Friday, May 30, 2014

Walltown Friday Fitness Profile: Robert "Big Bob," Rogers

Fitness Friday Profile: Robert “Big Bob,” Rogers

Jared Fogle is a name that most do not recognize. However, Jared “the subway guy,” is known across the country for losing massive amounts of weight eating sandwiches. Why can’t it be that easy for the rest of us? The truth is it can’t. Hard work and discipline are required to become healthier. Just ask Robert Rogers (or “Big Bob,” as we call him) Walltown Park Recreation Center’s very own Jared. 

Bob spends more time at Walltown then the staff does. That’s why some of us refer to him as “Mr. Walltown”, or “The mayor of Walltown.” Bob is relentless in his pursuit of fitness. But, it wasn’t always that way for Bob. 

Bob spent his career as an executive chef in Durham. He prepared food for celebrities, athletes, and even President Jimmy Carter. Bob loved to cook, and Bob loved to eat. His weight was becoming a problem. A few years ago Bob’s weight landed him in Durham County Hospital where doctors thought he may only survive a few hours. They told Bob that he had a choice. Change the way he lived, or prepare for a short life. Bob decided to fight. “I looked in the mirror and told myself that I could feel sorry for myself, or I could do something about it.” He started small, gave up cigars and alcohol, and began squeezing a black rubber ball to build his strength while watching television. Once he had built his strength and was taken off of oxygen he joined a local gym where he lost around 60 lbs. Deciding that the gym was too expensive and impersonal, Bob searched for alternatives close to his home. He began working out at Walltown in 2011 and has since lost 140 lbs. In total Bob says that he has lost about 200 lbs. to date. Coincidentally, 200 lbs. is how much Bob regularly bench presses at Walltown. He credits staff members for helping him gain the confidence to return time and time again. Nowadays Bob doesn’t just work out; he helps new members learn to use the machines. Coming to Walltown is second nature for Bob, “I feel lost if I miss a workout,” “If you do anything for 21 straight days it becomes habit.” 

Bob utilizes Durham Parks and Recreation’s wellness pass. For $20 per month (with a playmore card) individuals can utilize fitness machines such as treadmills, cable weights, fitness classes, and Bob’s favorite for weight loss: the water wheel. “70 cents a day is a small price to pay for having your health back, you can’t even get a pack of nabs for that.”

Meet Big Bob. He’s our hero.  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Durham Girls Soccer League

A league of their own, that’s what the Durham Girls Soccer League really is.  Nothing against coed sports, but this league gives young girls a chance to play and develop their skills against other girls their age.  Some girls benefit greatly from the separation while learning the game. That is not all that makes this league unique.  In a time where most soccer leagues require constant weekend travel and multiple week night practices this league is different. D.G.S.L practices one night a week from an hour to an hour and a half. The leagues focus on development rather than winning and losing, which is a real draw for the league. No one says young people don’t need to know how to win and lose but this league is about development, which many times gets overlooked in the quest for winning youth games. This league has no playoffs and there is no official score, but of course all the girls know it. If you haven’t tried this league before it might be the one for your daughter.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Durham Futures Tournament L5

Are you interested in your child playing more tennis?  Why not try a tournament.

Durham holds a novice tournament each year on Father's Day weekend for boys and girls 18 and under.  New tournament players can receive a voucher for reimbursement of their tournament fee. 

For more information, click the link below or call Cathy Baldwin at 919-560-4355 ext. 27238 or email her at

Come join the fun.

Enter ID# 703917914

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Never Too Old to Play

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” There is no quote which speaks more to adult athletics than that. The hard reality is: people age. Fly balls that were once easy to catch – we now drop for a single. Driving the lane in basketball is now a three point set shot when no one guards you. The fast balls that we used to send away soaring now barely make it out of the infield. We used to knock down jumpers from the three – now we have trouble jumping during a lay-up. It seems as if many of us at a certain age simply “hang up the cleats and sneakers” when we start becoming overwhelmed by the more youthful sports people.

In reality, all we need to do is simply adjust the way we play. Old age usually hits you square in the hamstring.  One minute you walk onto the field of play ready to go, then all of sudden you find yourself arriving 45 minutes early to stretch. One minute you’re playing back-to-back basketball games for three hours and the next minute its three hours after one game before you are even able to leave the gym. For every man or woman, there comes that time in sports when the wind starts blowing the other direction – but it does not mean your boat isn’t sea-worthy. It just means that it might be time to crank up the outboard. Just because your old motor doesn’t have the torque it used have is no reason to quit doing what you love to do.

