Physical activity is slowly fading for our children. They sit for the majority of the time while at school, and end up doing the same at home. As a sports coach, my goal is to get the students moving and motivated to test their limits and to learn about their favorite sports in a competitive setting. I want to instill in them a desire to move and play physically for good health.
I teach in a high poverty area.
Most of our students have parents that are both working, or they live in a single parent home where it is not certain when they will see both of their parents at the same time. We also have many foster students at our school. The children enjoy learning new things and participating in new activities. For some, however, they cannot afford to be involved in extra curricular activities that require payment to be a participant. That means their only activity time occurs at school and through athletic programs after school.
My students love to play sports and are very competitive, but it is difficult to demonstrate a new sports module when our equipment is outdated and literally tearing at the seams.
Most students do not have the opportunity to purchase recreational supplies in order to learn how to play a sport. In sports, students are given the chance to learn a new sport or even advance their skills in said sport so that they can develop a life-long passion for physical fitness. The issue is that most athletic programs do not have enough equipment for each student to practice individually or even in groups. The time spent on having to wait in line to be able to take their turn to throw a ball or try to kick a goal can ultimately be the deciding factor in whether or not they stick with the sport in their sports career.
The solution seems simple, having more equipment will allow all students to be active for the majority of the time.
Currently, we have to double up to share equipment, but having a sufficient amount of soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, etc. will enable the students to build stronger bonds with their teammates and allow them to have more opportunity during practice to participate and learn the new skills needed to be successful in each sport.
My students will benefit from new equipment during their after school football, soccer, basketball practices. In order to have sufficient equipment for my students to use during their practices, we need these materials. Students are a member of an elite team of phenomenal athletes when involved in team sports, and they use teamwork and cooperation to successfully participate in activities. Not only are they being active in team sports, but they are learning valuable life skills that will be with them throughout their educational journey. Having sufficient equipment is critical in making this project a success!
|Baden Rubber Soccer Ball Size 5 • Nasco||$11.15||22||$245.30|
|Voit Rubber Football Official Size 5 • Nasco||$15.25||10||$152.50|
|Mikasa Outdoor Basketball Youth Size 5 2712 • Nasco||$8.95||15||$134.25|
|Spalding Advance VarsityFootball Official Size 5 NFHS • Nasco||$19.25||1||$19.25|
|1 Rubber Kickoff Tee • Nasco||$2.65||6||$15.90|
|Wilson NCAA MVP Official Size Basketball Mens Size 7 2912 • Nasco||$13.15||1||$13.15|
|Shield Charger Youth Mouth Guard without Strap Black • Nasco||$0.59||20||$11.80|
|IndoorOutdoor Throw Down Base Set White • Nasco||$10.85||1||$10.85|
|12 Neon Softouch IncrediBall Softball Synthetic Leather • Nasco||$0.84||12||$10.08|
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This classroom project was brought to life by Dick’s Sporting Goods and one other donor.