Category Archives: June 2008

Synthetic Turf

The global demand for synthetic turf continues to grow by 15 percent or more annually. It is easy to understand why. The playing surface enabled the Barrow Whalers to become the first Arctic high school football team in northern Alaska, tripled the number of activities that New Jersey’s Sayreville High School held on its field last fall, and earned over $40,000 in rental fees from the community for Turpin High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Synthetic turf also became the preferred … Continue reading

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Prevailing In Spite Of Nature

Located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, Gulf State Park consists of 6,150 acres of pristine parkland. Nowhere else in the United States can one find fresh water (Lake Shelby) so near the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. These unusual conditions help create one of the country’s most unique state parks. The park is a natural gem featuring two miles of sugarwhite beaches, maritime forests and a habitat where animal and bird species … Continue reading

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Complex Planning

The City of Grand Junction, Colo., has a football complex that serves almost every user group in the mid-sized town. The facility is a model in maximizing the use of the central park location. Stoker Stadium and adjacent Suplizio Field host local high school sports, including football, soccer, track and baseball. Nearby Mesa State College plays football and baseball, and hosts track meets in the facility. Every June for two weeks, the stadium is the site of the Junior College … Continue reading

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Super Shades Save The Day

While Earth’s yellow sun turned Kal-El into Superman, those same rays can sometimes have devastating effects on us regular human beings here on Earth, including heat stroke or exhaustion, sun damage and skin cancer. Nowhere is the power of the sun felt more keenly than in Laredo, Texas, where the intense heat prevents the city’s youth from enjoying the parks. “For a child, there is nothing more delightful than the utter joy of being at play, whether that is whizzing … Continue reading

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Teaching Sports Skills

Have you ever coached one of those motor-gifted athletes who can pull off a perfect left-hand layup or synchronize a dolphin kick, or send a golf ball into orbit on just the first or second try? In fact, if someone can perform all three of these sports skills with a short learning curve, this person is in very select company. For most of us mortals, mastering a complex sports skill can be a long process peppered with setbacks. Many beginning … Continue reading

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