Category Archives: Sports Spotlight

Lifetime Achievement

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Many years ago, Ken Koonce returned to his hometown of Kinston, N.C., for Christmas, where he received one of the best gifts a recreation professional could ask for—a thank you for a life he impacted through the power of sports. Walking through a mall one December day, he noticed a tall, well-built young man coming toward him. He learned that the man swam on Ken’s youth team many years before. Ken was stunned by what happened next. “He proceeded to … Continue reading

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Pass It On

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Growing up in Raleigh, N.C., in the late 1960s and early 1970s, young girls like Jane Bailey didn’t have many opportunities to participate in organized sports. But times have certainly changed there—thanks in large part to the enthusiastic and tireless efforts of Bailey and her staff at the city of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.  “Part of me wants to be sure that every child in the Raleigh area has the opportunity to participate in sports,” says Bailey, … Continue reading

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Playing Is Winning

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In 2003 the City of Arlington (Texas) Parks and Recreation Department decided to resume its youth-sports programming after more than a 20-year hiatus. And what a return it has been. Starting with 250 kids in that first year, the department now averages more than 5,000 participants annually.  “Based on customer-survey responses, we started offering youth sports again due to our community asking us to get back in the youth-sports business,” says Wendy Parker, who has been the athletic director at … Continue reading

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Healthy Pursuits

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Kelly Leger’s journey to becoming recreation superintendent at SpaldingCounty (Ga.) Parks and Recreation didn’t begin in typical fashion.  “My path to recreation superintendent began as a nursing-home social worker, where I saw many people suffering with chronic disease,” says Leger. “I then had the opportunity to be involved firsthand in developing prevention programs as a recreation senior-center supervisor. I worked to develop physical-activity programs which the senior adults became enthusiastic about. I discovered through my experiences in recreation that the … Continue reading

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Speak From Experience

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Growing up, Kevin Teate was fortunate to enjoy many years of fun-filled and stress-free youth sports participation. And he credits his dad for much of it.  “For the most part, all of my experiences in youth sports were good,” recalls Teate, the director of the PikeCounty (Ga.) Parks & Recreation Authority. “Most every year, my father coached my baseball team, and he always treated everyone on the team fairly. He never put pressure on any of the kids to win. … Continue reading

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