November 2020

2020 Voters Approve $3.7 Billion for Parks & Public Lands

According to an analysis by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), voters approved nearly $3.7 billion in new funding for parks, climate resiliency and public lands on election day. As the COVID-19 crisis drove unprecedented increases in visitation to public lands from neighborhood parks to national parks, the 2020 election gave voters in 48 jurisdictions across the country the opportunity to weigh in directly on how outdoor spaces improve their quality of life.

Study Highlights Parks & Rec's Role in Youth Sports

A new report from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) shows that parks and recreation professionals and the agencies they work for are essential providers of youth sports in communities across the country. The five most popular youth sports affiliated with parks and recreation are basketball, baseball/softball, soccer, football (including flag and peewee) and volleyball. Other popular youth sports include tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, gymnastics and cheerleading.

Grants Available for Swim Lesson Providers

Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $6.3 million to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country via more than 1,500 verified swim lesson providers in all 50 states. Applications for the 2021 USA Swimming Foundation Learn-to-Swim grants are now open. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2020.

Sports Medicine Experts to Address COVID-19 and Athlete Care

From little league players to Olympic athletes, competitors at all levels have felt the impact of COVID-19. As sports and athletes rebound, team physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists now face unique challenges caring for athletes. To help, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) have collaborated to bring together top sports medicine experts to address some of the key issues surrounding the care of competitive and recreational athletes.

Study Shows Americans Miss the Gym

A first-of-its-kind national survey recently released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) asked Americans with gym memberships about their physical and mental state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The full results from the study, conducted in collaboration with Kelton Global, a Material Company, have been published in "The COVID Era Fitness Consumer," which delves into how Americans feel about the pandemic overall, how the virus has shaped their personal wellness outlooks, their overall comfort levels returning to the gym and more.