Category Archives: May 2012

Oh, To Be Czar Of Youth Sports

Red-faced coaches screaming at officials, out-of-control parents and players kicking the ideals of good sportsmanship to the curb–Kyle Kebaugh saw it all as a young athlete. “I would say in my 11 years as a youth athlete, I saw my fair share of coaches and players who did not represent a quality level of sportsmanship on the playing field,” says Kebaugh, the sports coordinator for St. Mary’s recreation and parks in Maryland. “So now I work to educate our coaches … Continue reading

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Pedal Power

Yesterday, I took a vacation day to recover from our not-so-annual corporate meeting here at our Medina, Ohio headquarters. Like all mid-week vacation days, this one still entailed some non-vacation activities, like getting my high-schooler to the bus stop across town (at 6:30 a.m.), running the two middle-schoolers through their morning routine and, when it was all done, celebrating with breakfast at a local restaurant with my wife and four-year-old twins. While we watched our twin girls get scolded by … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Kickstart A Bike Park Project Whistler, B.C., Canada–Alpine Bike Parks introduces a new program called Parkstart to help a bike park get built in a community. The bundle of products and services includes everything needed to present a premium bike park concept to a local government for approval and funding for construction documents and construction. For more information, call (604) 962-1951, or visit www.alpinebikeparks.com. ———————————————————————————— Field Notes Underhill International has tapped Eagle Sales of Grass Valley, Calif., as the company’s … Continue reading

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Develop A Bike-Sharing Program

Those sightseers who have been to a destination such as a beach have most likely encountered a basic bicycle-rental program. There are now sophisticated, automated bike-sharing programs in several metropolitan cities, such as Paris, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Denver, and Miami, with upcoming programs planned for Boston and New York City. Even colleges and universities seeking to help their student body become healthier and lighten their carbon footprint are adopting this classic mode of transportation. How does a department even … Continue reading

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Hey, Mama!

Writer’s Note: I know this is a terrible way to begin, but before I get this article rolling, let me issue a few disclaimers. Disclaimer #1: I’m a new mom. This means I’ve been brainwashed by months of hormones, hundreds of tiny pairs of blue socks, many sleepless nights, and countless beautiful smiles from my self-proclaimed “world’s cutest baby” into thinking that the world now revolves around this little person who has recently rocked my universe. While my “new-mommy-tunnel-vision” probably … Continue reading

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