Category Archives: Sports Spotlight

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

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Making Positive Memories

Growing up, Rick Bruya’s sports participation was packed with fun, learning, and character-building experiences. And—as it turned out—a career-shaping one too.  From the stinging disappointment of not making an all-star team as a 10-year-old after earning a coveted spot the year before, to capping his senior season of high school football with a state championship, Bruya’s wide-ranging experiences were the perfect backdrop for launching him into the field of recreation. These days, he savors his role in guiding youngsters of … Continue reading

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Remaining Relevant

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Teens who have been cut from their high-school basketball teams, or those not interested in playing at that competitive level, love participating in a popular high-school intramural basketball league at the city of Kearney (Neb.) Park & Recreation Department. “Although the games can get competitive, it is definitely a social affair,” says Scott Hayden, the director. It’s also a memory-maker for the youngsters—and for Hayden, too. This year’s league-championship game featured a crowd of about 200 people. Hayden reports that … Continue reading

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

What It’s All About

For Christi DeLoach, sports have always been a huge—and incredibly rewarding—part of her life. Whether it’s playing and competing or organizing and supervising, they have an impact on everything she does. “Sports have been a part of my life since I was very young, and it is where I am most comfortable,” says DeLoach, who has spent the past 14 years with the Columbia County Recreation Department in Georgia, including the last 10 months as assistant athletic supervisor. “It has … Continue reading

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Changing Course

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For more than 30 years, Jere Gunderman was perfectly happy with his retail and customer-service job in the private sector. But then one night 12 years ago, a television program changed his thinking—and his life. While watching an HBO Real Sports segment examining adult violence at youth sporting events, Gunderman was stunned by what he saw, and was inspired to do something about it. “This program was my wake-up call as to what was happening in youth sports,” Gunderman says. … Continue reading

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