To understand what REAL left social progressive policy on sports/fitness/college is----we must return to policy before CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA. Left social progressives support broad all inclusive physical activity tied to community=====it was the global Wall Street pols and players making it a pathway to THE OLYMPICS-----ergo SUPER-GLADIATORS.
We see this movement away during #1 ROBBER BARON EMPIRE-BUILDING SOCIOPATH-----H W Bush. Does Arnold Schwarzenegger REALLY model 99% of Americans---we know not. This is when all that Federal funding for physical fitness and sports went from our communities to college programs aimed at building the best PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. This is FAR-RIGHT WING WITH BOOT CAMP mentality-----we need to eliminate these pathways not worrying from where funding comes----COMMUNITY SPORTS are easy to organize.
What else happened during Clinton/Bush? The invention of special clothing for each sport becoming more and more expensive. Global Wall Street takes our community fitness and sports.
What was the left social progressive policy? City intramurals/college intramurals. As this article states the goals were simply creating activities EVERYONE could participate regardless of skill level---it created for our college students a physical and fun outlet from academic studies. This is when our US cities filled with public sports facilities funded by the PRESIDENTS PHYSICAL FITNESS FUNDS.
CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA defunded these public sports facility structures and sent all funding to building corporate sports training for professional sports corporations. This is when WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% went from habits of engagement in sports to being COUCH ESPN SPECTATORS. We understand the passions of citizens loving professional sports----but if you are watching them for hours and not moving yourself----you have lost the left social progressive goals of fitness as intramural community building activities.
What Are Intramural Sports?
The Intramural sports program at the University of Central Arkansas is one component of the Department of Campus Recreation within the Division of Student Services. The program is very structured and offers individual, dual, and team sports for male and female participation. Participation is not required, and an individual does not have to be highly skilled to participate. Intramural activities range from traditional sports such as flag football, basketball, and slow-pitch softball to non-traditional sports such as ultimate frisbee, wiffle ball, and dodgeball. Some activities are scheduled over an extended period (4 to 5 weeks) while others take place during one or two afternoon/evenings. Most teams play once a week, and contests are scheduled during the late afternoon and evening hours.
We hope you will get involved in the intramural sports program. It’s a great opportunity to compete with your friends and meet other students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions, please contact the Intramural Sports Office at 450-5162. Located in room 127K in the HPER Center.
The purpose of the Intramural Sports program is to provide an opportunity for every student at the University of Central Arkansas to participate in some type of competitive sports activity as regularly as his/her interest, ability, and time will permit. The rules and regulations which have been formulated for the activities in this program take into consideration the necessary preparation for each activity as well as the degree of skill of each participant.
1. To provide wholesome and healthy activities for recreation and relaxation from strenuous school work and the rapid pace of modern society for both students, faculty, and staff members.
2. To provide equipment, facilities and encourage wholesome participation in a large number of sports activities by students, faculty, and staff members.
3 . To stimulate an interest in athletics and recreation through a high quality program.
4. To provide an opportunity to develop sportsmanship of the highest order. Everything that sportsmanship implies should be developed on playing fields and playing courts of the University of Central Arkansas.
5. To provide an opportunity to learn the important values developed through team spirit and cooperation.
6. To provide the opportunity to belong to a group.
7. To provide an opportunity to make social contacts and friendships which could not readily be developed in the classroom.
8. To provide the opportunity for every student regardless of his/her ability to realize the joy and fun of participation in their favorite sport.
Doesn't it seem strange citizens will pay costly prices for designer athletic wear ----pay for a membership to a corporate gym now the only place with that court needed to play sports----rather then put all that money into building local sports facilities. Until we can redirect our taxpayer funds back to our communities----we should use economic disruption against these corporate sports structures.
UNDERARMOUR is just that global corporation that cashed in on a local physical fitness intramural sports policy. Now UNDERARMOUR supports the pathways to professional sports----supplies all the professionalized college sports teams----and throws a BONE to community fitness and intramurals. This is why it is not comprehensible how our 'labor and justice' leaders would embrace global corporations including professional sports teams---here in Baltimore you are UNPATRIOTIC to the city if you are not a RAVEN/ORIOLES FAN. Absolutely no community intramural sports systems but we love our GLADIATOR SPORT STARS.
Before CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA Federal spending on physical fitness built our PUBLIC COMMUNITY CENTERS----they were central to instilling public health and providing those sports facilities-----what do we have today? GLOBAL YMCA----A FREEMASON CORPORATION taking all public recreation centers tying us to GYM WORKOUTS. Do we feel community at these gyms? NO---people are silent and individually focused on personal gains.
What changed during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA was the goal to create culture surrounding BUYING NEW SPORTS-RELATED PRODUCTS----ergo, introducing new sports that only a small percentage of citizens would participate because of skill capacity.
Timeline: The History of Club and Intramural Sports
By: Jordan Hathorne
- 1857 – One of the first ever recorded intramural sports activities began at Princeton University. 
- 1900 – Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) was founded; today, this is where University of Oregon Club Sports receives partial funding through the Student Incidental Fee.
- 1949 – The Erb Memorial Union was constructed; this is where the current University of Oregon Club Sports Clubhouse is located.
- 1950 – The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association was founded with the mission to support and organize intramural and recreational sports at colleges and universities in the United States. 
- 1999 – The first phase of the Student Recreation Center was completed; this is now the main area for Club Sports events and practices.
