REC REPORT FEATURES
During the "Week of Play," from April 23 to 29, The Carmax Foundation and KaBOOM! hosted 10 community events nationwide to bring play opportunities to the children of veterans and Active-Duty service members. Ten grants for creative playsets were provided to nonprofit organizations across the country that serve children specifically. Each grantee, from Seattle to Fayetteville, N.C., celebrated the receipt of these play sets through community events.
USA Basketball will be operating 12 Open Court programs across the country in 2017, with a goal of providing kids a fun and safe place to get involved in free-play basketball and maybe even earn a few prizes. Learn more about the program and how your community can get involved.
Health and physical educators from across the United States headed to Capitol Hill in April to push for full funding to support health and physical education programs in schools and professional development of teachers. This is in response to threats of cuts to federal funding of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Cheerleading is among the most popular sports for girls in the United States, with more than 400,000 high school cheerleaders, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. But the injury rate in the sport is high, leading the NFHS to revise rules for the 2017-18 season.
In mid-March, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced the creation of an advocacy coalition to protect seasonal lifeguard staffing for commercial pools across the nation.
Maybe your community is going to the dogs. The recent National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association, tells us that the United States has over 54 million dog-owning households. And not surprisingly, off-leash dog parks have expanded by nearly 90 percent since 2007. And now, PetSafe Brand is promoting their Bark for Your Park grant program, which helps communities build, improve and maintain off-leash dog parks.
The American Red Cross and aquatic engineering and design firm Counsilman-Hunsaker are teaming up to provide a new Aquatic Management Program. The new program will employ a team of aquatic operations specialists to design and implement comprehensive operational strategies and management solutions for new and existing facilities of all types and sizes to improve safety, efficiency and sustainability.
For the third year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities through the national Meet Me at the Park campaign.
A doctoral student of analytical and environmental toxicology, Lindsay Blackstock, from the University of Alberta recently published findings that show people do indeed pee in public pools. Blackstock was able to determine signs of urine from trace amounts of acesulfame potassium in the water. This chemical compound is found in most artificial sweeteners.
Some people are fascinated by digging up the past, in a most literal sense. And in Fairfax County, Va., anyone can join the corps of volunteers who work alongside historians and county archaeologists that comprise the Fairfax County Archaeological Research Team (CART). Volunteers can work in the lab researching and cataloging archaeological finds, or get their hands in the dirt working on archaeological digs in the field—all the while learning about their county’s history.
A free scavenger-hunt activity in Greenville County, S.C., called Park Hop, is helping to inspire park usage. Research in the February 2017 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, a peer-reviewed electronic journal established by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, revealed that Park Hop helped "community-collaboration between park agencies and positively influenced park usage, park discovery, time engaged in physical activity during park visits and perceptions of parks."
Children across the country are reaping the benefits of a national out-of-school-time initiative aimed at improving childhood nutrition and increasing physical activity through local parks and recreation. Now in its third year, The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Commit to Health campaign, which utilizes the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards first adopted by the National AfterSchool Association, has been implemented by 1,250 park and recreation sites nationally—with an impact on more than 228,000 youth enrolled in out-of-school-time programming.
On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 former President Barrack Obama signed into law the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act. Also known as H.R 4665, this new law is the capstone of recent efforts by House representatives to increase the assessment of the outdoor recreation industries contribution to the United States’ Economy.
The first YMCA in America opened in Boston in 1851—seven years after the organization’s founding in London—with one of their original tenets being physical fitness. In 1891, Canadian James Naismith went to Springfield, Mass., to become the physical education teacher at the YMCA International Training School there. That winter, his boss—Dr. Luther Gulick—tasked him with creating an indoor game to provide an athletic distraction for his rowdy class that was confined indoors due to the harsh winter.
A new study published in the Frontiers in Public Health revealed that about 76 percent of the world’s population—including athletes—are “overfat,” a condition described in the study as having sufficient excess body fat to impair health.
A new study from Market Force Information found that consumers prefer their local YMCA or YWCA over all other national gym chains, and many gym-goers are planning to switch gyms in the next three months.
In December, Georgia saw one of its state parks designated as a Gold-Tier International Dark-Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. Stephen C. Foster State Park joins Big Bend National Park in Texas and Death Valley National Park in Nevada as one of the best places in the world for contemplating the cosmos.
Texas Tech has introduced the Raider Escape Room, a functional training, personal training, and athletic and sports-conditioning facility.
Pool closings have been an issue for parks and recreation facilities over the years, with some of the reasons for the closures being that communities have had to make budget cutbacks or have delayed necessary upgrades to their pools. But there are steps you can take to keep your pool operational.
A majority of U.S. households—82 percent—visited an attraction in 2015, according to new research from PGAV Destinations. The research offers insight into why some guests become members and season pass holders.