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JULY 2019 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

Nation's Pediatrics: Put More Emphasis on Enjoyment of Sports

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and Recreation

When young children play organized sports, it can lead to long-lasting health benefits for their bodies and minds, as well as improving their self-esteem. And when the focus is on kids having fun during these pursuits—instead of just winning—they're more likely to stay involved in athletic programs and keep physically fit throughout childhood. This is the message from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which recently published a clinical report "Organized Sports for Children, Preadolescents and Adolescents" in the June 2019 issue of Pediatrics.

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REC NEWS

CMAHC Announces New Executive Director

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code welcomes Kristie Riester as its new executive director.

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NFWF Announces $2 Million in Conservation Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced six conservation grants totaling $2 million to restore, enhance and protect forest and wetland habitats in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

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Anglers Called on to Collect Data & Trash on the Fourth

Keep America Beautiful partnered with Fishbrain, a popular mobile app and social network for people who love fishing, to ask the app's more than 5 million users in the United States to undertake the largest-ever crowdsourced audit of litter in the U.S.

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Grants Awarded to Three Cities for Pet-Friendly Initiatives

Better Cities for Pets, a Mars Petcare program, in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, announced its 2019 grant recipients: St. Petersburg, Fla., Dayton, Ohio, and Key West, Fla., with grants totaling $60,000.

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Columbus Opens New Mini-Pitch at Eakin Elementary

The Columbus Crew SC Foundation, Columbus City Schools, Columbus Recreation and Parks, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation together unveiled a new mini-pitch at Eakin Elementary School in Columbus.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Youth Sports Teams, 2019

Youth Sports Teams, 2019

Well over half (58.4%) of respondents to the 2019 Industry Report said they currently offer youth sports teams among the programs at their facilities. Youth sports teams were most commonly found in the facilities of respondents from Ys, where 83.6% currently have them. They were followed by schools (80.7%); parks (72.7%); and rec centers (71.8%).

Looking forward, 15.8% of respondents with plans to expand programming options at their facilities said they would be adding youth sports teams. Respondents from health clubs were most likely to have such plans, with 30.8% of those who will be adding any programs indicating that they planned to add youth sports. They were followed by schools (23.5%), parks (17.9%) and colleges (16.2%).

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A Look at Trends in Schools & School Districts

Schools and school districts provide a huge range of services, from simple youth sports programs to shared community facilities. Here we look at trends among school respondents in the State of the Industry Report.

For more information, read A Look at Trends in Schools & School Districts.

A Look at Trends in Colleges & Universities

Colleges and universities continue to struggle with budget cuts, but providing wellness for life is still an important mission.

For more information, read A Look at Trends in Colleges & Universities.

Engage Fans & Players: New Innovations in Sports Facility Design

Not every facility can reach the heights of technology found in a professional arena, but smart ways to engage fans and players have trickled down from the big leagues, bringing video boards, better connectivity and more to a new generation of sports fans.

For more information, read Engage Fans & Players: New Innovations in Sports Facility Design.

Weather Warnings: Lightning Alerts for Sports Safety

Outdoor sporting events are fun for everyone—until the weather turns. It's crucial when planning events of all kinds to be aware of the potential for lightning.

For more information, read Weather Warnings: Lightning Alerts for Sports Safety.

Select Your Surface: Sports & Fitness Flooring Fundamentals

Recreation, sports and fitness facilities need the right kind of surface to serve the needs of people playing sports, working out and getting fit. Here are some things to consider when making your selection.

For more information, read Select Your Surface: Sports & Fitness Flooring Fundamentals.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

The IHRSA Institute, Aug. 6 to 9 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (www.ihrsa.org)
FRPA Annual Conference, Aug. 26 to 29 in Orlando, Fla. (www.frpa.org)
2019 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 24 to 26 in Baltimore, Md. (www.nrpa.org)
ICAA Conference & Trade Show, Oct. 10 to 12 in Orlando, Fla. (www.icaa.cc)
16th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 16 to 18 in Williamsburg, Va. (www.thewahc.org)

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