- 2008 – There was estimated 2 million college students nationwide participating in club sports. At University of Oregon there are over 1,000 students participating in Club Sports.
- 2011 – ASUO gives $10,000 to University of Oregon Crew Club to attend a national tournament.
- 2012 – Club Sports Supplemental/Contingency fund increased from $20,000 to $40,000 by ASUO 
- 2013 – ASUO Senate gives $25,000 to the University of Oregon Club Sports department for club funding. 
- 2014 – UO Snow, the snowboard and ski freestyle club, nearly doubles in size to 50 members, showing the increasing popularity of some Club Sports.
Why do citizens especially in our US cities fight against the closing of public recreation centers in each community not wanting these REGIONAL CITY YMCA's? Well, first these global corporations are often staffed with people not from these communities----second these programs are all modeled on professionalism in sports rather than simply people wanting to come together for a friendly game.
Below we see just that-----an outline of sporting policy made to CREATE SOCIAL CHANGE. When I go to the YMCA there are no CITIZENS ENGAGED IN PUBLIC POLICY----there are no mothers and fathers outside of a few volunteer parent leaders ----corporatized environments TELL PEOPLE HOW TO BEHAVE----community public recreation allows parents and children to create their own fitness environment.
WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% WENT FROM COMMUNITY BONDING AROUND PUBLIC HEALTH TO BEING TOLD WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN.
So, now a global corporation is getting all our Federal, state, and local public funding for fitness and in just a few decades has built a global corporate empire from funds while our public recreation DECAYED. We paid taxes and received public sports facilities and fitness tied to local schools and now a global corporation owns all real estate and sports facilities and controls all curricula, AND CHARGES MEMBERSHIP FEES ----and a super-majority of citizens don't like this structure.
Our youth sports philosophy is to allow kids to participate in a program with an emphasis on fun, development of character, and fair play. We believe our youth sports programs helps families and individuals grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and most of all, have fun!
Our popular youth sports are soccer, flag football, baseball, softball, basketball, martial arts and sports camps. YMCA coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game. We make sure everyone participates and we emphasize the development of character.
The YMCA offers both recreational and competitive leagues.
At the YMCA, everyone is a winner!
Registration is now open for the following sports:Softball Skills
Fall 2017 League Soccer
Fall 2017 Small Fry Soccer
Fall 2017 NFL Flag Football
Summer League Basketball
Summer Sports Camps
Summer Adult Soccer
Soccer Skills and Keeper Clinics
Reasons to play sports with the YMCA:1: Kids can build and play on a team with their friends.
2: Existing teams can come to the YMCA and play together.
3: Kids can request to play on the same team with friends or a specific coach if space is available.
4: No birthdate restrictions! Kids can play with others in their grade.
5: No tryouts
6: Every player is guaranteed 50% playing time.
7: Boys, girls and co-ed teams are available.
8: It’s Fun!
What was a group of parents leisurely reading rule books for each sport trying to keep kids on track as they ran here and there HAVING FUN----became a BOOT CAMP for professionalized sports with built-in morality of course everyone has their own ideas of morality and ethics----so we are now told by a global corporation bound tightly to global 1% empire-building filling with brutality, immorality, criminality----yet these organizations stand in line for the money stolen from the people they say they serve-------teaching WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% MORALITY.
The YMCA is an OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% FREEMASON group-----it is not religious. When government funding going directly to our communities allowing parents and children to build structures they wanted ---freedom of speech allowing all kinds of political stances----community structures fighting against government cronyism and corruption to make role models of business and government leadership----
THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN IN GLOBAL CORPORATE YMCA.
Again we see a ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE ONE SPORTS AND FITNESS MENTALITY being driven by WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION and installed by global YMCA.
Become a Coach
Interested in becoming a Coach?As a YMCA coach, you help build a stronger community by bringing children together and helping them develop the drive to win as well as the compassion needed to play on a team. For that, you’re an invaluable asset to us, and a key member of the community. If you’re interested in applying, please download the Coach volunteer application to sign up.
Coach Application Coaches Training
Coaches can help foster strong communities and teach children valuable lessons, but only if they have the proper tools at their disposal. We offer all of our coaches manuals with practice plans for drills, scheduling, and more. We also recommend you take a look at our training website, where you’ll training programs for every sport we offer. You can find the website at training.ymca.net.
Youth Sports Pledge
This is the Youth Sports Pledge, and it helps guide our commitment to team building and personal responsibility here at the YMCA of Greater Omaha. Sports are a valuable and vital part in building up a child’s ability to discipline themselves and learn to play with a team. But without coaches to guide them along, lead teams and manage a season of team sports, they won’t get as much more out of the experience than exercise.
Youth Sports Pledge
Win or lose, I pledge before God
to accept and demonstrate the
following positive values:
CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY.
I will do the best I can
to be a team player, to respect my:
teammates, opponents, coaches and officials,
and to improve myself in
Spirit, Mind and Body.
Is our college athletic team successful? NO says global Wall Street the media will not cover it and there are no fans.
BUT THE STUDENTS ARE HAVING FUN AND GETTING EXERCISE-----IT IS SUCCESSFUL.
As CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA directed Federal funds to COMMUNITY sports and fitness to building GLADIATOR ATHLETES for professional sports----there came the need to CUT SPORTS TEAMS NOT EARNING REVENUE for that global corporate university campus. Why were those sports costing too much to maintain? They were professionalized and not intramural ------professional corporate sports leagues always funded community events geared towards identifying athletic talent and then THEY created that PROFESSIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING VENUE for those REALLY talented athletes. THIS MODEL WORKED WELL FOR CENTURIES----then the costs of all training, recruitment, pay-to-play was subsidized by PRESIDENTS FITNESS AND COMMUNITY RECREATION PROGRAMS.
Power 5 proposals change financial face of college sports
The Power 5 conferences -- whose No. 1 rule is keeping football viable -- are changing the face of college sports. To survive, plan on some schools cutting other sports to keep football afloat.
Texas won't have its hat out, even if it will be paying $10,000 per athlete a year. (USATSI)There was a time during the financial crisis that Bob Bowlsby had to consider the unthinkable.
Cutting sports at Stanford.
The academic and athletic flagship is a shining example of the collegiate model. It sponsors 36 sports, a daily reminder of that amateur ideal: Athletics are a valuable -- but not the only -- part of enhancing the educational experience.
After college athletics changed officially -- and radically -- over the weekend the Big 12 commissioner took stock of his time as the Cardinal AD (2006-12).
"We talked about it [cutting sports] at Stanford in '07 and '08 when the economy went in the dumper," Bowlsby said. "We paid $22 [million]-$23 million [per year] for scholarships. The endowment yield went way down. We had to find $7 million to keep from cutting sports."
The cuts never happened. But after a historic NCAA convention last week, the message is loud and clear: If it can happen at Stanford, it can happen anywhere. At stake is that collegiate model, that amateur ideal.
In ceding power to the Power 5 conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12), the NCAA as a whole knows the collegiate model never will be the same. Those five conferences essentially will govern themselves.
The fallout isn't fully known. While Stanford and the rest of the Power 5 will likely survive intact, the remaining 296 Division schools -- in some form -- have questions.
Will the average fan care if players are 'paid'? A resounding no, at this point. Eleven tapirs could line up against each other in Nebraska and Oklahoma jerseys and the place would be packed.
The fact players are getting a few bucks for living expenses doesn't move Joe Tailgate's needle. In the future players may be able to bargain collectively for their names, image and likeness. Even then, as long as the game retains its innocence -- producing the undersized Doug Flutie, the humble Marcus Mariota, those last-minute finishes -- fans will remain loyal.
Average regular-season and bowl attendance is down but that is because of other factors. A stipend won't turn off fans. The money is meant to fill in gaps in the true cost of attendance.
Which leads to the next question ...
Can schools afford cost of attendance? The overwhelming majority will. It's the right thing to do. Players will now get $2,000-$5,000 per year just for being an athlete.
That stipend came after years of squabbling, voting and massaging of legislation. It is just and right. The plight of the unpaid labor force (players) became a much bigger issue than the free education they were receiving.
NCAA stakeholders had to do something. The pot of unregulated money became so big external forces got involved. The courts closed in. The players themselves were/are speaking out. The 80-member voting body of the Power 5 includes 15 athletes.
Reform is here, whether it comes from a slick attorney, a court decision, multiple lawsuits or outspoken athletes. The NCAA just hopes it is out front of all of them with its own version of reform. If not, the NCAA ceases to become the NCAA.
That begs the next question ...
Does the world really care if Georgia State drops track? It depends. By and large, ADs will have to raise more money to account for the COA or cut sports. It's virtually a certainty some schools will drop sports. Even some of the big boys will cut back on travel and schedule more locally in minor sports.
It's already been well documented that only about 20 athletic departments make money. FBS is a 128-school closed society ranging from Stanford to the likes of Texas-El Paso, which sponsors the NCAA minimum 18 sports.
For some, it's an unbroken circle of economic chasing-your-tail. Football -- and to a certain extent men's basketball -- produces the money to fund an entire athletic department.
"Everyone needs to understand there's not an unlimited source of revenue for anybody," MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said. "The Power 5, even though they have a lot of money, they've already spent it."
Check the construction on some of these campuses. They say, "If you're not building, you're not moving forward." The growth in media rights has both filled the pot and caused the current reform backlash. A few years ago, major conferences were taking in approximately $6 million-$12 million per year in those rights. Now, for super powers such as the SEC and Big Ten that number is headed toward $40 million.
If the O'Bannon decision is upheld, schools could be on the hook for an additional $5,000 per athlete annually that would be put in a trust fund, collectable upon completion of eligibility.
The likes of Texas and Ohio State can afford it. The rest? Autonomy passed 79-1 over the weekend. The only "No" came from Boston College, which expressed concern that the legislation would create an elite student segregated from the general student population because he/she is getting paid.
BC added in a release, "the consequence of such legislation could ultimately hurt student-athletes if/when programs are cut."
The US Olympic Committee is on record with its concern about major colleges' shifting financial landscape. Minor collegiate sports -- swimming, wrestling, gymnastics -- help provide the backbone of some Olympic teams.
"Maybe they'll [public] care when we aren't able to compete as well at the Olympics," said Bowlsby, a USOC board member, "or their son or daughter don't have the opportunity to compete in college."
Because of Title IX concerns, Bowlsby said it may easiest to begin cutting men's sports first.
"You don't have to have too vivid of an imagination to foresee two men's sports and 8-10 women's sports," in an athletic department.
"I've never had to cut sports," added Bowlsby, also a former Iowa AD. "I've been close a few times. It's a very, very difficult way to save money. It's highly politically charged. There is parental and alumni involvement. In the end it's a very difficult way to save money. The residue from it is very long."
