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Foundation Celebrates Sports Innovations

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2018 Sports Award, which recognizes organizations, individuals and professional teams that incorporate innovative and collaborative approaches to improve the health of their communities through sport. Some of these efforts include creating more opportunities for kids living in poverty, promoting exercise and healthy eating habits, creating safe play environments, and working to stop abuse, bullying and violence.

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Boston Reaches Major Park-Access Milestone

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and The Trust for Public Land announced the City of Boston reached a major milestone in ensuring that all Boston residents have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

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AAOS Celebrates Passage of Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons celebrated the passage of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, which provides legal protection for traveling team physicians and safeguards injured athletes' timely access to health care professionals who best know their medical history.

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APSP Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced the winners of its 2018 APSP Awards Program, which recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

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Keep America Beautiful Advances Effort to Recycle

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful initiative that takes place on and in the week's leading into Nov. 15, recognizes the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling and provides an educational platform to raise awareness.

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STMA Earns PGMS Gold Medal Award

Sports Turf Managers Association has been recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society with the 2018 Gold Medal Award.

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Sports Programming in 2018

Sports Programming in 2018

Youth sports programs are almost always among the top program offerings currently provided by most respondents to the Industry Report. But other types of sports programs are also quite popular, depending on the facility type being covered.

Among all respondents, 59.9 percent in 2018 said they currently provide youth sports teams. Another 47.9 percent said they provide sports tournaments and races, and 45.8 percent said they currently offer adult sports teams among their options.

Youth sports teams were most common among respondents from Ys (where 87.7 percent currently include this offering), schools (83.8 percent) and parks (75.9 percent).

Adults sports teams were most commonly found among respondents from parks (64.2 percent currently include this in their programs), community sports and recreation centers (61.5 percent) and Ys (58 percent).

Finally, sports tournaments and races were most commonly offered by Ys (58 percent), colleges and universities (56.3 percent), and parks (54.8 percent).

Other sports activities covered in the Industry Report include sport training (such as golf instruction or tennis lessons), and individual sports activities (such as running clubs or swim clubs).

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Get Inspired: Incorporating the Arts Into Parks

Nature has long been one of humankind's most common sources of inspiration. Parks have stepped up to provide an outlet both for artists and for those who want to view the beauty.

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Healthy Swimming Pools & The Importance of Chlorine

Recreational water illnesses are a real threat. Chlorine is your essential tool in keeping them out of your pool.

For more information, read Healthy Swimming Pools & The Importance of Chlorine.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Making a Great Event

When you want to create a successful event or festival, there are a lot of to-do's. Here, we talk to some folks in charge of unique and successful events about what keeps people coming back every year.

For more information, read Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Making a Great Event.

A Community Works Out

At John S. Simms Park in Bellflower, Calif., a popular new outdoor fitness area connects local residents of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to wellness.

For more information, read A Community Works Out.

Avoiding Entrapment

Ten years ago, we took a look at the impact the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act had on aquatic facilities.

For more information, read Avoiding Entrapment.


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