Category Archives: Sports Spotlight

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

Posted in August 2014, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, PRB Top Stories, Sports Spotlight, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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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Colorful Memories

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The recreation soccer team Wayne Simmons played on as a youngster was easy to spot: Besides the orange jerseys his team wore, they also took the field with orange hair that the kids had sprayed before their games. It’s one of Simmons’ favorite youth-sports memories. “At this time the movie The Big Green was released by Disney, and our team adopted the team nickname “The Big Orange” since we had orange jerseys that season,” Simmons recalls. “At one of our … Continue reading

Posted in May 2014, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | Leave a comment

Enjoyable Experiences

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Several years ago Mike Buchanan, the superintendent for the city of Manhattan (Kan.) Parks and Recreation Department, was tending to some business at the park on a warm Saturday morning in July.  A softball team in the department’s 4th-grade league had begun practice, and Buchanan watched the girls complete some basic warm-up drills rather lethargically due to the heat. Then practice took an interesting turn. An assistant coach placed a bucket of water balloons between home plate and the pitching … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Columns, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | Leave a comment