REC REPORT FEATURES

May 2019

USA Swimming Grants Will Boost Learn-to-Swim Programs

The USA Swimming Foundation—the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming—raises funds to support programs that help save lives and strengthen the sport of swimming. Recently it announced that it has awarded more than $500,000 to learn-to-swim programs across the United States, which will help provide swim lessons to more than 25,000 children through the foundation’s Make a Splash Local Partners.

IHRSA: One in Five Americans Belong to at Least One Health Club

Later this year, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) will release the 2019 IHRSA Global Report, which provides an overview of the worldwide health club industry, and the 2019 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report. Since IHRSA began tracking health club utilization in 1987, the reports have shown that health clubs are playing an increasing role in helping consumers stay active, lead healthier lives, and pursue fitness and sport goals.

New Program Aims to Grow Pickleball & Tennis

A new program aiming to grow both pickleball and tennis has been announced by Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). The brainchild of PTR/PPR CEO Dan Santorum, PickTEN gives clubs a resource for attracting new players to their facilities through a fun, social and engaging program.

April 2019

IHRSA Reports on Health Club Compensation

Payroll is one of the largest expenses among health clubs, as hiring and investing in staff plays a critical role in serving and retaining members and clients. This is according to the new “2019 IHRSA Health Club Employee Compensation & Benefits Report” from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, a leading authority on the commercial health club industry. Data from 150 North American facilities was analyzed to calculate the salary and compensation results provided in the report.

Grant Funding Brings Parks Closer to People in 10 Cities

Cities that are participating in the 10-Minute Walk Campaign will receive new grant funding to help increase access to high-quality parks that are within a 10-minute walk. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) together with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) selected 10 cities nationwide to receive grant funding that totals $400,000 as part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign. The goal of the campaign is to address the fact that one in three Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of home.

Note & Float Program Reaches Lifesaving Milestone

The Note & Float Life Jacket Fund, a nonprofit that donates life jackets to swimming pools wishing to participate in the Note & Float drowning prevention program, announced that it has now donated more than 1,000 life jackets. Pools that receive life jackets from the program have discovered that their rescues declined by more than 50 percent, and their swim lesson enrollments have consistently doubled.

Fund Established to Assist Aspiring Women Coaches

A fund has been created that will help support the development, education and training of aspiring women football coaches and scouts who are pursuing careers in collegiate or professional football in the United States. The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) together with Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli recently announced the establishment of the Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts.

Applications Open for ESPN RePlay Program

ESPN’s RePlay Program seeks to revitalize vacant public spaces and make them community-oriented places for sports, recreation and play. Many of these vacant spaces—lots, properties, etc.—adversely affect their surrounding communities in many interconnected ways. Notably, as public eyesores, they both lower the property values of the surrounding properties and erode social cohesion and neighborhood pride. Moreover, research shows that that vacant properties increase police drug and violence calls, which is not healthy for any neighborhood or community. But while vacant public spaces pose a problem for several communities across America, there is a great potential develop these areas and bring vitality back to their communities.

March 2019

NRPA Offers Play Space Grants

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is now accepting applications for its 2019 "Meet Me at the Park" play space grants. Part of a $1 million donation by the Walt Disney Company, this grant funding supports projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families. Applications will be accepted through April 12.

Smarter Lifeguard Management

As the use of technology has become more prevalent in aquatics industry, Counsilman-Hunsaker has developed a series of HydroApps, meant to assist in the regular operations of an aquatics facility. These web-based applications provide facilities with aquatic knowledge and innovation, and the tools to streamline documentation, record-keeping and compliance. The most recent app aims to improve lifeguard management.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Aims to Boost Female Participation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced a new funding opportunity for organizations working to address the lack of representation of young women in soccer in underserved communities. The foundation will provide grants to programs that expand opportunities for girls in historically excluded communities and that use impactful strategies to increase female participation in the sport.

In Oregon, Outdoor Recreation Saves $1.4 Billion in Healthcare Costs

Many studies telling have confirmed how beneficial exercise and spending time outdoors can be for our physical and mental health. And more often we’re seeing those benefits broken down into dollars and cents as well. Recently, a report released by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) revealed that the state saves $1.4 billion annually in healthcare costs due to Oregonians’ participation in outdoor recreation activities.

February 2019

Survey: Communities Should Support Pollinators

Americans are in agreement that there should be designated areas for plants to support the health and growth of pollinators, such as honey bees and butterflies. Results of a recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association showed that only about 34 percent of Americans are confident that they know what to do to help the conservation of pollinators.

NSPF, APSP Unite to Form Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

Recently the National Swimming Pool Foundation and Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced that they will come together to form the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. The boards of directors of both organizations approved the unification in January, and work is now being done to establish structure, operations and governance, with the goal of officially beginning operations on April 1. With the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance as the umbrella, the new organization looks to lead advocacy, promotions and alliances within the industry.

Guide Aims to Help Gyms Implement Diabetes Prevention

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently released the “How Your Club Can Leverage New Diabetes Prevention Program” briefing paper to help fitness centers understand and implement the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Diabetes continues to be a growing problem in the United States and it ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States for 2015.

Senior Living Continues Shift Toward Wellness

Mounting evidence over the past few years reveals that senior living communities have been trending toward wellness-oriented lifestyles for their residents, and the findings of a new survey seem to erase any remaining doubt, showing that the tipping point toward wellness has been reached.

January 2019

Partnership Aims to Expand Play Opportunities

Recently, KaBOOM! and the CarMax Foundation announced a partnership renewal with the goal of bringing innovative play opportunities to another 170,000 kids by the end of 2021. The CarMax Foundation is pledging an additional investment of $4.4 million to assist KaBOOM! in transforming the future of play for those kids who need it most. A new program will invest in innovation, including the research and development of new play experiences.

Grant Funds Help Educate Pool Operators

Using funds from a Pool Safely grant, Bridgeport, Conn., is offering free Certified Pool Operator (CPO) courses for local pool operators. As part of a broader pool safety initiative by the city of Bridgeport, the pool certifications will boost the expertise of local professionals in a state that has no certification requirement for pool operators currently.

NFL Foundation Grants Boost Local Football Fields

Athletic fields can be great assets to neighborhoods, offering opportunities for recreation, exercise and education, as well as opportunities for communities to come together. And now, the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program seeks to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields.

Leaders Recognized for Advancing Outdoor Recreation

Every year, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) bestows “Oak Awards” on bipartisan decision-makers and OAK members for significant contributions in advancing opportunities for children, youth and families to learn, get active and serve in the outdoors. This year OAK added the Acorn Award, which recognizes exemplary youth leadership. This award is meant to deepen the connection between young people with parks and public lands.