It's hard enough to keep your kids active during the summer months as it is, but for parents who work full time and struggle to make ends meet it's even harder. That's why the Boys and Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids is stepping up to help those kids whose parents can't afford it.
"It's really fun and it gets you active and moving," nine-year-old Kain told NewsChannel 7 about the Sports Camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids.
He's one of more than one-hundred kids who participated in the day-long camp.
"A lot of our kids they're either with single parent families or don't have a parent at home so transportation can be an issue. Income can be an issue." Development Director Jill Kurszewski explained. "So kids don't have that chance to play an organized sport. So we really wanted to bring the sports to them."
They sure did, offering the kids lessons in everything from soccer and football to hokey.
John Egge is a hockey coach at Lincoln High School and a trainer for the Wisconsin Rapids River Kings. He and some of his player volunteered their time to help teach the kids some hockey skills.
"They like giving back. That's kind of a big part of what they do and they knew how important it was when they were young that they had coaches come along, teach them the basics and maybe that's how they got involved in the first place," Egge said.
No offense to Egge, but Kain's heart belongs to baseball.
"I figured it would be kind of fun to do baseball because I'm going to be doing baseball this year," he beamed.
Regardless of whether you prefer baseball or hockey, Kurszewski says the take-away is the same.
"We're teaching kids about nutrition, being active, how to have a positive self-image and this sports camp is just an addition to that to help them kind of take those lessons to heart and use it while they're playing sports."
The camp was made possible by a $10,000 grant from Security Health Plan. Kids have to belong to the Boys and Girls Club to participate in the camp, but a year long membership will only cost you $10.
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