Public Information

May 6, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lucy Chaffin at 204-3015 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or Sharon Neylon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3036 

MSCR Receives Grant from the Goodman Foundation

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) has received a significant grant from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, Inc. to fund improvements at a new east side program site. The $106,691 will fund a significant portion of the remodeling costs for a leased program site located at 4620 Cottage Grove Road.  This facility will have several activity rooms to hold MSCR 50+ fitness classes, adult and family fitness, arts, dance and other MSCR programs.

Since 1994, the Goodmans and the Goodman Foundation have provided generous support of the MSCR 50+ fitness program.  The late brothers established an endowment fund with the Madison Rotary Foundation to provide ongoing support for this program. This support allows MSCR to keep fees affordable and accessible for older adults. The Goodman-Rotary 50+ Fitness program has more than 6,700 enrolled annually in a variety of fitness and enrichment classes like Tai Chi, yoga, strengthening & stretching, balance and more.

“We are overjoyed and grateful to the Goodman Foundation,” said Lucy Chaffin, MSCR Executive Director. “The new location will make a positive impact on this eastside neighborhood providing equitable recreation opportunities for all ages.”

The new space will offer arts, dance, family programming and special events, and will house several full time MSCR staff.  

The location is expected to open in December 2015, with a full menu of programs slated to start in January 2016. For more information contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3015.

MSCR offers a variety of recreation programs for all ages at affordable prices. Programs include: arts & enrichment, fitness, outdoor adventure, sports, swimming, day trips, special events and many more. Please call 204-3000, visit MSCR at 3802 Regent Street, or www.mscr.org for more information.

May 15, 2015

 

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Lucy Chaffin, MSCR Executive Director, at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3015, or Sharon Neylon, MSCR Outeach Manager, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3036

 

MSCR Receives Madison Community Foundation Grant to support the updates at a new East Side Space

 

Madison Community Foundation has awarded Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) a $50,000 grant to purchase equipment and furnishings for a new east side office and activity center located at 4620 Cottage Grove Rd. in the Rolling Meadows Shopping Center.   

 

The grant comes from several funds, $22,700 from the Madison Community Foundation Community Impact Fund, $1,000 from the Enhancement for the Elderly Fund, $1,300 from the Marian E. and Stephen E. Schleck Youth Fund, and $25,000 from the Ecumenical Fund for Seniors. All are components of the Madison Community Fund.

 

“MSCR is grateful for the Madison Community Foundation’s support.  This new site fills a neighborhood need and strong interest in access to affordable, public recreation programs,” said Lucy Chaffin, MSCR Executive Director. “The grant will support many  enriching opportunities for all ages, strengthening the east side community.”

 

The new space will offer arts, dance, and adult and 50+ fitness classes, and will house several full time MSCR staff.  MSCR also received a grant from the Goodman Foundation. This grant will offset the cost of remodeling the space to accommodate MSCR programs and offices.

 

“We’re thrilled to help MSCR launch these new programs in this new space. This should be a convenient location for many residents on the east side of Madison, and we anticipate strong participation,” said Bob Sorge, Madison Community Foundation President.

 

The new location is expected to open in December 2015, with a full menu of programs slated to start in January 2016. For more information contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3015.

 

MSCR
MSCR offers a variety of recreation programs for all ages at affordable prices.  Programs include: arts & enrichment, fitness, outdoor adventure, sports, swimming, day trips, special events and many more.  Please call 204-3000, visit MSCR at 3802 Regent Street, orwww.mscr.org for more information. 

 

Madison Community Fund
Madison Community Foundation (MCF) uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good. Since 1942, foundation staff have helped people realize their philanthropic goals, allowing them to support charitable interests anywhere in the world. The community foundation also awards grants throughout Dane County to build communities. More information is available at www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org.

 

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May 18, 2015

 

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Laura Harrington at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-6578, or Nicole Graper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3017

 

MSCR Tough Kiddo Challenge! -  Monday, May 18

Teaching more than 700 children healthy lifestyles

 

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) will hold the Tough Kiddo Challenge on Monday, May 18, 3-4 pm, at three regional locations.  More than 700 children will participate from 14 MSCR Safe Haven Child Care sites:

Photo Opportunities at three regional events, 3-4 pm:

  • Glendale Elementary, 1201 Tompkins  (site contact – Mike Gibson, 516-8899)
  • Marlborough Park, 2200 Whenona Dr  (site contact  - Laura Harrington, 698-0908)
  • Warner Park, 1511 Northport Dr -- event slightly northwest of Warner Park Community Recreation Center   (site contact - Leslie Wesenberg, 469-4931)

The Tough Kiddo Challenge is an obstacle course with fun activities to motivate participants to continue running the course.  Some of the obstacles require children to cooperate with fellow runners and some are individual challenges. 

Patterned after the adult "Tough Mudder," the Tough Kiddo event is for elementary aged children who participated in MSCR Healthy Self program all school year.  

MSCR began the Healthy Self program in 2003 in collaboration with Group Health Cooperative, which helps support the program at three sites, and Madison Metropolitan School District school nurses.  The program teaches elementary school children the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.  The Healthy Self Program is incorporated into MSCR Safe Haven afterschool programs at 14 sites which is an increase from 4 sites in prior years.

