Category Archives: Sports Spotlight

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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Destined To Serve

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It seems Jerome Krieger was destined for a career in parks and recreation. Growing up across the street from a recreation center in St. Paul, Minn., “[It] was my home away from home,” he says. “I remember all of the great professionals that managed the center and thought how great it would be to have that job one day,” Krieger recalls. “My dream came true, and I was honored to be the director of the NorthDaleRecreationCenter in St. Paul, that … Continue reading

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Passionate Leader

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Growing up in the 1960s, Jeff Berthney’s days were filled with playing sports—from all-day sessions with neighborhood pals to taking part in a variety of organized programs. “Although my dad was in the Navy, my mom saw to it that I was always involved in sports,” Berthney says. “Since she did not drive, she did not see me play all the time. As one of the kids who walked to practices and games by myself, I remember how I felt. … Continue reading

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Role Models For Rookies

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Darryl Hopkins’ first experience playing youth football at age 7 turned out to be a life changer. “The best coach that I played for growing up was the first coach I ever had,” recalls Hopkins, the superintendent of athletics for the Statesboro-BullochCountyParks and Recreation Department in Georgia. “I had the time of my life. I didn’t realize it then, but he affected my life, and he is a big part of why I am successful today.” Successful, indeed, as he’s … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, October 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | Leave a comment

Dedicated To The Next Generation

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Recreation professionals often put in ridiculously long hours, so even the smallest gestures from youngsters in the programs can have the biggest impact. Just ask Landon Carroll, the Recreation Program Manager for the town of Holly Springs Parks & Recreation in North Carolina. “I remember working skills-assessment for a 9-10 boys soccer league,” recalls Carroll, who is in his fourth year as the recreation program manager at Holly Springs, and is a Certified Youth Sports Administrator. “All of the parents … Continue reading

Posted in August 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | 1 Comment