Category Archives: Sports Spotlight

Making Memories

For many kids, youth sports are a defining factor in their lives. Photo Courtesy NAYS

Kim Turner loved competing in track during her high-school days. She thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the school’s cheerleading squad, too. But her favorite memories—the ones that still resonate and are powerful enough to put a smile on her face decades later—are from her days as a youth-sports participant. And those memories have made a defining difference in how she handles the challenge-filled position of director of New Kent County Parks and Recreation in Virginia. “My best memories were … Continue reading

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

Pass It On

Erin Niemeyer. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Erin Niemeyer hit the youth-sports jackpot when she was growing up. Sport after sport and season after season, she was lucky enough to play for coaches who instilled life-defining values that continue to impact her today. Now, she’s doing everything possible to make sure the roughly 3,000 kids who participate in programs offered by the Redwood City (Calif.) Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department are treated to the same types of high-quality experiences she enjoyed growing up. “One of my … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, March 2013, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | 1 Comment

Destined To Lead

Steve Herrera

It seems Steve Herrera was destined for a career in recreation. Growing up three blocks from a community center, he spent the bulk of his free time playing sports, forging friendships, and gaining valuable experience. In his 13th year as the recreation supervisor for the city of Carlsbad (Calif.), Herrera puts that knowledge to good use, overseeing a diverse offering of sports programs for 1,500 kids, ranging from 4 to 14. “As a child, I played many recreation sports, and … Continue reading

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

Passion With A Purpose

Duane Smith. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Duane Smith has always been passionate about sports. So, when he chose to switch careers—moving from education to parks and recreation—he funneled that passion in a new direction, and the roughly 2,000 children who participate in sports programs at the Mokena Community Park District in Illinois have been reaping the benefits. “When I decided to change careers, I began to see the recreational side of things and how beneficial its components were to social development; in essence, I began to … Continue reading

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

Family Ties

Sheila Lillis says every child should have the chance to be part of a team. Photo Courtesy of NAYS

Growing up, Sheila Lillis had a front-row seat observing the power of sports and what it takes to provide quality youth programming. “In my family, growing up with sports played such a large role in how we engaged with each other, and my father was a volunteer coach and volunteer athletic director at the school we all attended,” Lillis explained. And she puts those valuable lessons learned—from the playing field and from her home—to use every day at the City … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, December 2012, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Sports Spotlight | Leave a comment