SPECIAL FACILITIES KEEP THE FUN IN SPORTS FUNDAMENTALS PEOPLE & of the Glenview Park District A feature that shines the spotlight on people who help create enriching and enjoyable recreational experiences at the Glenview Park District. As the Superintendent of Special Facilities, Lori Lovell oversees the 18-hole Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview Prairie Club’s 9-hole executive course and platform tennis courts, the Glenview Tennis Club and the Glenview Ice Center. Not new to the park district life, Lovell previously worked at park districts in Park Ridge, Schaumburg and Northbrook. Most recently, Lovell has taken on the exciting task of helping redesign the future Glenview Community Ice Center. Plans to date call for the existing building to add 60,000 square feet and include a dramatic two-story entry, a second full-size championship rink, a studio rink, concessions, a pro shop and a restaurant. As diverse as Lovell's facilities are, they share the goal of providing quality learning and playing opportunities for all ages and abilities. "We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle. People who are active dramatically reduce their risk of many diseases, including heart disease and osteoporosis. And children who participate in sports, are more likely to become active adults," she says. Q. What is the best age for kids to start sports? Lori: Parents who want to start their children in a sport should look for programs geared to a child's age and ability. Our youth developmental programs for golf, tennis, hockey and figure skating focus on having fun, learning fundamentals and getting multiple participation opportunities. As kids progress and show improvement, the skills and exercises are altered so they continue to be challenged and engaged. Youth tennis programs, for example, follow a Junior Development Pathway, which incorporates the highly- successful USTA, 10 and Under program and uses smaller court sizes and modified balls, rackets and scoring by age group. The pathway allows players as young as four to develop at their own pace. The Glenview Ice Center offers $15 introductory figure skating and hockey lessons taught by our professional instructors so boys and girls can have a positive first skating experience in a fun and safe environment. The programs are also great for parents to find out if their child is ready for a longer lesson program. 4 glenviewparks.org ▪ PEOPLE The Golfer Games program, which starts in the spring for kids as young as five, makes learning golf fun with activities that help develop basic motor skills for the full swing, chipping and putting. It is the perfect prelude to our Glenview Junior Golf Academy. Our Instructors and coaches work hard to make a young player’s first experience a positive one by creating an environment where fun and fundamentals are stressed. When kids are having fun, they develop much more quickly. Q. What competitive opportunities are available for kids? Lori: Parents might be surprised to learn their children can continue to advance and train at the park district, whether they choose to pursue a sport recreationally or competitively. The Glenview Park District has produced NHL Hockey players, Olympic Figure Skaters, Drive, Chip & Putt finalists, and nationally ranked tennis players. In fact, Mark Bey, who coaches the Championship Training Academy at the Glenview Tennis Club is one of the top junior developers in the country! Q. What advice do you have for parents considering enrolling their children in one of these programs? Lori: Keep it fun! A good developmental youth sports program should keep winning, losing and competition in proper perspective. It should provide a strong foundation from which children can move into a competitive program, or continue to enjoy the sport on a recreational level.