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Entries in Rhode Island (2)


Family affair at Fore Court Racquet & Fitness

What does it take to successfully operate a tennis and health club for 40 years?

A good facility, great programs, excellent service, and, oh, yes, a 30-year membership in IHRSA doesn’t hurt either.

In 1973, the late Maurice “Moe” Morin, driven by a vision to create a tennis facility that catered to the needs of the entire community, founded the Fore Court Racquet and Fitness Club, Inc., an eight-court club in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Acutely aware of the benefits of “success by association”—specifically, the resources offered by professional industry organizations—he promptly joined the New England Lawn Tennis Association (NELTA), the New England Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (NEHRSA), and, in 1983, IHRSA.

Neither he nor his heirs have ever had occasion to second-guess either his vision or his decision.

Read on to see the entire story on Fore Court Racquet & Fitness.


Rhode Island introduces wellness program incentives bill

Last week, legislation was introduced in the Rhode Island legislature that proposes a financial incentive for employers to provide a worksite wellness program.

Introduced by state Rep. Mia Ackerman (Cumberland and Lincoln), House Bill 7320 would create a tax credit for a quarter of the cost a small business incurs for implementing a qualifying wellness program. What constitutes a "qualifying wellness program" is not spelled out in HB 7320, but is instead left up to state regulators if the bill becomes law.

IHRSA defends the industry by preventing states from imposing harmful restrictions on membership contracts, restricting access to qualified personal trainers and taxing club dues and services.

IHRSA also works to promote clubs by supporting legislation that would create incentives for more people to become physically active and join their local health club.

Read more on this and more on the IHRSA members-only Rhode Island Legislative page.