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Lt. Governor Simon to celebrate Title IX anniversary with WNBA's Chicago Sky PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:13

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX today with Chicago Sky Coach Pokey Chatman, Sky players Swin Cash and Ruth Riley, and some members of the Sky’s honorary Title IX team. Enacted on June 23, 1972, Title IX banned sex discrimination in schools, and led to expanded opportunities for female athletes.

Simon, a record-holding high jumper at Wittenberg University in Ohio, will declare Wednesday “Title IX Day” in Illinois, and Coach Chatman will announce the Sky’s honorary Title IX team. The team members are: Margaret Stender, chairwoman, former president and CEO of the Chicago Sky; Sarah Spain, ESPN/ESPNW contributor and reporter; Amy Skeen, president and CEO of Girls in the Game; Lisa Cole, founder of the Chicago Force; Julie Foudy, member of USA Women’s Soccer Team; Peg Kopec, volleyball coach at St. Francis High School in Wheaton; Ramelia Williams, former Chicago director of Go Girl Go!; and Maria Wynne, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; and Lt. Governor Simon.

DATE: Wednesday, June 20

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: James R. Thompson Center Plaza, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

ADDITIONAL: The Sky will host festivities on the plaza from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including a performance by its acrobatic team and drum line. The declaration ceremony will follow.


Sign up for the Davenport Amateur Golf Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 15 June 2012 14:02
Amateur Golf Tournament

Davenport Parks and Recreation This summer weekend: June 15 - 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 15 June 2012 13:54
Davenport Parks and Recreation 
This summer weekend: June 15 - 17

Golf and a Movie - Family Friday Nights

Friday, June 15, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Red Hawk Golf and Learning Center
6364 Northwest Blvd

Come join us at Red Hawk and enjoy the 3 par golf course and a bucket of balls to use at the range. To top it off we have pizza and a movie afterwards. Only $4 per person at the event.  

Family Learn How to Fish!

Saturday, June 16, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Vander Veer Botanical Park Lagoon

215 W Central Park

Fishing is a popular sport for many people, but do you know how to fish? Do you really know the techniques of fishing? Bring your entire family with your poles or borrow a few from Parks and Recreation "Learn-How-To-Fish". The event will discuss basics about fishing, which will include fish identification, parts of the fishing pole, baiting your hook and much more. Sign up for door prizes at the event. Please bring your own worms and have fun fishing! This event is FREE and fun for the whole family! 
Cool off with Public Skate Sessions at the River's Edge

There will be no place better this hot weekend than cooling off with a little ice skating at the River's Edge. Admission is only $3, and we also rent skates for additional $3. Public Skate times this weekend are as follows:

Friday, June 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, June 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm & 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sunday, June 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The River's Edge

700 West River Drive


Happy Father's Day!
Centennial Park Summer CRAZE!

Sunday, June 17, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Centennial Park

Calling ALL families in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas! Come celebrate summer with Davenport Parks and Recreation and B100 at Centennial Park, 315 S Marquette St. You can enjoy an array of FREE activities at this beautiful riverfront downtown park. Enjoy exhibition rugby, our Spray Park, and the Dog Off Leash Area. You can end the night by attending the City of Davenport Night at the River Bandits baseball game. It's a fun filled afternoon for the whole family!


City of Davenport Night at Modern Woodmen Park

Sunday, June 17, 7:00pm

Take the family out to the ballgame! Pick up your FREE tickets at the River's Edge for berm or bleacher seats at Modern Woodmen Park for City of Davenport night. Watch the River Bandits play and stay for fireworks after the game.


Music on the Levee

Sunday, June 17, 7:00pm

Want to listen to music instead of watching baseball?  This Sunday is part of a series of FREE Sunday night concerts at Peterson Pavilion at LeClaire Park.  Come on down to hear some smooth jazz from Tewanta & Company. Refreshments will be available for sale.  Enjoy the band-shell seats or bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some music riverside under the stars. 