 

Healthy Self takes place weekly, children engage in nutrition education activities, cooking and fun fitness activities.  MSCR staff organizes Healthy Self family nights to share this critical information with parents and other family members.

 

For more information please call 204-6578. In case of bad weather, call 204-6578.

 

MSCR offers many recreation programs for all ages at affordable prices.  Programs include: sports leagues, arts & enrichment, fitness, cultural events, outdoor adventure, recreational sports, swim lessons and many other fitness and leisure opportunities.  Please call 204-3000 or stop by MSCR at 3802 Regent Street for more information.  Or visit MSCR’s website at www. mscr.org.

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MSCR, a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, is a public service recreation department serving the community since 1926.   It is the lead provider of a wide range of accessible programs and leisure opportunities

 

February 24, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicole Graper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-3017

MSCR Family & Youth Fitness

MSCR has openings in Family & Youth Fitness. Learn fun ways to work with your family to be active!
Classes take place Sundays, March 1 - 22. The fee is only $26.
 
Zumba Kids Jr -- classes are a dance ‘n’ play party for lil’ feet where pint-sized party animals get silly, dream big and begin their journey to a healthy future. Here they can socialize, move to age-appropriate music and play games with other kids.
  --For ages 4-6, at MSCR Odana, 9:45-10:30 am, course# 48483

Youth Yoga -- designed to be a natural outlet for youthful energy, class is a creative sequence of animal poses, games and songs designed for kids. Must bring own mat, towel or blanket. Siblings and guests must be registered to attend.
  --For grades K-5, at Hoyt, 2:30-3:15pm, #48495

Parent/Child Yoga -- enjoy playful time together practicing hatha yoga with your child as you increase your well being and connection with each other. Taught in a fun, kid-friendly manner, incorporating song, cooperative games, drawing, nature themes and children’s literature. Must bring own mat, towel or blanket. Parent/child classes should be attended by the parent and registered child only. Parent must attend and participate with child
  -- For ages 2-4, plus a parent, at Hoyt, 3:30-4pm #48499
 
 
Register at www.mscr.org or call 204-3026 for more information.
 
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February 23, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: John Probst at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3032 or TJ Rogness at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3035

MSCR Adult Summer Softball Leagues Registration

Get your team together.  Online registration available

Adult Summer Softball Leagues registration begins today. Go to www.mscr.org or www.mscrsportsleagues.org to register now.            

Leagues are for men and women age 16 and older who are Madison Metropolitan School District residents.  There is a 12 player minimum to register and each team may have 50 percent of the roster as nonresidents.   People may play on multiple teams but are limited to one team per night. Divisions of play include Slow Pitch Leagues for men, women & coed teams and Fast Pitch leagues for men's and women's teams.

Leagues play at various diamonds throughout the Madison.  The season starts May 1.

Teams may also register in-person beginning Tuesday, March 10, 8am at MSCR-Hoyt, 3802 Regent Street. For teams registering in-person, application materials are available at www.mscr.org or Monday – Friday, at MSCR, 8 am to 5 pm.

Call 204-3024 for more information or go to www.mscr.org.

MSCR Softball Player Pool

MSCR has a “Player Pool” to help residents 16 and older find a softball team.  No fee until you join a team. Go to www.mscr.org, to register,  or call 204-3024 for more information.

MSCR offers many recreation programs for all ages at affordable prices.  Programs include: sports leagues, arts & enrichment, fitness, outdoor adventure, recreational sports, swimming and many other fitness and leisure opportunities.  Please call 204-3000 or stop by MSCR at 3802 Regent Street for more information.  Or visit MSCR’s website at www. mscr.org.

MSCR, a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, is a public service recreation department serving the community since 1926.  

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February 24, 2015
 
For Immediate Release
 
Contact: Lucy Chaffin, MSCR Executive Director, at 204-3015 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
MSCR Works With Madison College to Build Addition at the Challenge Course
 
An exciting collaboration is coming to fruition this week. Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is working with Madison College Construction and Trades classes to construct a new welcome center at the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Challenge Course.  The walls were built during the fall semester at Madison College, and were trucked to the site at 5025 Sudbury Way. 
 
On Monday, a dozen students and instructors braved 10 degree weather to erect the walls and get a start on the roof trusses.  The crew will return Wednesday, February 25 to finish erecting the building, 7 am - 4:30 pm.
 
The Challenge Course is part of the MSCR Elements Teambuilding program where trained staff help groups improve communication, problem solving, risk taking and developing trust. Groups served include professional teams, non-profit staff, college groups, youth sports teams and other organizations.  In 2014, the program served more than 7,200.
 
Lucy Chaffin, MSCR Executive Director, describes "It has been a pleasure working with Madison College to make the dream of a welcome center with restrooms a reality.  We wouldn't have this facility without the contributions of staff and students who built the walls during their classes."
 
Operation Fresh Start (OFS), another trades training organization, will begin roofing the building on Monday, March 2. OFS is adding siding, gutters and fascia when the weather warms up. 

MSCR is coordinating the project, and hopes to have the building and landscaping finished this summer.  For more information, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-3015.
 
MSCR, a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, is the public recreation department and provides a variety of recreation programs for all ages. Go towww.mscr.org for more information.

 

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