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or many of us youth sports has been an important part of life in Greensboro. Since SportsKidsPlay® began seven years ago, it has focused on young athletes who don’t get the amount of attention that high school, college, and professional athletes do. But kids don’t play sports to get their name in the paper - they play because it’s fun and a good way to meet new friends. Still, we feel that kids who spend so much time practicing and competing in sports deserve some recognition. That’s why our year-end issue includes a section spotlighting these young athletes. Kids often become interested in sports by attending athletic events, and Greensboro is a great place to be a young sports fan. It has something that very few communities of our size can offer - a large arena hosting big-time athletic events. The Greensboro Coliseum has provided world class events for folks of all ages since 1959. Typically, our Local Sports Legend section recognizes outstanding individual achievement but in this issue our local legend is the venerable Greensboro Coliseum. Our story on the Coliseum and the photos of memorable personalities and events from its past may evoke some fond memories. And its future looks bright. Today, the Greensboro Coliseum is bigger and better than ever and well-positioned to provide our city with top flight entertainment for years to come. If you’re looking for outstanding sports action in Greensboro, you don’t have to look too far. UNCG, for example, offers great basketball packages for kids (see the following page for details). Future gymnasts, swimmers, and ice skaters will be able to see many of the top athetes in those sports when they compete here in the coming months. This issue includes information on those events, which are being hosted by the Greensboro Coliseum and the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Our kids have a tremendous opportunity to participate in sports, too. The new HayesTaylor YMCA (see page 5) will be a welcome addition to the area’s long list of outstanding recreational facilities. Recreational programs, travel leagues, church leagues, and school programs all offer options for young athletes. Glancing through this issue you can find camps, clinics, and youth sports programs of all kinds where kids can be active, learn new skills and have fun at the same time!

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t was a beautiful morning in late October as hundreds of supporters attended the ground breaking ceremony for the NEW Hayes-Taylor YMCA. The new facility will be built at Barber Park on land provided by the City of Greensboro and will replace the current Hayes-Taylor YMCA located on East Market Street. Proceeds from the sale of the current Hayes-Taylor facility, along with major gifts from foundations, local businesses, and individual supporters have already generated $10 million of the Capital Campaign’s $11.1 million goal. But additional support is still needed. The new YMCA will more than double the number of people served by the current facility. In its new location, the Hayes-Taylor YMCA will continue to be an important hub of social and recreational activities in the Greensboro community as it has been for the past 75 years.

Located at the Barber Park complex, right across East Lee Street from the Gateway University Park, the new location offers several benefits. In addition to its proximity to the Gateway University Research Park, a joint venture between NC A&T and UNCG which is expected to employee 2,000 people, the new YMCA will provide additional activities to complement those already offered by Greensboro’s Barber Park. The park currently features indoor tennis, volleyball and basketball, a baseball stadium, a disc golf course, an outdoor amphitheater, a spray park, trails and picnic shelters. If everything goes according to plan, construction will be completed in January, 2015 and the community can begin enjoying all the wonderful amenities that the new facility will have to offer. You can help make it happen by supporting the final phase of fundraising...see the information below. Several key individuals involved in the New HayesTaylor YMCA project put on their hard hats and picked up their shovels at the Ground Breaking Ceremony. pictured from left to right: Rhonda Joyce: Board Chair, YMCA of Greensboro Candace Cummings: Co-Chair, Capital Campaign Jim Upchurch: Co-Chair, Capital Campaign Ralph Shelton: Chair, Hayes-Taylor Advisory Committee Robbie Perkins: Mayor, Greensboro Greg Jones: President and CEO, YMCA of Greensboro Conrad Pidgen: Pastor Larry Burnett: Executive Director, Hayes-Taylor YMCA

The NEW Hayes-Taylor YMCA offers exciting possibilities for Greensboro but public support is still needed. The Final Phase of the Hayes-Taylor Fundraising Campaign still needs close to $1 million dollars in donations. To make a donation or for more information, please call 336.854.8410 or visit www.newYgso.org.

