Category Archives: September 2006

Freeze Frame

The chair was comfortable, the picture window huge and the conversation pleasant. Across the desk from me, Mayor Jane Leaver seemingly had all the time in the world to sit and discuss her favorite subject – her city, Medina, Ohio. The scene and conversation were warming and, somehow, they gently reassured me that all was right in my hometown. We were in good hands. The Mayor had everything under control. As I left the city offices, my interview for the … Continue reading

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From Dream to Reality

Editor’s Note: Fred Engh is the founder of the National Alliance For Youth Sports. This is the first of his monthly youth sports columns written exclusively for Parks & Rec Business. Enjoy! I’ll never forget hearing the great musical arranger Quincy Jones’s comment about the day he turned 65. He said, “I woke up that morning and said to myself, ‘What happened?’” That’s the way it feels as I look back as the National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS) celebrates … Continue reading

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Treks and the City

Editor’s Note: Our intrepid international reporter is back – giving us a look at the way London and Amsterdam treat their cyclists. Like their counterparts here in the U.S., trails are always in demand, but adding them after the fact can be fraught with political landmines and sore backsides. Enjoy! The aluminum frame of my Claud Butler bicycle snapped just below the neck, like a gallows victim. The weak point lay where Claud – as I knew him – had … Continue reading

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Dodge Ball

Talk about old school. Is Dodge Ball really back? Was it ever gone? If the impressive registration numbers for MCCS Okinawa’s Dodge Ball tournaments are any indication, the answer is Dodge Ball is as popular as ever. So, if you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon, it’s time to get on the ball! Dodge Ball – As Popular As Ever Like all new programs, we started advertising our Dodge Ball leagues and tournaments well in advance of opening day in … Continue reading

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Making the Cut

Sometimes we would come to school and see it hanging on the door from down the hall. And, sometimes we would be waiting outside the door for the coach to post it. Either way, that single, simple, innocent piece of white notebook paper held the power to shape our destiny. It was anticipated. It was feared. It was cut day. We knew, if our name was on that paper, we moved on, to continue our sports journey. If our name … Continue reading

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