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Entries in Anna Rounaja (4)


Spectacular IHRSA 2014 all around

The numbers are in, and they look mighty nice: 11,000+ industry professionals; 7,000+ convention and trade show attendees; 81 countries represented; and 372 trade show exhibitors.

Of course this was what we have announced as the final tally from IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, held March 12-15 in San Diego.

Everyone involved in putting it together, sponsors and advertisers, and attendees had a wonderful time and felt it was one of the best, if not the best, in 33 years.

Click here for a full IHRSA 2014 recap.

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Autistic, hyperactive children benefit from club's recycling of squash balls

Use squash balls are being used for a 'calming blanket'.There is nothing better than when an idea goes way beyond your expectations. That was the case for Anna Rounaja, owner of Liikuntakeskus Hukka in Oulu, Finland, on many levels.

Rounaja was looking to recycle old squash balls from her club and by using social media, ideas from her members and help from the community, the idea that she ended up going with will aid families that have hyperactive and autistic children.

“It makes you feel good that you were part of something that helps those who are in need,” she said during a phone interview. “Yeah, the (entire process) was a great thing for the club and the community.”

Read on to see how the idea was created and carried out.

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International attendees will have plenty to choose from at IHRSA 2014

IHRSA doesn’t include “International” in the title of its biggest and best show for nothing. 

The offerings and events at IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show for those not from the United States – more than 2,300 from 84 countries in 2013 – are the reasons the numbers continue to rise each year.

Those coming to the IHRSA 2014, in San Diego from March 12-15, will see more events, more translations and more countrymen than every before.

For IHRSA 2014 new offerings, translations and more, read on.

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Sixth generation business has Liikuntakeskus Hukka going strong in Finland

The nice thing about Liikuntakeskus Hukka, a club in Finland that will soon be celebrating 40 years, is you can trust it will be around for a long time. 

The Rounaja family, who own the club, has had a variety of businesses for the past six generations, covering 250 years. The longest was a bookstore for 225 years, with others being a print house, horse taxi, salmon smoking and real estate. 

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