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2013 Greensboro Sportsplex FALLfest! The Greensboro Sportsplex FALLfest was another HUGE success! Folks of all ages gathered at the huge 106,000 square foot multisports facility for a day of fellowship, entertainment, sports activities, and fun! Eight basketball courts, eleven volleyball courts, and four indoor soccer fields were transformed into a “Fun Zone” with inflatables, free clinics, roller derby and much more! The FALLfest is one of the many events and programs hosted by the Greensboro Sportsplex throughout the year.

Sportsplex winter programs offer something for everyone... The Greensboro Sportsplex is a revolving door of opportunities for those who enjoy sports and physical activity. Many fall programs are currently underway and sign-ups for winter programs have begun. Stop by the Greensboro Sportsplex or call to explore these and all the other great programs we have to offer.

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Age: 3 School: Mount Pisgah Weekday School Favorite Sport: Cycling

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Age: 7 School: Jefferson Elementary Favorite Sport: Football

Age: 5 School: Brightwood Elementary School Favorite Sport: Football

Favorite Pro Team: Team Garmin - Pro Cycling Favorite College Team: Appalachian State Favorite Coach: My Daddy Favorite Subject: Fire Safety Favorite Book: Pete the Cat Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Kelly Favorite Movie: Cars Favorite Music: Mr. Nigel and Friends Favorite Pet: Maddie - Grandparent’s Dog Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese & Salad Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Achievement: Riding my Bike Fast!!! Other Interests: Construction Work, Fire Engines, Rock Climbing, Watching Videos.

Favorite Pro Team: Baltimore Ravens Favorite Coach: Rodney Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Book: WWE Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Mills Favorite Movie: Angels in the Outfield Favorite Music: Worship Favorite Pet: Bun Bun, my dog Favorite Food: Chicken Favorite Color: Red Favorite Achievement: Learning my lessons in school. Other Interests: Basketball, Baseball, Playing Games, Watching TV

Favorite Pro Team: Carolina Panthers Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Coach: Chanel Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Book: Pinkalicious Favorite Teacher: Miss Wright Favorite Movie: Brave Favorite Music: Disney Favorite Food: Olive Garden Soup and Bread Favorite Color: Panther Blue Favorite Achievement: Winning my first basketball trophy Other Interests: Reading Books, Dolphins, Family Fun, Going to Disney World on my birthday

Favorite Pro Team: Carolina Panthers Favorite College Team: Michigan State and Alabama Favorite Coach: Coach T. Cole Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Book: Creepy Carrots Favorite Teacher: Ms. Berringer Favorite Movie: Monsters Inc. Favorite Music: Hip Hop Favorite Food: Cheese Pizza Favorite Color: Green Favorite Achievement: Doing well in school and making Mama proud! Other Interests: Basketball, Baseball, Soccer. Spending time with my Nana and Aunit Mo! Running outside and helping Daddy with the smoker and grill.

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Favorite Sport: Baseball Favorite Pro Team: New York Yankees Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Coach: My Dad Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Favorite Teacher: Ms. Quinn Favorite Movie: The Avengers Favorite Music: Hip Hop Favorite Food: Zaxby’s Little Nibble Favorite Color: Red Favorite Achievement: Hitting the ball to the outfield!! Other Interests: All Sports, Video Games, Jumping on the Trampoline, Riding Bikes

Favorite Sport: Football Favorite Pro Team: Dallas Cowboys Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Coach: Tracy Cole - my Daddy Favorite Subject: Science Favorite Book: Piggy and Gloria Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Anna Hopper Favorite Movie: Cars 2 Favorite Music: Radio Disney Favorite Food: French Fries Favorite Color: Gold Favorite Achievement: Swimming in 17 Feet Other Interests: Golf, Basketball, Swimming, Trains, Dolphins, Soccer, Dancing

Favorite Sport: Basketball Favorite Pro Team: Miami Heat Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Coach: Roy Williams Favorite Subject: Science Favorite Book: Record Breakers Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Smittey Favorite Movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Favorite Music: Gospel Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Color: Orange Favorite Achievement: Making straight A’s Other Interests: Traveling to other states with my AAU basketball team (Carolina Preps)

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Local Just insports time for Back-To-School Legends

