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Park Board Passes Resolution Promoting Good Sportsmanship District-wide

Naperville Park District to observe National Sportsmanship Day on March 3

At their February 27, 2020 meeting, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that promotes the importance of good sportsmanship District-wide. Actions authorized by the resolution include the following:
•    Observe National Sportsmanship Day annually on the first Tuesday of March
•    Remind participants, coaches, parents and spectators of the District’s expectations related to conduct and  good sportsmanship through training, program materials and a variety of media 
•    Create awareness in the community of the District’s emphasis on good sportsmanship and its benefits for everyone.

The Institute for International Sport established National Sportsmanship Day in 1991 to promote the values of sportsmanship and fair play through education and sport. The day is observed annually on the first Tuesday of March, which will occur this year on March 3, 2020, close to the time when the District’s spring athletic leagues begin.

Participants in the District's athletic programs learn and not only practice athletic skills, but also social
skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Observance of National Sportsmanship Day will reinforce the District's commitment to the sportsmanship initiative, and supports the District’s core value of Personal
Growth and Enrichment.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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