What does all of it mean for football? Probably nothing in the short term. Larger court battles loom that would strike down all NCAA restrictions creating an open market on player compensation.
For now, look for the sport to become bigger, broader and more extravagant. Did you even watch the first College Football Playoff?
In the worst of times, schools will do anything to protect football programs. Even at the lowest levels of FBS, football is the front porch of the university -- a sign that even recent FBS member Appalachian State is big time.
After the Alabama-Birmingham fiasco there is a feeling some administrators will ultimately use it as an excuse to cut football. However, at least one conference administrator disagrees.
"People that presumed this will start a real groundswell [to cut football], it will be the opposite," Steinbrecher said. "Very clearly [football] adds value to the institution."
Does autonomy accelerate separation of haves and have nots? As stated frequently in this space, we're already there. Financially, perceptively and realistically Ohio State and the University of Ohio have little in common.
However, both schools play under the Division I banner. Everyone seems to be OK with that as long as Ohio and it's Group of Five mates (Sun Belt, MAC, Mountain West, American, Conference USA) have access to annual NCAA payouts.
There is the lingering concern autonomy will organically lead to the Power 5 eventually splitting away and forming their own division. For now, there is still a tremendous benefit to playing the Group of Five in football and participating in the lucrative NCAA basketball tournament.
In the current climate, the fast break of questions won't stop.
We have shouted against global corporate campuses and US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES for decades -----who it tied directly to every global corporate campus development-----GLOBAL YMCA-----when we shout against global Wall Street Baltimore Development 'LABOR AND JUSTICE' organization 5% to the 1%-----this is one of those organizations and yes they are geared to assure NO US 99% OF CITIZENS KNOW HOW BAD THESE ONE WORLD POLICIES ARE----and you will not hear citizens talking any public policy that is not global Wall Street including regarding health, fitness, and sports.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM FOR OUR ONCE STRONG LOCAL COMMUNITY FITNESS AND INTRAMURAL SPORTS -----GET RID OF GLOBAL CORPORATE NGOS AND PRIVATE CORPORATIONS TIED TO OUR COMMUNITY FITNESS PROGRAMS.
GATEWAY COMMUNITIES we spoke of regarding public health taken corporate , predatory, and profit-driven ----we spoke of health public policy dangers with GATEWAY HEALTH----well, here they are tied to our intramural community fitness and sports owning and controlling ALL COMMUNITY leisure and sports . We see REAL CITIZENS groups fighting the closing of all our public community recreation centers----NOT THIS GLOBAL YMCA or our corporate 'public universities'.
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GATEWAY YMCAs in all Foreign Economic Zones globally ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE sports and fitness. No need for citizens' voice in what was our COMMUNITY SPORTS AND RECREATION.
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CITY OF BALTIMORE COUNCIL BILL16-0694
Introduced by: The Council President
At the request of: The Administration (Planning Department)
Introduced and read first time: June 13, 2016
Assigned to: Urban Affairs and Aging Committee
REFERRED TO THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES:
City Solicitor, Planning Commission, Baltimore
Development Corporation, Department of Public Works, Department of Housing and
Community Development, Department of Transportation, Board of Estimates A BILL ENTITLED 1 AN ORDINANCE concerning
South Baltimore Gateway Community Impact District – Establishment
the purpose of creating a Community Impact District, to be known as the South Baltimore
Gateway Community Impact District; specifying the boundaries of the District; creating an
Authority and providing for its rights, duties, powers, and funding; providing for the selection
and composition of the Authority’s Board of Directors; providing for an Administrator for the
Authority; mandating the financial responsibilities of the Authority and the City in
conjunction with the operation of the District; specifying the City’s role in maintaining and
enhancing existing services; designating the Board of Estimates as the agency charged with
reviewing and approving various matters relating to the District and the Authority; providing
for the renewal, expiration, and termination of the District and the Authority; including the
Authority, its Board of Directors, and its staff within the purview of the City Public Ethics
Law; providing for a special effective date; and generally relating to the existence, operation,
and control of the South Baltimore Gateway Community Impact District and Authority.
North Avenue Gateway Community Association, Inc. is a Maryland Domestic Corporation filed on August 1, 2013 . The company's filing status is listed as Forfeited and its File Number is D15378672.
The Registered Agent on file for this company is Herman Pittman and is located at 3135 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216. The company's principal address is 3135 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216.
The Baltimore City Council is filled with global Wall Street 1% pols----not one are WE THE PEOPLE THE 99%. We have players PRETENDING they don't want to close public recreation centers----they PRETEND they are building public wellness and fitness policy-----BUT THEY ALL SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES and global Wall Street Baltimore Development economic policies leading to a city full of global corporate campuses and global factories killing our environment and public health. It is Baltimore City Council tied to GATEWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT which is tied to GLOBAL NGO YMCA and global corporatized K-COLLEGE.
Black, white, and brown 99% of citizens HATE THESE attacks on our local public recreation facilities and ability to create our own environment for leisure and intramural fitness and sports.....WELL, THE GLOBAL 1% KNOW BETTER----no, we are sure they only talent they have is LYING, CHEATING, STEALING, NO MORALS OR ETHICS, NO US RULE OF LAW, NO GOD'S NATURAL LAW-----so only 5% to the 1% would support these sporting structures.