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hen we speak of sports legends, generally we think of individuals who have excelled in one sport or another. Most often these are players, coaches, or administrators who have left their mark somewhere in the sports world. Sometimes legendary sporting events, like the World Series, the Super Bowl, or the Final Four come to mind. Occasionally iconic venues - baseball’s Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium, basketball’s Boston Garden and Madison Square Garden, football’s Lambeau Field or the Rose Bowl in Pasadena achieve legend status. Places like these take on a life of their own at game time and the excitement, tradition, and memories they provide are among the things that make sports great. When considering Greensboro’s sports legends, the historic Greensboro Coliseum certainly falls in this category. Mayor William Sullivan first proposed the facility in 1944 as a war memorial. Twelve years later, voters approved a bond issue for the project. Since its doors opened in 1959, the Coliseum has hosted thousands of events, including some of the most memorable sporting events of its time. In addition, the facility has become a regional center for concerts, conventions, and other major events. In recent years, the Coliseum has expanded its facilities. With the addition of the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the White Oak Amphitheatre, and the ACC Hall of Champions, the Coliseum has further improved its ability to attract major events. Through a long and healthy relationship with the ACC and the NCAA, the Coliseum continues to build on its long and rich basketball heritage while becoming a major player in other sports, as well. Since its first

ACC tournament in 1967, Greensboro has been the site of 21 ACC men’s basketball tournaments and all ACC women’s tournaments since 2000. The Coliseum has hosted 12 NCAA men’s basketball tournaments, including the Final Four in 1974. With a seating capacity of 23,400, the Coliseum Arena is one of largest basketball venues in the Southeast. Hockey, indoor football, boxing, track & field, wrestling, gymnastics, and tennis are just some of the many sports hosted by the Greensboro Coliseum. The Coliseum was once home to the ABA Carolina Cougars, as well as several hockey franchises. The Carolina Hurricanes played their first two seasons here in Greensboro. With the addition of the adjacent Greensboro Aquatic Center, several aquatic sports such as swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo have been added to the list. Through its association with the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greensboro Sports Commission, and the Greensboro Sports Council, the Coliseum staff, led by managing director, Matt Brown, has long been successful in attracting some of the top sporting events in the country to our city. Greensboro looks to build on its “Tournament Town” tradition with several national events scheduled over the next several months. Major upcoming events include USA Swimming’s Junior Nationals in December, The AT&T American Cup Gymnastics Championships in March, and the USA Figure Skating Championships in 2015. UNCG Men’s Basketball team plays an impressive home schedule at the Coliseum, featuring games with North Carolina State, Davidson, and Appalachian State.

But the Coliseum has always been about more that just sports. The Ringling Bros. - Barnum & Bailey Circus is one of many family events hosted by the Greensboro Coliseum each year. Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, and the Harlem Globetrotters are other family entertainment attractions that keep kids smiling and keep parents coming back for more. Concert goers can also appreciate the many great acts that appear at the Greensboro Coliseum each year. Elvis, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, and George Strait are among the many entertainers who have treated audiences to memorable performances. More recently, JAY Z, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber, along with American Idol alums, Carrie Underwood and Daughtry, have added their names to an impressive list of musical greats who have performed here. Political, religious, and business gatherings have brought national and international leaders to the Greensboro Coliseum. Presidents Richard Nixon and Barack Obama have addressed audiences at the Coliseum, as have Mikhail Gorbachev and Archbiship Desmond Tutu. National events and appearances by high-profile entertainers and world figures bring immeasurabe publicity and recognition to our city. What can and has been quantified is the positive economic impact these activities bring. The Greensboro Coliseum is one of the largest employers in the Triad and has remained a shining star for the community, even during troubled economic times. The Greensboro Coliseum continues to be a critical driving force in the growth and development of Greensboro and the Triad area and its history is truly legendary.


