My students are 14-20 years old. They are single parents, immigrants, workers, and many times those students that others have given up on. My students are wonderful, kind, and courageous. They have big hearts and bigger challenges. They attend our alternative education center in order to improve their lives and those of their families, often their children.
My students often have familial responsibilities disproportionate to their ages including their own children, younger siblings, illnesses without proper medical care, elderly family members, and underemployment.
My students personify generational poverty. And yet, they want to make a difference in our world and to help others to make a difference as well. Despite carrying adult sized burdens.
Fitness, teamwork, and athletic skill are areas that our students struggle with and need expanded exercise opportunities to fill this deficit. Our obstacle course and skill practice activities will help our students to demonstrate skills in variety of physical activities and sports, enhance physical fitness, and improve their teamwork skills. All of these skills will help our students to better participate and compete on our basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams. In addition, their "teamwork skills (will) not only strengthen the individual players on the field, but (will) directly translate to important skills in other parts of their lives" (Tom Bowen, 2017)
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