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Special Olympics Illinois to Bring Golf Event to Springbrook Golf Course July 21

Approximately 100 Special Olympics Illinois athletes will compete in a series of golf skill events at Springbrook Golf Course, located at 2220 W. 83rd Street in Naperville, on Wednesday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. First place winners will have the opportunity to advance to the State Tournament later this fall.

“Special Olympics Illinois is grateful to community partners like the Naperville Park District who champion the message of inclusion,” says Chris Winston, Chief Marketing Officer, Special Olympics Illinois. “Our athletes are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete at Springbrook Golf Course’s beautiful facility as they go for gold.”

“We welcome all of the Special Olympics athletes to Springbrook Golf Course for this event and wish them a great day of competition,” says Director of Golf Kevin Carlson.

Other golfers at Springbrook Golf Course need to be aware that the driving range and practice greens will be closed for the event from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21. However, the course will be open for regular play. Please note that the Glen Ekey Driving range and practice area at Naperbrook Golf Course will be available during the event as an alternative location. Naperbrook Golf Course is located at 22204 W. Hassert Boulevard in Plainfield.

The skill events in the competition include iron and wood shots, short and long putts, chipping, pitching and bunker shots. There will be an awards ceremony at the practice facility after the competition.

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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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