This is the breakdown in REAL left social progressive activism -----none of these protestors shout against US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES AND GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS ECONOMICS----often they will say ----we are only protesting this one issue----well, you cannot protect rights and power of citizens to control their taxpayer money if you are thinking global corporate campus development is good.
If citizens are cheering to GLADIATOR COLLEGE SPORTS----then they are advancing the loss of all public venues for 99% of citizens to have leisure sporting activities----working 15-18 hours a day---that's all the physical activity WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% will need say global Wall Street 1% pols and 5% players.
MARY PAT CLARKE IS THE BIGGEST GLOBAL WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT/JOHNS HOPKINS TOOL-----she always PRETENDS to fight for the poor.........
'City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who was among the protesters, has told the community that no serious bidders appear to be expressing interest in running the Hampden facility'.
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by Mark Reutter and Fern Shen6:15 pmOct 6, 20116
Hampden protests plan to privatize city rec centersCity official defends recreation plan as “out-of-the-box” solution to financial and staffing woes
Above: Opponents of a plan to privatize the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center in Hampden waved to motorists last month.
About 125 people, including children, teenagers, grandmothers and members of a martial arts club, gathered on a Hampden street-corner last night to protest the city’s still-sketchy plan to privatize municipal recreation centers in Baltimore.
If the plan means closing the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center, a neighborhood institution at the intersection of Falls Rd. and 36th St., “it would be devastating,” said Genny Dill, interim president of the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center Council, who was part of the demonstration.
“Looking for a place to play? Can’t go to the rec center – Baltimore city closed it!” said one of the protesters’ signs.
Read another sign: “Water Fountains at Harborplace are pretty but … Take that money and keep our rec centers open!”
Citywide, 306,504 young people participated in after-school and out-of-school rec center programs last year. To a lesser degree, the facilities are used for adult and senior services. Except for this website, the city’s plan to privatize rec centers has received little scrutiny.
Roosevelt Park is still open, but supporters worry that could change. It was included on a list of rec centers the city sees as feasible to privatize. If no group comes forward to operate it, the center could close.
Extremely Important Part of Community
“This makes me really mad,” said Dill, who is also secretary of the Hampden Community Council. “That center is an extremely important part of this community.”
In an interview, Dill recited a long list of activities that take place there: there’s a playground, after-school recreation programs, homework help, Little League, senior programs. “I have a daughter who is starting in college this year but she used the center,” Dill said. “She made friends there, stayed out of trouble. It helped make her a success. I have a 10-year-old who uses the center now.”
At the corner of Falls Rd. and 36th St, many drivers honked in solidarity with the protesters. (Photo by Sean M. Bowie)
“They can spend money to rebrand the Rec and Parks logo and they have to cut rec enters?” Dill fumed. “They have DPW workers gambling and drinking on the job! Money is being wasted all over this city.”
City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who was among the protesters, has told the community that no serious bidders appear to be expressing interest in running the Hampden facility.
Another protester at the demonstration, Doug Armstrong, said the privatization program as described so far is underfunded and ill-defined.
“It is a ridiculous plan,” said Armstrong, a green party candidate running against Clarke in the 14th District in the Nov. election. “If you think this plan could possibly result in anything benefiting the community, there’s some swampland I’d like to sell you in Florida.”
Closure Is Not Our Goal
Bill Tyler, bureau chief of recreation, said the protests are misguided. He called the privatization plan an “out-of-the-box” solution to the absolute necessity of reducing operating costs and developing a better future for the rec program.
“My question is this: if not this plan, what plan?” he said in an interview with The Brew. “We can’t continue with the present system of limited services and staffing. Money is not as plentiful as it used to be. It would be nice if people accepted an out-of-the-box idea rather than [the city] just closing them [the centers] down and saying good luck.”
Tyler said the department’s goal is to place between 19 and 25 of the city’s 55 rec centers under private operation, which a task force says would save about $400,000 a year.
This young protester's sign reads, "Dear Mayor Rawlings-Blake: I want a safe place to play, grow and learn. Please don't close my rec center." (Photo by Sean Bowie)
While he hopes that all rec centers will remain open, Tyler acknowledged that some rec centers could be closed if private operators do not step forward. “If there are no operators, there may be closure [of some centers], but closure is not our goal,” he said.
Private parties – such as non-profits, for-profits, community organizations and city schools – can bid on any of the city’s 55 rec centers. “It’s open to anyone with a history and track record of successful management,” Tyler said. “That includes grassroots organizations that have evolved in the shadows and can bring value to the community.”
The city has issued a RFP (Request for Proposals) with bids due next Wednesday, Oct. 12. Private groups were told in the RFP to be ready to take over a rec center by Monday, Nov. 14.
In practice, however, Tyler says he expects no rec center to be in private hands until the end of November. The overall transition to private management is set to be completed by December 31, he added.
Doug Armstrong, Green Party candidate for City Council in the District 14, joined the protest. (Photo by Sean M. Bowie)
Mayor Rawlings-Blake will make the final decision of what parties will be selected as rec center operators.
City to Offer Seed Money
At six of the to-be-privatized facilities, the city plans to offer subsidies for the first year of management. According to the RFP, “each award will amount to $50,000 for a recreation center less than 7,999 square feet, and $100,000 for facilities above 8,000 square feet.”
The RFP continues: “Proposers should submit plans which cover each scenario, i.e., without seed money, with $50,000 seed money and with $100,000 seed money.”
