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Air Force Children Get Defensive
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Hot News
Bally Stock to be Delisted
CHICAGO --The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) notified Bally Total Fitness that its common stock will be suspended prior to the market open on May 2 and that the NYSE will formally delist Bally's stock, the club company announced. The NYSE indicated that its delisting of Bally's stock was a result of Bally's failure to satisfy the NYSE's continued listing standards, including minimum market capitalization and minimum average share price requirements. Also, the NYSE considered Bally's failure to timely file its 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K and its stated liquidity position. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Bally Sells 16 Canadian Clubs
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness announced that it has agreed to sell its 16 Toronto, Canada, facilities to Extreme Fitness Inc., which is acquiring six of the clubs, and GoodLife Fitness Centres Inc., which is acquiring the remaining 10 clubs. Read the full story.

JCC Association Earns Top Rating
NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive year, Charity Navigator recognized the JCC Association for its fundraising practices. The continental umbrella organization for the JCC Movement earned the group's highest four-star rating for fiscal 2005, which was the most recent data available. Charity Navigator is the nation's largest independent evaluator and assesses 5,000 charitable organizations annually to determine how much each spends to raise money and what percentage of the dollars raised are allocated to programs and services. Read the full story.

Life Time Fitness Revenue Grows 32 Percent
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- First quarter 2007 brought with it 32.6 percent revenue growth for Life Time Fitness, the Eden Prairie, MN-based health club company. First quarter 2007 revenue was $153.1 million compared to $115.4 million in first quarter last year. Read the full story.

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School Days
UConn Discusses Plans for New Rec Center
STORRS, CT -- The University of Connecticut is developing a plan to pay for a new student recreation center that would alleviate problems primarily stemming from a growing enrollment at its campus. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Air Force Children Get Defensive
MISAWA AIR BASE, JAPAN -- Military children have many unique opportunities available to them, and one such opportunity is the kajukenbo karate class offered at Misawa Air Base. A hybrid martial art that combines karate, judo, jujutsu, kenpo and kung-fu, kajukenbo is helping these military children stay fit. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Memberships Grow after Two-Year Stall
BOSTON -- Health club membership in the United States increased by more than three percent last year from 41.3 million members (over the age of six) in 2005 to 42.7 million in 2006, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). This is the first increase after a two-year stall in membership numbers in 2004 and 2005. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • A bomb threat at an L.A. Fitness club in Escondido, CA, turned out to be a hoax. According to local police, someone called in the bomb threat the night of April 23. The building and the surrounding area were evacuated, and bomb-sniffing dogs swept it for explosives, which were not found.
  • Parisi Sports Clubs, a northern New Jersey sports and fitness center chain, chose CheckPoint HR LLC, an administrative service organization that offers small- to mid-size organizations a single source for human resources, payroll services and benefits administration, for its Web-based Human Resource Management System.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 150 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


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