Wapsi River Center News Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Gerwulf   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:48

Overnight Canoe Adventure Planned


From 4:30 P.M. Friday, June 15 to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 16, an overnight canoe float on the Wapsipinicon River is being planned.  Join Wapsi River Center naturalists on a canoe adventure exploring the Wapsi River from Syracuse Landing just east of Wheatland to Allen’s Grove Park just north of Donahue with a stopover at the Owl’s Nest Dormitory ($7/person).  Please call for more details and to reserve your space (563) 328-3286.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa by taking County Road Y4E.  Then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

It’s More Than a Game to Coaches’ Wives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:26
Unusual Sorority Shares Demanding Lifestyle

College football fans are watching their teams practice and hoping the new recruits will be game-changers a few months from now. For them, it’s the lull before the fall.

For the team coaches though, there is no lull. As usual, they’re working seven days a week, heading out the door at 6 a.m. and coming home long after the wife and kids have gone to bed, says Kathy (Currey) Kronick, author of Mrs. Coach: Life in Major College Football (

“During spring ball games, they’re not home, so their wives are doing everything but playing football,” says Kronick, whose book recounts her years married to Coach Dave Currey. “And they’ll do that, too, if necessary.”

The life of a football coach’s wife is notoriously demanding, so much so that in 1989, the American Football Coaches Wives Association was created to provide “camaraderie, support, information and service.” They share a subculture unlike any other in the United States and, while it can be exciting and rewarding, it comes with many sacrifices.

“His career and the team are the No. 1 priority, no ifs, ands or buts about it. In that regard, it’s a lot like military spouses, but with college coaches, the family lives in the public eye,” Kronick says.

“The wives take care of everything at home, everything, because their husbands are at work day and night, seven days a week. Many wives also work – most coaches don’t make a lot of money. The wives are also expected to attend games, fundraisers and recruiting dinners. Every couple of years, unless they’re really, really lucky, they’re single-handedly packing up the household to move the family across the country because their team lost and their husband got fired.”

In 2008, three researchers interviewed nearly 300 college football coaches’ wives to learn more about their lives. Their findings, Kronick says, paint a portrait of what fans never see when they are cheering – or jeering – the team.

• Wives pray for wins. Every loss can mean the coach gets fired. “So you not only have the stress of being suddenly jobless, but if he’s fortunate to find another job, you’ll likely be packing up the house and kids – without him, he’s gone on ahead – to move to a new city and a new state,” Kronick says. She moved 27 times during her marriage to Currey. Moving so frequently can be an adventure as families explore different parts of the country, but it’s also hard to leave a place where you’ve made friends and grown comfortable.

• July is for weddings, funerals and making babies. College football coaches are off for the month of July, so that’s when families plan important events. Some couples celebrate their wedding anniversaries in July – whether or not that’s when the couple got married, Kronick says.

• Families must always be aware of the media. “You have to mind your p’s and q’s,” Kronick says. “The media is always looking for something – they want to know the secrets. You also have to be very careful not to do anything that will make your school or team look bad.” All the attention can be fun when the team is on a winning streak but, as Kronick points out, it’s hard for kids at school when everyone’s blaming their dad for the team’s poor performance.”

• Most coaches’ families live on tight budgets. The majority of the families in the 2008 study had an income of $50,000 to $125,000 a year, with nearly 72 percent of the wives holding jobs outside the home.  Most assistant coaches have one-year contracts, Kronick says, so if they’re fired – or the head coach is fired, which means the assistants lose their jobs, too – their income stops.

The life of a coach’s wife isn’t all hardship, Kronick notes. Out of necessity, wives become self-reliant and independent, if they weren’t to begin with, and that boosts self-confidence.  It’s fun cheering on your team, and lasting friendships are often formed among this group that shares so much.

“But in the end, most wives give up their lives for their husband’s dream,” Kronick says. “I couldn’t do that any longer. I needed to pursue my own dreams, and to have a husband I could talk with about them.”

About Kathy (Currey) Kronick

Kathy (Currey) Kronick was married to Dave Currey from 1974 to 1989. He was an assistant coach at Stanford University when they met and married, and later moved on to Long Beach State (Calif.), the University of Cincinnati and UCLA. They divorced in 1996. Kronick, who has a bachelor’s in education of the deaf and a master’s in counseling, is the mother of two children and is happily remarried.

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