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Special Olympics Unveils Online Courses For Coaches

Washington, DC–Special Olympics launched two online education resources for its coaches, aimed at improving the quality and consistency of Special Olympics’ coaches training worldwide. Special Olympics has partnered with two leading sport coaching education providers—American Sport Education Program and the National Federation of State High School Associations to develop and deliver Special Olympics-customized online courses that meet entry-level and continuing education certification requirements for Special Olympics coaches. As Special Olympics coaches are volunteers, the courses provide much-needed web-based alternatives to traditional in-person trainings. For more information, visit www.nfhs.org.

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NSPF Strives To Bring Swimming Lessons To All

Colorado Springs, Colo.–The Step Into Swim Campaign will direct $40,000 to four leading organizations who will help realize the Campaign’s goal to create one million more swimmers in the next 10 years. The non-profit agencies—American Red Cross, JCC Association, U.S. Swim School Association, and 21st Century Swimming Lessons—will teach children and adults the lifelong, lifesaving, healthy activity of swimming. Visit www.nspf.org and www.StepIntoSwim.org to learn more and to donate.

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Rain Bird Offers Training For Golf Products

TUCSON, Ariz.—Rain Bird Services Corporation has a new training program that focuses specifically on Rain Bird commercial and golf course central control system installation, operation and maintenance. The Rain Bird Factory Trained Program is designed to help contractors build their skills and open up new opportunities. The program offers professionals a chance to earn Installer, Operator and Technician designations across the complete line of products. For more information, call 800-RAIN BIRD, or visit www.rainbirdservicescorporation.com.

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Word On The Web

On “Compromise,” Oct. 12 Week-Ender blog:

Hey Ron!

Thanks for the great article! You are so right about the little things meaning a lot and making people feel good and cared about. I know your wife appreciates it too!

Angela Farber

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation

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On “How About Some Good News?!,” Oct. 19 Week-Ender blog:

A 10-year-old super soccer player recently scored all four goals in a 4-3 win. Everybody was telling him how great he was. He pointed to one of the weakest players and said for everyone to hear, “Lauren is why we won. She stole the ball and made a great pass to set up the last goal.” This girl smiled from ear to ear. What a great thing for a 10-year-old kid to do. Thanks for the article. I am spending the rest of the day focusing on all the great things people do.

Billy Moore

Gloucester, Va.

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Calendar

February

4-6 Southeast Pool & Spa Show, Atlanta, Ga.—Cobb Galleria Centre; www.midamericashow.com

25-27 Ohio Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio; www.opraonline.org

March

6-7 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo, San Jose, Calif.–San Jose McEnery Convention Center; www.cprs.org

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