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The man behind the curtain: Matt Brown The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has a long record of success in providing the Triad area with world class sporting events and entertainment. Behind that sustained success is a lot of hard work and meticulous planning by the Coliseum staff and its director, Matt Brown. The complexities of orchestrating a huge event - ticket sales, staffing, traffic control, parking, security, vendors...are mind boggling to most of us, but after nearly 20 years at the helm, Matt Brown has done it all. We asked him to update us on his role as director and on current and future events at the Greensboro Coliseum. What do you see as your most important duty as managing director of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex? To bring high quality events to Greensboro so that the Coliseum Complex continues to not only improve the quality of life for residents of our community but also to serve as a leading economic generator for our region. Studies have shown that events at the Coliseum Complex generate well over $100 million annually in economic impact for our area. Plus, when you factor in the national television exposure we receive from events such as ACC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments, high profile regular season basketball games and elite swimming and diving events at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, you simply cannot put a price tag on the value this Complex brings to Greensboro. What has the addition of the Greensboro Aquatic Center meant to the Coliseum Complex and the City? We have an incredibly unique Complex with nine different venues - Coliseum, Special Events Center, Odeon Theatre, War Memorial Auditorium, Pavilion, ACC Hall of Champions, Terrace, White Oak Amphitheatre and the GAC - that hosted over 1,000 events and 1.4 million patrons last year. I don’t know of any other Complex in the country that has this level of event activity, the wide variety of live entertainment venues and a state-of-the-art aquatic facility on the same campus. The GAC not only brings major national swimming and diving events to Greensboro on most weekends, but it also serves our community on a daily basis with a variety of therapy, exercise and instructional classes. Our Learn to Swim program with Guilford County Schools has been a tremendous success as we have taught more than 700 local second graders to swim since the program began in 2011. What does the recent announcement with Wake Forest entail and what does it mean for the Coliseum Complex? We have been contracted by Wake Forest University to book and manage external events at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (LJVM) and other University athletic venues. This includes the Coliseum Complex handling booking, ticketing, and marketing services for all non-Wake Forest athletic events. It’s a five-year agreement that pays us $115,000 annually and will ensure that the Piedmont Triad region will be given every opportunity to host as many live events as possible. It ensures the citizens of Winston-Salem will continue to be able to enjoy the traditional events at LJVM that they have attended in the past, while also allowing our booking department to have additional venue options to offer promoters for upcoming events. This increased flexibility will hopefully result in more live entertainment events in the Triad, creating a winwin situation for residents of our region. The agreement also allows us to book non-athletic events at other Wake Forest facilities such as BB&T Field, Wake Forest Baseball Park and the Wake Forest Tennis Complex, so we are exploring those possibilities as well. What is the status of all the renovations going on at the Coliseum Complex? We are currently in Phase 2 of $24 million in renovations that are funded by hotel/motel tax revenues. This second phase includes expansion of the Coliseum’s upper concourse to include

new restrooms and concession stands as well as new, upholstered, cushioned seating for all upper level seating. The seating has been completed and all of the other work is scheduled to be finished in time for our hosting of the 2014 ACC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments. Looking back, the first phase of these capital improvements was completed in March prior to the 2013 ACC Basketball Tournaments. This included installation of approximately 9,000 new, cushioned, upholstered arena seats, new center hung scoreboard, new state-of-theart with high-definition LED video display screens, four new Coliseum luxury suites, new Ovations Lounge area with private restroom, new Natty Greene’s concourse bar, new players’ entrance at southeast corner of arena, new ESPN/Raycom Sports Center in-arena studio platform, expanded ACC Hall of Champions boardroom and newly remodeled restrooms in the lobby of the Special Events Center. The reaction to the improvements has been universally positive. From promoters to league officials to patrons, everyone has been extremely pleased, which is critical as we compete with much newer arenas for major national events. How has all of this construction affected your booking and hosting of events? All of these capital improvement projects in phase 1 and 2 were completed, or are currently being done, around the Coliseum’s existing event schedule. We can’t afford to say ‘no’ to hosting an event. It’s a testament to our staff that things have gone so smoothly and there has been as little impact as possible to patrons attending events. I like hosting all of our events no matter how small or large they are as long as those patrons attending those events have a great experience. It will be very exciting next spring when all the improvements are complete and we have a packed arena of fans enjoying the ACC Tournaments and all of our new amenities. What major sporting events are coming to the Coliseum Complex in the future? Beginning in November, UNCG Basketball will play 16 home games at the Coliseum including out of conference games versus NC State, High Point and East Carolina. In December, the GAC hosts the USA Swimming’s 2013 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships, which brings world-class swimmers to Greensboro. We then wrap up the year hosting Duke vs. Elon basketball on New Year’s Eve which should bring a huge crowd. Looking ahead to 2014, March will be incredibly busy. Not only are the ACC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments and ACC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships returning, but we are also hosting USA Gymnastics’ 2014 AT&T American Cup for the first time. The AT&T American Cup, which is broadcast live on NBC Sports, is the premier international event held in the United States and it features the top male and female all-around gymnasts from around the world. And, finally, in 2015, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will return. This event was a huge success in 2011, the first time it had ever been held in North Carolina, with attendance of more than 110,000 for nine days of completion. It also brought an estimated $26 million in economic impact as well as 11 hours of national exposure on NBC. So, we have a lot to live up to, but we’re shooting for even bigger and better numbers in 2015.


