino; www.crpa.com

 

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