Category Archives: Sports Spotlight

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

Instilling Life Values

As the nation’s third-largest county park system, Miami-DadeCountyParks, Recreation and Open Spaces in Florida provides youth-sports programming for a jaw-dropping 9,000 youngsters. That’s a lot of kids, a lot of volunteers coaching them, and certainly a lot of challenges for the staff overseeing the programs for youngsters ranging in age from 5 to 17. “Not every child is the same, and not every child comes from the same background,” says Eduardo Martinez, who is in his sixth year as the … Continue reading

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

Focusing On Fun

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Youngsters participating in sports programs at the Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Department in Kentucky will never complain about being bored. Department Director Chris Truelock makes sure of that. “Last season, we dedicated ourselves to ensuring that fun in our youth-sports programs was paramount, and we refused to continue to offer the same, old, standard sports leagues,” says Truelock, who took over at the start of 2012 after 18 years at the Bloomington (Ind.) Parks and Recreation Department. “We wanted much more … Continue reading

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

Forging Friendships

The best part of playing youth sports? Making lifelong friends!

Grateful for all of the friendships she forged while playing sports, Leslie Brinson is intent on making sure youngsters who participate in programs at the city of Bloomington’s (Ind.) Parks & Recreation Department are as lucky as she was. “Most of my memories involve teammates and the strong lasting friendships we created on the court or field,” says Brinson, who has spent the past decade as the department’s Facility/Program Coordinator. “I want participants in my program to develop life-long friendships … Continue reading

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