An active lifestyle is just that – a LIFE style. Being involved in athletics is a lifelong pursuit and remaining athletic takes on new stances concerning your activities. Through the years, I have seen players grow old in age but continue to play with simple modifications. As we grow old, it is important to remember that the love of the game should always be more important than being overly successful at the game. Some athletic events have been modified to allow for continued play for the age-challenged athlete. Tennis has been adapted to include Pickle Ball. Softball has special playing rules including adding extra outfielders, and even extra base runners. Even Zumba offers Zumba Gold for those in their golden years.

“My theory is instead of throwing in the towel, just keep heading to the locker room. Remember you don’t stop playing because you get old; you get old because you stop playing. Don’t be the first to grow old, because you’re NEVER too old to play.” So call Durham Parks and Recreation at (919) 560-4355 and ask to speak to someone in Athletics about our Adult Sports.

Friday, May 23, 2014

How to Serve it Like Roddick

Below is a great video breaking down the 150mph serve of Tennis Professional Andy Roddick. The video is very informative about maximizing your serve speed and showing you just how Andy creates so much speed and power in his serve. You can find great instructional tool and videos online, but nothing is better than getting on the court and learning with an instructor. So make sure you check out the Durham Parks and Recreation Tennis Lessons offer for youth and adults this summer at  

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Durham Parks & Recreation will be spot lighting captains from the upcoming Mixed and Singles league.  Do you know of a captain that has something unique about themselves or has done something strange or unusual?  If so, let us know. 

Email us at


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer Recreational Prgorams at DPR

In case you have missed your current issue of playmore magazine, I would like to take a minute to tell you about some programs we offer over the summer. As far as special events go we just finished with the Bimbe festival and then summer movie series will kick off as far as athletics there are a lot of oppurtunities out there from the Little Tykes programs to P.A.L.S league basketball and an assortment of Tennis lessons for adults and youth. Please consult the online playmore guide for more information.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Women's Soccer Post Season Tournament- Come out & Watch

On Monday May 19, 2014 at Old Chapel Hill Road Park our Women's 30+ began their post season soccer tournament. The tournament will also kick off for our Open League 18+ as well.  This will be the first post season tournament under Athletics Belt, since we are now programming for these two leagues.  The ladies are excited and fired up, luckily this season we were fortunate to play 90% of our games because of the great weather. A few make up games pushed our season back, however we will conclude our season on May 27.   The season is ending in time for the World Cup. Will you be watching?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Tennis Lessons Youth and Adult

For all readers of this blog I am sure you have noticed a lot of instructional videos on tennis lately.Durham has a lot of great tennis programs and a lot of participants in its leagues all together it has thousounds of participants and here is whats coming up this summer please feel free to call the office and register or to get more detailed information 919-560-4355.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Final Adult Beginner Series

The question was brought to me... should kids be taught tennis on full court size or use the smaller version courts as with the QuickStart format? 

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wiffle Ball Recreational Activity or Competitive Sport?

Wiffle ball is no longer just a backyard sport played amongst kids but a highly competitive sport with leagues all over the USA with recreational teams  and teams comprised of former College and Professional Baseball players. I wondered what happens when you take a Major League Baseball player and ask him to hit against one of the best Wiffle ball pitchers? Luckily, I was able to find video evidence of what happened. So, watch the video below to find out for yourself. 

We at the Durham Parks and Recreation's Athletic Unit would also like to know your thoughts on the sport of Wiffle Ball?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bump      Set        Spike !!!!!!!


This picure illustrates one of our leagues we program for, which is our Co-Rec Volleyball League. We are wrapping up our spring season over at Walltown Park Recreation Center. This week we will complete our post season Tournament. We will begin registration for our Fall Co-Rec League on August 4 - August 22, 2014. Team fee is $80.00.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Women's Open Gym Basketball

Besides our youth sports we also offer Women's Open Gym 30+ during the week. Our women's open gym is held Wednesday nights at Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 West Murray Avenue) 6:30p-8:30p. Fees range from $4.00 -$9.00. Come out and join us for some healthy, fun basketball. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

P.A.L Basketball League Registration

                 The time is drawing near registration is open come be a part of this great DPR program.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Adult Beginner Series Part 2

Durham hosts many different events throughout the year for all level of players. For more information on events or even lessons, please contact us at 919-560-4355. 

Durham Parks & Recreation is hosting a novice youth tennis tournament Father's Day weekend.  This event brings players from all over North Carolina to Durham.  Come out and watch some great matches.  Locations are Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr. and Southern Boundaries Park, 100 Third Fork Rd.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Durham Fall Adult Softball

While the spring season of Adult Softball in Durham may be in full swing it is not to late to be thinking about playing Slow-Pitch Softball this Fall. The Durham Parks and Recreation Department offers Slow-Pitch Softball leagues for Men and Women to enjoy during the fall. The season start in August so make sure you contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (919) 560-4355 for more information on register a team or ask for the League Administrator to assist you in finding a team.