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Government Recreation & Fitness


Highlights of the October 2011 Issue

Federal Recreation:
FBI Recreation Association —
Boosting Morale for 80 Years


Dating back to 1931, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Recreation Association was enacted by President Herbert Hoover in an effort to provide easier access to recreational opportunities for FBI employees and their families.

“Hoover was looking for a way to build morale, welfare and camaraderie, and let FBI employees not only work together but also play, socialize and do activities together to help build teamwork and get to know each other outside of the workplace,” says FBI Recreation Association Executive Director Dennis Amaral, who has been at the association for 17 years.

“We have records going all the way back to Hoover documenting ski trips and softball and basketball leagues, for example, as well as trophies from the 1930s from baseball games with other agencies. And the association has just grown from there over the years.” Read more ...

NRPA Congress and Exposition:
Armed Forces Recreation Pros Set for NRPA Congress and Expo in Atlanta

Military recreation professionals are headed to Atlanta, Ga., for the 46th Annual National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Exposition, Nov. 1-3, and the annual Armed Forces Professional Training Institute (PTI) on Oct. 31. This year's Congress theme — Active Minds, Healthy Nation — reflects the overriding mission of all who will be attending: To create perfect opportunities for a healthy nation of Americans. The conference is an opportunity to exercise your mind with park and recreation professionals and citizens from across the country. Read more ...

AFRN Incoming Chair Amy Cimino-Shockley: Steering the Ship Through a Sea of Change
AFRN Outgoing Chair James Baker: Making Strides DuringYear of Transition

Military Fitness — NSA Washington Navy Yard:
Fitness Equipment, Programs Toughen Sailors for Missions

NSA Washington, Washington, D.C., features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, as well as high-level programs and services that help prepare sailors for the toughest missions.

NSA Washington encompasses the Washington Navy Yard, NSF Naval Research Laboratory, NSF Suitland, NSF Naval Observatory, NSF Potomac Annex, NSF Arlington and NSF Carderock. Located in the nation's capital, the seven installations host many Navy headquarters commands, including Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and Naval District Washington headquarters.

The Washington Navy Yard, authorized by the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, in 1799, is the Navy's oldest shore establishment. It occupies land set aside for use by the federal government along the Anacostia River.

Today, the Washington Navy Yard continues to be the “Quarterdeck of the Navy” and houses numerous support activities for the fl eet and aviation communities. Read more ...