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.