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Naturally Impactful: Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase Builds Character in Young Fighters

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase Builds Character in Young Fighters

On January 13, 2014, tragedy struck at a house full of teenagers in South Linden when 14-year-old Terrico Henry was shot in the stomach. Calvin Fluellen, who was 16 at the time, would later tell police he didn’t think the gun was loaded when he pointed it at his young friend. But Fluellen pulled the […]

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Naturally Impactful: “The Sight of Music” Debuts at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center September 29

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: “The Sight of Music” Debuts at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center September 29

On September 29, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center will debut “The Sight of Music,” a six-week exhibition in the Center’s Main Gallery, featuring visual representations of music intended to highlight how “music is the soundtrack of our lives.” As part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Cultural Arts Center features several galleries and […]

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Naturally Impactful: Therapeutic Recreation Offers Connection & Competition For Athletes of All Abilities

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: Therapeutic Recreation Offers Connection & Competition For Athletes of All Abilities

Cornelius Oatis almost didn’t start playing the sport at which he’s the best in the country. He was playing four foot hoops basketball at his rec center when the coach announced they would soon introduce a new sport called boccia. “He looked at me and he asked me, Cornelius, are you gonna come out and […]

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Naturally Impactful: With Summer Program, Columbus Rec and Parks Promotes Food Security and Health

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: With Summer Program, Columbus Rec and Parks Promotes Food Security and Health

Food scarcity may not be at the front of everyone’s mind in the deep summer months, but it’s a problem the Columbus Department of Recreation and Park prepares to confront every year. For 48 years, the Department has sponsored summer meal programs to make sure that kids who are without school lunches for three months […]

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Gateway Adventures Offering Pedal & Paddle Tours of Columbus

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Gateway Adventures Offering Pedal & Paddle Tours of Columbus

If you want to explore Columbus by both land and by water, Gateway Adventures has you covered. The newly-formed tourism venture combines the recreation passion of two women in an effort to show Columbus off in a fun and challenging way, to the local and the visitor alike. Lisa Daris started Olentangy Paddle because of […]

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Learn Your Park Cbus Hopes to Connect Families with Nature

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Learn Your Park Cbus Hopes to Connect Families with Nature

Nicole Jackson, local leader for the Natural Leaders Network, wants you to visit a park. To that end, she is coming up on her fourth Learn Your Park Cbus event at Woodward Park, starting at 11 a.m. on May 6. After four years, organizing the event is just as much work as ever. “It’s definitely […]

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Scientists, Their Allies and Families March Through Columbus

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Scientists, Their Allies and Families March Through Columbus

Millions across the world marked Earth Day by marching in the streets to support scientists and the scientific process in the face of what many perceive as growing opposition from the US federal government as well as governments and powerful institutions around the globe. In a cloud-covered Columbus, thousands of scientists and science allies arrived […]

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