Category Archives: August 2011

Step Up To The Plate

When I founded the National Alliance For Youth Sports in 1981, one of the driving forces behind that decision was due to the alarming number of youth-sports programs that resembled those in the professional ranks. As most know–that’s not what youth sports are supposed to be about. I knew that if programs continued down that path, more and more kids would become disenchanted with sports, bail out, and look elsewhere for something fun to do. Sizing Up The Numbers A … Continue reading

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The Sedentary Lifestyle

Some people have an inner desire to go for a run or a walk, ride a bike, or just get outside and play, while others prefer to stay inside and read a book, watch TV, cook, or eat a delicious meal. Although neither person is better than the other, there is one lifestyle that is clearly a healthier choice. So what can be done for those who lead a sedentary lifestyle that may be creating unhealthy circumstances? Here are five … Continue reading

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Designing Dog Parks

Dog parks–while nowhere near as ubiquitous as ball fields, picnic tables or tennis courts–are starting to become part of the American park landscape. Particularly in urban areas where dog owners are unlikely to have adequate residential space for their pets to run, the dog park serves as a community’s backyard. Various concepts exist to make municipal parks dog-friendly. In addition to the traditional fenced enclosure, other models include unfenced areas within parks where dogs are allowed to be unleashed, and … Continue reading

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Fortunate Hands

Ted was a retired carpenter. Widowed for more than 6 years, he honored the memory of the only woman he ever loved by going to church each Sunday and sitting in the same pew they always occupied as a couple. He was sure she could hear him when he was there. He had many friends, but there would never be another woman for Ted. He had prepared well for retirement, and lived comfortably and quietly. His only son had given … Continue reading

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Dancing To Their Own Beat

A former cheerleader, dancer and model, I somehow wound up with two boys who LOVE football. While I watch them at practice, and pray that neither breaks any bones, I am distracted by cheerleading practice in the distance. As the girls ages 5 through 15 practice their stunts and cheers, one of them suddenly tumbles from the top of a pyramid onto a matted area, smashes her head and bursts into tears; she is forced to lie still and await … Continue reading

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