Each month, we will get to know an employee of the Naperville Park District. This month we talk with Brock Atwell, program manager for Naperville Park District's Recreation Department. Atwell manages youth sports programs including Naperville Youth Soccer, lacrosse and gymnastics.
1.How long have you worked at the Park District? I have been an employee of the Naperville Park District for 7 years
2.What is your favorite part of working at the Park District? I enjoy working in Naperville because the community is very supportive of the park district. An example of this can be seen within the Naperville Youth Soccer program. With over 4,250 participants per season or around 300 teams the need for volunteers is great. Every season approximately 1,000 selfless people dedicate their time to ensuring that the youth of Naperville have coaches, field assistants and liaisons. That number still amazes me after seven years.
3.What made you want to work at the Park District? The Naperville Park District is one of the best in the state. Because of the diversity of the community and the large number of residents, the Naperville Park District is able to offer far more recreational activities than many other park districts. My area of responsibility is youth athletics. It’s great to be able to offer everything from soccer to cricket to Ultimate Frisbee.
4.What new Park District activity are you most excited about? I’m excited about the future of the Naperville Premier Soccer League, which we started a few years ago. This program has met a need for a more competitive environment for players without the commitment and expense of travel soccer. In less than five years the league has grown to more than 100 teams.
5.What is your favorite time of year with the Park District? I enjoy the spring and fall seasons when we see a large number of youth participating in athletics. Obesity continues to be a growing epidemic. When you look at the number of youth participating in physical activity it’s hard to believe that obesity is a problem in Naperville.
6.What is your favorite thing about Naperville? I enjoy the fact that there is something for everyone in Naperville. It doesn’t matter what your age is or what your interests are, Naperville has something for you.