Recreation and Parks “will chose [stet] the six partnership agreements for the $50,000 or $100,000 grant based on the opinion and expertise of the Recreational Division Management.”
Tyler expects the city school system to bid on many rec centers that share space in school buildings. That space could be used for classrooms and other activities, with after-school programs open in the evening.
Publicity to Come after Operators Are Selected
Very little notice or publicity has been offered by the city regarding the rec centers plan. A task force that developed the privatization scheme presented its findings to Mayor Rawlings-Blake last December, but its report was not posted on the Recreation and Parks website until late August. (The Brew was the first to disclose the report’s findings).
Tyler said, however, that a “massive public outreach” will commence once the city has selected the operators.
“As soon as we are clear about who they are, we want to do a massive community outreach, with community forums where people can meet the new operators and have a say in terms of new or improved services,” he said.
But rec center users in neighborhoods other than Hampden may want to have a say before that time. Dill agrees.
“This has broader implications than just Hampden. I’m sure other neighborhoods will have similar concerns when they see their centers at risk,” she said. “We’re just the loudest and most obnoxious to grab attention.”
As Baltimore City Council and Baltimore Maryland Assembly pols PRETEND they care about public rec centers and public sports facilities they are all installing ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GATEWAY COMMUNITY policies allowing for NO PUBLIC INPUT OR VOICE.
Here we see the movement of Federal Department of Recreation funding for communities and public schools and universities to GLOBAL CORPORATE ATHLETIC STRUCTURES. This was the MASTER PLAN installed in REAGAN/CLINTON era to allow all US cities to decay getting them ready for US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUSES AND GLOBAL FACTORIES. All Baltimore pols installed by crony and rigged elections these few decades have known this goal as too those FAKE 'GLOBAL WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT' labor and justice 5% to the 1% players.
“They took away basketball courts. They closed rec centers,” former NBA player and Baltimore native Muggsy Bogues told the Sporting News. “They took away a lot of the resources and outlets we had.”
'In 1991 the city allocated $8.7 million to help fund 76 rec centers, versus $182 million for law enforcement. In 2013, the budget allowed for $10.6 million for 35 centers and $324.9 million for law enforcement. The population went from 735,000 in 1991 to 622,000 in 2013'.
Below we see two GLOBAL WALL STREET 1% PLAYERS -----JACK YOUNG AND RAVENS LEWIS pretending they are tied to rebuilding community recreation while working for team ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE killing the 99% of citizens. This is why some say LEWIS IS NOT BLACK---HE IS THAT 1% GLADIATOR STAR----what Jack Young did pretending to help the low-income citizens in communities slated to become global corporate campuses----is create a fund just for recreation centers AND KNOW WHAT? That will subsidize the building of global fitness corporations/after-school programs no doubt LEWIS owns. All community fitness funds are going to WELLNESS businesses now small business but in a decade or so they will be folded into global corporations. THERE GOES OUR ONCE STRONG LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE FOR THE 99% FITNESS AND SPORTS POLICIES.
Baltimore riots, protests highlight need for more youth rec centers
Published on May. 11, 2015
In the aftermath of impassioned demonstrations in Baltimore, a haunting visual remains for some of the city’s proudest and most esteemed natives.
The youthful faces of protesters, and a pocket of rioters, in Charm City’s streets and flashed across television and computer screens was a disheartening reminder of the state of sports and recreation centers around town.
“When I was growing up, you talk about a difference from 1983 when I was in high school to today, we had rec centers that we could go to after school,” Loyola men’s assistant basketball coach and former Maryland player Keith Booth said.
“And within those rec centers we had responsible, positive adults that reinforced positive things upon us in regard to doing things the right way, be it through athletics, home economics classes, things like that that you were learning outside of school. They need to go back to that in regards to funding for local rec centers.”
Rec centers served as the foundation of the lives of Baltimore’s most famous athletes and the city’s youth in general for decades after they were built in the 1960s and 1970s, but have experienced a decline — physically and in their relevance — over the last 10-plus years that citizens and politicians agree is in desperate need of a reversal.
Proof positive was that a large portion of the protesters — and, disturbingly, the rioters — in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in the custody of Baltimore police appeared to be high school students.
Rec centers were a staple for adults who grew up in Baltimore and were an especially valuable resource in Baltimore’s poorest areas where parents had to work long hours to make ends meet.
To adults whose upbringings were complete with so many hours spent after school at their local rec center, the young rioters were an indication of a community that had failed its youth.
“I do understand that people are frustrated, that a lot of kids are frustrated,” said Mark Karcher, a former Temple basketball player, 76ers draft pick and executive director of the Baltimore’s Finest AAU program. “I don’t know what they’ve experienced or someone in their family experienced with police and so forth. I really don’t want to judge them, but when I looked at the young kids, they don’t have a clue of what they’re getting into and that’s when you look at, ‘What are the outlets? What can we, as grown folks, do to help guide them in another direction?’”
When the protests were at their height, Karcher attended a block party for young people in Cloverdale Park that a friend told him about. The event, which featured food, music, and adults from the area offering guidance and constructive discussion, drew some 600 kids by Karcher’s estimation. Denver Nuggets guard and Baltimore native Will Barton also attended.
“I think it was a time where they just exploded,” Karcher said. “They felt like they had to release their energy and I don’t think they went about it the right way. And that was the main reason why we met, so we could tell them, we understand you’re frustrated, but there’s a way of handling things.”
