Category Archives: Sports + Fitness + Recreation

Light The Fire

Photos Courtesy of Bethany McCaslin, Clarksville Parks and Recreation

Early spring brings the sounds of horseshoes clanging on iron stakes from the Swan Lake sandpits, as seniors age 50 and above take aim and throw, flipping the shoes in a steady rhythm, hoping to score a “ringer.” While everyone is a competitor in the pits, with little conversation, they will gather later as friends.  Over at the shuffleboard courts, no one would mistake the sport for a cruise-ship leisure activity. Janet Ramser grips her 6-foot cue stick with grim … Continue reading

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The Satisfaction Of Working With Seniors

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In this world of fast information, fast food, and fast results, it’s easy to forget the importance of slowing down and face-to-face communication.  Many seniors haven’t forgotten this. While many of them have email, smart phones, and tablets, many do not. One of the most important challenges today is to remember to really interact with program participants. In the rush for efficiency and the convenience of technology, we can, inadvertently, leave seniors in the virtual dust.  Ten years ago, when … Continue reading

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Starved For A Makeover

Photos Courtesy Of Patricia Lindsay, Oakland County Parks photographer

In an effort to provide enhanced customer service at 13 locations and host 1.6-million visitors annually, the OaklandCountyParks and Recreation Commission completely revamped its model to provide food-and-beverage services for weddings, golf outings, family reunions, waterpark visits, and other events. Since 1974, the parks system—based in Waterford, Mich.—relied upon a single provider to meet all of its food-and-beverage needs. E. A. Fuller Oak Management Corporation was responsible for lunch or dinner for golf outings, concessions at waterparks and campgrounds, limited … Continue reading

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Fistball: The best sport you’ve never heard of

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There is a new sport on the recreation scene in southeastern Wisconsin. Fistball.  “Once I played it, I knew the kids would like it, too.” says Lucas Nieman, Youth Sports Director at the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend.   Fistball has been described as “a combination of tennis and volleyball” (Sue Bliese, Unit Director for the Jackson Boys & Girls Club) and “volleyball with a bounce” (Jim Blank, President of the United States Fistball Association (USFA)).  Volleyball With A Bounce … Continue reading

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An Assortment Of Events

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Another weekend, another 5K, 10K, bike ride, hike, half-triathlon, marathon, etc. At least this is the mindset I had before watching the Eco-Challenge expedition race in the 1990s. I was completely mesmerized by this race that had teams competing 24 hours a day over a rugged 300-mile course in events that included anything from horseback riding and mountain biking to scuba diving and kayaking. I was particularly intrigued by how strenuous completing such a task would be. In 2000, I … Continue reading

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