Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

Buddy Up

Youth sports partnerships bring prosperity to Alabama communities. Photo courtesy of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission

As youth, collegiate, and adult teams huddle in preparation for the next event, the team behind these successful endeavors never stops working. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission (GSOBSC), which promotes a multitude of traditional and unique athletic venues along the Alabama Gulf Coast, is a case study of partnerships at work. Formation “The development of our sports commission began as a willing partnership between the key stakeholders in the community,” says Beth Gendler, vice-president of sales for GSOBSC. … Continue reading

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Hunting For A Haunting

All the goblins will gobble up s'mores! Photo courtesy of Alyssa Smith

It was 2 a.m. when Laura Lee heard the door open and slam shut in one of the old buildings at the Fort Delaware State Park. Although Lee was staying overnight on the island with a Boy Scout troop, no one else was supposed to be in the building where she was sleeping. Assuming someone was trying to spook her, she looked out the window to catch the prankster, but never saw anyone enter or exit the building. When she … Continue reading

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The Best In Special Events

Don't be sheepish about building a program around your community's strengths. Photo courtesy of Chester County Parks

Let’s face it—if you’re bored with your list of programs, so are your visitors. Seniors can only yell “bingo” so many times, and although the quest for tricks and treats probably never gets old for children at Halloween, it’s probably time to make some changes to the run-of-the-mill menu of programs. What can you do to liven things up? Here is a list of the some of the most unique ideas we found: The Mullet Haul  The Mullet Haul will … Continue reading

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Ride The Wave

All smiles after a successful day at the beach! Photo Courtesy of Jannet Harriss, City of Miami Beach Staff

A television documentary in early 2008 inspired Julio Magrisso, Assistant Director for the city of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Department, to pursue the idea of a surf camp for children with autism. That spring, the department partnered with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), a support program, to host the first camp. The idea was to provide a therapeutic surfing experience for children who may not otherwise be able to seek … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, September 2012 | Leave a comment

Treating And Preventing Concussions

There is a growing awareness of the potential long-term cognitive and physical impacts of concussions at every level of sports. A 2011 survey on behalf of Safe Kids USA found that 42 percent of parents worry to some degree about their children suffering a concussion while playing a team sport. Parents surveyed also indicated they and the coaches need to be trained in sports-injury prevention and sports safety. While there is still much to learn, parents also felt they are … Continue reading

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