The adults in attendance listened to their stories and the kids received advice about a variety of subjects, including handling themselves in bad situations and posting on social media.
“It was a great scene for everybody,” Karcher said. “A lot of people came through the park throughout the day and a lot of kids, instead of walking to where the situation was at, they walked to the park.”
As protests broke out in the city and splintered off into violence in some parts, the frustration in all its forms was understandable, though not necessarily condoned, to people who live there. The tension between the local police and the city’s residents didn’t begin with Gray’s death and won’t end because of the arrest of six Baltimore police officers.
But the demonstrations put a fresh focus on some of the issues that most gravely affect Baltimore, one of which is the city’s deteriorating and disappearing rec centers, and the subsequent effect on its youth. Four of the centers that closed in west Baltimore served neighborhoods where the median household income ranged from $15,000 to $31,000, according to a report by the Citizens Planning and Housing Association. The report also showed the now closed Crispus Attucks center served a neighborhood with a 66 percent poverty rate and one of the most highly concentrated youth populations in the area.
“They took away basketball courts. They closed rec centers,” former NBA player and Baltimore native Muggsy Bogues told the Sporting News. “They took away a lot of the resources and outlets we had.”
After the west Baltimore youth center Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony grew up in closed when he was a teenager, he vowed to open a center of his own when he was financially able. He donated $1.5 million to open a facility bearing his name in 2006 that was previously run by the Boys and Girls Club.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plan to restore the centers’ place in the community consisted of closing what she and a task force deemed were rundown, outdated facilities, and creating fewer, bigger and more modern ones that were better suited for Baltimore’s shrinking population. Some of the remaining centers were taken over by private groups. The other centers were put under the control of the city’s public education system in a partnership with the Recreation and Parks Department.
This plan, she maintained, was more budget-friendly than sinking additional money into centers that were built some 40 years ago and received minimal upkeep since.
Critics, however, point to the mayor’s appropriation of funds in the budget, mainly that the law enforcement portion has swelled over the last 25 years, while the money devoted to rec centers has remained the same or been cut.
In 1991 the city allocated $8.7 million to help fund 76 rec centers, versus $182 million for law enforcement. In 2013, the budget allowed for $10.6 million for 35 centers and $324.9 million for law enforcement. The population went from 735,000 in 1991 to 622,000 in 2013.
“We cannot continue to give more than half the money we raise from property taxes to one agency to do one part of a big job,” Baltimore councilman Bill Henry said in a recent city council meeting. “And that job of public safety involves giving kids meaningful things to do so they’re not out in the street causing trouble.”
Henry added that the city had “purposely disinvested” in its youth and was instead “investing in catching and caging them.”
Rawlings-Blake also proposed selling four of the city’s parking garages to private companies to raise $60 million for rec centers, but City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has opposed giving up long-term revenue for quick cash. Or if the lot sales are approved, he wanted assurance that the money will go toward building two “super” rec centers, one each in the eastern and western parts of the city.
The new and renovated centers are triple the size of older centers and therefore built to accommodate more children, but fewer centers means they aren’t abundantly available in every neighborhood like they had been in the past.
“The local kids started over in west Baltimore where Freddie Gray was actually arrested,” Booth said. “It started off as a protest and eventually it turned into a riot. … If you look at that western district where Freddie Gray was first arrested, you can find maybe six to 10 rec centers in that area alone where they’ve been shut down.”
Maryland coaches Gary Williams and Keith Booth. (Credit: Getty Images)
Ownness also falls on each center’s director and volunteers to get into the community and attract young people to their facilities.
Anthony Lewis, who worked at and served as director of Cecil Kirk Rec Center for over four decades until he retired in 2012, says aggressive marketing and catering to each neighborhood is paramount in running a rec center. The famed facility, located in east Baltimore, birthed the careers of dozens of NCAA and NBA basketball players, including Rudy Gay and Juan Dixon, since it was built in 1970 with the help of Lewis’ guidance and mentorship. Lewis, it should be noted, says he takes even more pride at the scores of children who came through his center and went onto attend college.
“You’re always marketing,” Lewis said. “If you live in an area like we did where you need an afterschool program, then you have an afterschool program. If you live in an area where you need marching band practice, then you did that. If you need modern dance practice, you did that. Or football or basketball, whatever it was, you did that. What was needed, that’s what you provided. And if you provide those things, kids will come.”
That all concerned parties agree the city’s rec centers need to return to prominence is a cause for optimism, even if some of the details on how to get there can’t be agreed upon.
The collective hope is that the next time Baltimore’s citizens unite for positive change, the charge is led by those who were raised by a proud community, not left behind by an indifferent one.
When we say Baltimore politics is totally crony and pay-to-play patronage while the global 1% fleece our city of a billion dollars each year-----these global Wall Street 5% players throw a few million to pay-to-play project acting as the only way 99% of citizens can have jobs or small businesses. We see this CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT doing just that----that is to what this fund will go-----making local citizens feel they are part of public recreation while all of this is being DISMANTLED AND PRIVATIZED to global corporations with NO INTENT of 99% of US citizens having sporting leisure-----
THIS IS A PAY-TO-PLAY STRUCTURE THAT IS INDEED BEING USED AS A NATIONAL MODEL----IT IS THE REASON ONLY OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% FREEMASONS GET THESE FUNDS AND CONTROL HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT IN US CITIES.
