I'm excited to finally be able to announce the winners of our Best of the Best contest for this year. We had more entries this year than in the past, and in several of the categories, the judges had a difficult time making a decision. However, after gathering all the entries, sending copies of the entries to the judges, getting the judging forms back from the judges and discussing the final results with the judges, we finally settled on the winners in the four categories. They are:
Best Children's Program: Minton's Sportsplex, Texarkana, TX
Best New Member Integration Program: Big Vanilla Athletic Club, Arnold, MD
Best Community-based/Nonmember Program: BodyWorks Family Sports Centers, Lubbock, TX
Best Behavior Modification Program: The Wyckoff Family YMCA, Wyckoff, NJ
The winners get three free registrations to the Club Industry 2008 show, which will take place Oct. 15-18 in Chicago. We'll present the awards to these winners at 11:30 a.m., prior to the Friday, Oct. 17 panel session. The awards presentation is being sponsored by SportsArt Fitness.
Profiles of the winners will appear on the Web site next month and in the October issue.
We'd like to thank everyone who entered the competition this year. The quality of the programs out there is very encouraging and shows that clubs are working to make a difference in the lives of their members and their communities. --Pam