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ports and coaching depend on motivation. One might not think of psychology as relevant to youth sports, but a University of Kansas doctoral student and professor have authored a study detailing how sports psychology professionals can help youth sports administrators evaluate their programs and improve the motivational environment so kids have more fun and better physical, psychological and emotional outcomes. Susumu Iwasaki, doctoral student, and Mary Fry, associate professor of health, sport and exercise science, conducted a study in which they worked with administrators of two youth sports camps to survey young participants about how they perceived the environment — whether it was caring and task-involving, or ego-involving — and how such results can be used by coaches and administrators everywhere to improve youth sports. The study will be published in the journal, The Sport Psychologist. “When kids perceive a caring, task-involving climate in a sport setting they have more fun, less stress, they display better sportspersonship, better empathy for their peers and intend to stay with it longer,” Fry said. “Unfortunately, this kind of evaluation of youth sports is definitely not the norm. There’s so much positive information that can be gained from it.”

Iwasaki and Fry worked with the administrators of a volleyball camp for girls age 9 to 13 and a basketball camp for boys and girls age 7 to 18. Both camps were designed to help participants enhance their athletic skills but also have goals related to mental skills training, goal setting, team building and developing their potential as human beings. Participants completed surveys that gauged how they perceived the caring/motivational climate, as well as their levels of intrinsic motivation, their future desire to participate in such a camp and the extent that the athletes and coaches engage in caring behaviors with one another. The researchers compiled the data and shared it with the coaches, who were not present during the surveying. The coaches and administrators indicated their willingness to use the data to improve their camps for the future. That factor is important, as Iwasaki and Fry pointed out that about 35 million young people participate in sports annually in the United States and the typical dropout rate in youth sports programs each year is approximately 30 percent. That lack of physical activity can translate to all manner of negative outcomes, both physically and mentally. “It’s not unusual to see kids who leave sports programs in tears,” Fry said. “Coaches are often taught that being hard on their athletes will bring out the best. We know from a great body of research that’s just not the case.” Iwasaki and Fry said they hope the findings and the experience of sports psychology professionals working with administrators lead to more collaboration. Sports psychology

professionals can apply their training, which administrators often don’t have, while those who run sports programs can help continue to build the body of research on positive climates in youth sports. Both researchers have sports psychology training and coaching backgrounds. Iwasaki played and coached basketball at Ibaraki University in Mito, Japan, and Fry is a former high school tennis coach. Fry has published research in the past showing that kids who perceive they are taking part in a positive, caring sport environment are better emotionally adjusted and show less depression. Iwasaki is working on a dissertation that examines the link between a caring athletic climate and mindfulness, including how well athletes can focus on the present and not worry about the past or potential negative consequences for their performance. “We know that if you’re a coach, a negative approach can be destructive to the learning environment,” Iwasaki said. “This study helps show how doable it is for youth sports programs to evaluate their climates and improve.” “Any program can be doing this,” Fry added. “We’d love to see all youth sport programs seeking feedback from their participants; youth sports would be so much better.”

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