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Development of a National Physical Activity Plan for the United States

Daniel B. Bornstein, Russell R. Pate, and David M. Buchner

Background:

Efforts to increase population levels of physical activity are increasingly taking the form of strategic plans at national, state/regional, and local levels. The processes employed for developing such plans have not been described previously. The purpose of this article is to chronicle the processes employed in and lessons learned from developing the US National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP).

Methods:

The Coordinating Committee oversaw development of the NPAP. Key steps in the process included creating a private–public coalition based in the private sector, organizing the NPAP around 8 societal sectors, reviewing the evidence base for promotion of physical activity in each sector, conducting a national conference to initiate development of the NPAP’s core content, ensuring broad participation in developing and refining the NPAP, and launching the NPAP through a press event that attracted national attention.

Results and Conclusion:

The 3-year effort to develop the NPAP was guided by a private–public collaborative partnership involving private sector organizations and government agencies. Launched in May 2010, the NPAP included more than 250 evidence-based recommendations for changes to policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels across 8 societal sectors.

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Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Sport Organizations: Empirical Verification of a Framework

Trevor Slack and Bob Hinings

Edited by Lucie Thibault

While it is one of the central topics in the study of organizations, the concept of strategy has received little attention in the sport management literature. This paper is, in part, designed to help fill some of this void. Specifically, the purpose of the paper is to empirically verify a framework proposed by Thibault, Slack, and Hinings (1993) for the analysis of strategy in nonprofit sport organizations and to locate a sample of national level sport organizations within this framework according to their strategic type. The results of the study support the existence and utility of the two dimensions identified in Thibault et al.'s framework. They also reveal that there are common characteristics within the organizations that constitute each of the framework's four strategic types. The identification of these characteristics provides us with a preliminary understanding of the strategic initiatives being pursued by those sport organizations.

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Building Department Visibility and Support through Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

Jason R. Carter, Nancy I. Williams, and Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko

Building departmental visibility and support is essential to the success of any kinesiology unit. This paper provides an overview of different strategies taken by three American Kinesiology Association member departments to advance their respective units. Each program was faced with unique institutional goals and structures, yet each institutional example highlights the shared theme of building strategic partnerships and cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. Common strategies across the three institutions included a genuine understanding of university priorities and politics, chair and faculty leadership, strong internal and external communication, a willingness to lead and think creatively, and maintaining a focus on academic and educational excellence.

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A Framework of Strategic Approaches to Membership Growth in Nonprofit Community Sport

Kristen A. Morrison and Katie E. Misener

, competitive advantage, and position (e.g.,  Pettigrew, 1985 , 2012 ; Porter, 1980 ). In order to develop effective organizational strategies, nonprofit leaders may engage in a deliberative strategic planning process in order to “produc[e] fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an

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Leading With Vision and Values: An Interview With Richard Peddie, Former President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Frederik Ehlen, Jess C. Dixon, and Todd M. Loughead

importance of vision and values as being fundamental to the nature of strategic leadership and in setting an organization’s sense of direction. Additionally, the interview highlights the importance of strategic planning to create corporate value. Interviewer: How did you become the CEO of MLSE? Peddie: It

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Understanding the Ecological System: Increasing Women’s Sport Participation Within Bowls Canada Boulingrin

Adam T. Pappas and Shannon Kerwin

organization, and they recognize that their participant pool is 51% women and 49% men. However, representation of women participants over 40 years of age decreases as levels of competition increases. As Amber reviews the history of the organization and strategic plan that is coming to an end in the calendar

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The Small College Financial Crunch: Using Athletics as a Leading Form of Enrollment Management

Claire Zvosec and Nathan Baer

at hand” while keeping in mind long-term objectives of her job. Developing this strategic plan for the athletic department that both literally and figuratively is important for “keeping the doors open” at NPC in light of increased challenges facing small colleges in higher education will be the

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Greening Our Front Porch: Environmental Sustainability in Collegiate Athletics

Jamee A. Pelcher and Brian P. McCullough

This past April 22 (Earth Day), Smallville University (SU) President Williams expanded the campus’ environmental sustainability commitment by mandating that all departments on campus must have a strategic plan in place to address their respective environmental impacts by 2020 to establish specific

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Vulnerability to Fraud in Community Sport Organizations: A Multicountry Study on the Role of Organizational Capacity

Pamela Wicker, Katie E. Misener, Lisa A. Kihl, and Graham Cuskelly

), suggesting that CSOs where board members trust each other might be more vulnerable to occupational fraud. Planning and Development Capacity This dimension refers to an organization’s “ability to develop and draw on organizational strategic plans” ( Hall et al., 2003 , p. 6). Within CSOs, planning can relate

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Can Learning Self-Regulatory Competencies Through a Guided Intervention Improve Coaches’ Burnout Symptoms and Well-Being?

Kylie McNeill, Natalie Durand-Bush, and Pierre-Nicolas Lemyre

, wherein coaches (a) set personal goals and preferred standards and create strategic plans to achieve them (i.e.,  forethought/preparation ), (b) carry out their plans and monitor their performance (i.e.,  performance/execution ), and (c) evaluate their performance outcomes and adapt their plans as needed