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MAY 2022 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

National Pickleball Month Promotes Increasingly Popular Pastime

USA Pickleball named the month of April as National Pickleball Month, with pickleball ambassadors promoting the sport by scheduling events and social play, as well as promoting tournaments and offering discounts for first-time players. The celebration also aimed to generate interest in the many health, fitness and social benefits of the sport.

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Fitness Industry Technology Council Names Most Innovating Fitness Pro

Fitness industry veteran and CEO of SCW Fitness Education, Sara J. Kooperman, J.D., has been named the 2021 Most Innovating Fitness Pro by the Fitness Industry Technology Council.

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Trust for Public Land Releases Statement on Newsom's 30x30 Plan

Trust for Public Land hailed Calif. Gov. Newsom's final Natural Working Land Strategy and conservation plan to conserve 30% of the state's lands by 2030 as an ambitious step toward protecting the state's biodiversity, climate resiliency and making the outdoors accessible to all.

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YMCA Board Elects Four New Members

YMCA of the USA announced the addition of four new members to the National Board of Directors.

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USA Swimming Expands Team Services Department

USA Swimming announced that it has restructured and expanded its Team Services unit to enhance members services and provide more direct contact and support to members and clubs.

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Move United Leadership Conference Coming to Colorado Springs

Move United, the national leader in community-based sports and recreation for individuals with disabilities, is hosting its annual Education Conference May 9 to 11 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Top Planned Programs Include Mind-Body Balance and Adult Sports Teams

INDUSTRY STATS

Top Planned Programs Include Mind-Body Balance and Adult Sports Teams

When it comes to sports-relates programming, youth sports teams are the most common offering found among respondents to the Industry Report Survey. In 2020, some 55.2% of respondents said they provided youth sports teams, while 56% did so in 2021. Mind-body/balance programs such as yoga and tai chi followed, with more than half (51.2%) of respondents offering such programming in 2020 and just under half (49.7%) offering it in 2021. Some 46% of respondents in 2020 and in 2021 said they provided adult sports teams. Another 44.8% in 2020 and 43.2% in 2021 provided sports tournaments and races. And finally, 37.7% in 2020 and 2021 said they included individual sports activities like running clubs and swim clubs.

Looking forward, mind-body/balance programs are among the most commonly planned additions. Some 23.4% of those who said they would add programs at their facilities were planning to add mind-body/balance. More than one-fifth (20.6%) were planning to add adult sports teams, and 17.4% were planning to add youth sports teams.

To see the State of the Industry Report, go to: https://recmanagement.com/issue-content/202106.

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Endangered Species: Attracting—and Retaining—Sports Officials

Between angry coaches and parents and other industry pressures, sports officials have had a rough go of it over the past several years. Attracting young, new professionals—and keeping their interest—is crucial to carry sport forward.

For more information, read Endangered Species: Attracting—and Retaining—Sports Officials.

Betting Big on Tennis

The U.S. Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section is building a state-of-the-art 36-court tennis campus in Loudoun County, Va., creating a hub for year-round community health and wellness.

For more information, read Betting Big on Tennis.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Climbing, Challenge Courses, Ninja Courses & More

Climbing gyms fared better in the pandemic than many other facilities, and adventure-related additions to parks and rec facilities have been taking off. Whether you're adding climbing walls, challenge and ropes courses, ninja courses or zip lines, here's a look at some basics.

For more information, read Choose Your Own Adventure: Climbing, Challenge Courses, Ninja Courses & More.

A Galaxy Under Foot: Nathan's Miles in Vinton, Iowa

Looking to attract more people to this bedroom community, trail champions took their project beyond expectations, adding a glow-in-the-dark elements.

For more information, read A Galaxy Under Foot: Nathan's Miles in Vinton, Iowa.

Parks With Purpose: Innovative Parks Hit Multiple Green Infrastructure Goals

Parks provide myriad benefits—social, economic, environmental, educational and more—to the communities in which they sit. Some of the most innovative park designs seek to hit all these targets at once.

For more information, read Parks With Purpose: Innovative Parks Hit Multiple Green Infrastructure Goals.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2022 CWA Summit, May 18 to 20 (www.cwasummit.org)
NSGA 2022 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, May 22 to 24 (www.nsga.org)
ACSM's 2022 Annual Meeting & World Congress, May 31 to June 4 (www.acsmannualmeeting.org)
IHRSA 2022, June 22 to 24 (www.ihrsa.org)
2022 IDEA World Convention, July 20 to 24 (www.ideafit.com)

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