Again, Jack Young did not create this policy media saying he is behind a NATIONAL MODEL---have you noticed that Baltimore is behind all these national models? This model is used in third world nations by global NGOs to allow global citizens to feel they are part of a development ending in total global 1% control.
THIS IS A UNITED NATIONS/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION MODEL FOR PAY-TO-PLAY CREATION OF WINNERS AND LOSERS.
If you support GATEWAY COMMUNITIES ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE DEVELOPMENT----you win grants for temporary businesses. We see ONE WORLD GLOBAL 1% SAN FRAN with its own version as it was made extreme wealth extreme poverty back in 1990s/2000s
DOES SAN FRAN HAVE ANY POOR CHILDREN THESE FEW DECADES----oh, I see it is PRETENDING TO HELP POOR CHILDREN--------
'In 1991, San Francisco became a national model by creating “a dedicated Children’s Fund, and making ‘San Francisco’ the first city in the country to guarantee funding for children each year in the city budget, while preventing any cuts in previously funded services.”'
EVERY non--profit in this list is that 5% to the 1% global Wall Street Baltimore Development 'labor and justice' organization pretending to help the poor while KILLING 99% OF US CITIZENS. WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% would have nothing to do with these GLOBAL GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT policies and economic development----please stay away from these NGO and volunteer structures.
Council President Kicks Off $12 Million Youth Fun
BALTIMORE, MD – On Tuesday, February 21, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young officially convened a task force of students, nonprofit leaders and community advocates to recommend guidelines related to the creation of a multi-million dollar youth fund that will benefit children and teens.
"This Fund is going to have an incredible impact on the programs that affect our youth. It is a big step in the right direction," said Council President Young.
The 38-member task force will offer suggestions on the following:
- Grantmaking Criteria: Methods and criteria for identifying specific program and services eligible for funding the Fund, and
- Grantmaking Style: Methods and criteria for allocating available funds among eligible programs and services, and
- Fund Organizational Structure: Establishment of any other legislative or administrative rules, regulations, or standards, consistent with this section, governing the fund, its operations, and programs and services funded by it.
The task force will be co-chaired by Adam Jackson, the chief executive officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a Baltimore think tank that focuses on social activism, and Dr. John Brothers, who oversees T. Rowe Price's philanthropic activities.
“It's essential that we invest in our Black-led community based institutions," Jackson said. "The youth fund represents an opportunity to implement a race equity framing around resource distribution by philanthropy.”
Dr. Brothers said that Council President Young's Youth Fund would create the third largest grant-making organization in Baltimore City.
“Baltimore has a bright future. And our youth will define how exactly that will look," Dr. Brothers said. "As Adam and I work with the team, we’ll look to find ways to empower our city’s youth, so they can be the architects of change.”
A number of cities have successfully pursued a similar approach.
In 1991, San Francisco became a national model by creating “a dedicated Children’s Fund, and making ‘San Francisco’ the first city in the country to guarantee funding for children each year in the city budget, while preventing any cuts in previously funded services.”
In 1996, residents in Oakland, Calif., voted overwhelmingly to amend the city charter in order to invest millions of dollars in programs and services proven to benefit children and young adults.
And in 2002, voters in Miami’s Dade County passed a ballot initiative that has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into similar programming. Residents - in the face of a crippling recession – confirmed their commitment six years later by approving a 10-year, $1 billion tax hike to avoid a planned sunset of the fund.
The first meeting of the task force takes place today at 5:00 p.m.. at the Humanim American Brewery at 1701 N Gay Street.
Listed below are member of the task force:
- Co-Chair: Adam Jackson – Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (Chief Executive Officer)
- Co-Chair: Dr. John Brothers – T. Rowe Price Foundation (President & President of the Program for Charitable Giving)
- Robert C. Embry Jr.,Abell Foundation
- Samantha Mellerson, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Valencia Warnock King, Associated Black Charities
- Jamal Jones, Baltimore Algebra Project
- Mira Green, Baltimore City Finance Department
- Yoanna Moisides, Baltimore City Finance Department
- Elena DiPietro, Baltimore City Law Department
- Dawn Kirstaetter, Baltimore City Community College
- Michael D. Thomas, Baltimore City Public Schools
- Jade Malonga, BCPS – STUDENT
- Mecca Lewis, BCPS – STUDENT
- Niara Ferguson, BCPS – STUDENT
- Jonathan Townes, BCPS – STUDENT
- Brianna Dower, BCPS – STUDENT
- Adar Ayira, Baltimore Racial Justice Action
- Tracey Estep, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks
- Kenneth R. Darden, Boys & Girls Club
- Mary Anne O’Donnell, Boys & Girls Club
- David Miller, Dare to Be King
- Kimberly Armstrong, Diamond Development, Inc
- Kim Trueheart, Downtown Cultural Art Center
- Alexandria Warrick Adams, Elev8 Baltimore
- Arlene F. Lee, Governor’s Office for Children
- Donald C. Fry, Greater Baltimore Committee
- Sheryl Goldstein, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
- Antinnea Skipwith, The Intersection
- Joseph Smith, Johns Hopkins University
- Ericka Alston-Buck, Kids’ Safe Zone
- Terry Hickey, Mayor’s Office
- Jason Perkins-Cohen, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
- George Mitchell, Neighborhoods United
- Sue Elias, Parks & People Foundation
- Heber Brown III, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
- Michelle Becote-Jackson, Y of Central Maryland
- Stacie Sanders Evans, Young Audiences
- Lara Law, Youth Empowered Society (YES!)