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Local Youth Sports News

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North Carolina ranks 5th highest in the country in childhood obesity. Adults in the state don’t fare much better, ranking 17th. The health ramifications of the problem are enormous – and costly. Certain forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke have been found to be related to obesity. As a result, health care costs are skyrocketing. If the trend toward unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise continue, the life expectancy of our children’s generation will be shorter than our own. Even closer to home, according to the Get Healthy Guilford website, 44% of elementary students, 29% of middle school students, and 30% of high school students in Guilford County are either overweight or obese. 60% of adults in the county fall into these categories. These are alarming numbers and the reason that Get Healthy Guilford was formed. Get Healthy Guilford is a coalition of Guilford County organizations and businesses that was created in 2007. In its own words, “The mission of the Get Healthy Guilford Coalition is to reduce and prevent obesity and related illnesses by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. The coalition promotes a culture and environment that supports both individual and community efforts to eat smart, move more, and safely achieve a healthy weight. The vision of Get Healthy Guilford is healthy people making healthy lifestyle choices.” The solution to the obesity problem is not a simple one. Government, community, and business leaders must understand a myriad of complex social, environmental, and cultural forces that lead to obesity and take bold steps to combat the problems. Over 100 individuals from more than 50 different organizations are involved with Get Healthy Guilford, providing a variety of programs to promote healthy lifestyles. One major initiative is the Get Healthy Guilford Challenge. You can learn about the program on page 10 of this issue. Get Healthy Guilford also has several other programs geared toward kids. One example is GO FAR. The GO FAR program, also in this issue, promotes exercise for kids through its running clubs. If you’re looking for healthy diet alternatives, we even have some healthy kids recipes on page 10. Sports and recreational activities are not only great exercise but are fun, too! By participating in sports, kids develop active and healthy lifestyle habits that benefit them throughout their lives. Our area has many available programs to support active lifestyles for kids. Camps, leagues, and various sports programs are available throughout the area. Visit the SportsKidsPlay® website at www.sportskidsplay. com under sports links to find contact information for a variety of youth sport options. Play hard, eat right, and have fun!


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The YMCA Deacons, a team 10 and 11-year-olds from the Spears YMCA, got to experience the thrill of playing in front of a big crowd when they scrimmaged at halftime of the UNCG men’s basketball game vs Chattanooga on January 22nd. Coach Curt Parmer’s squad provided non-stop action as the crowd of UNCG students and fans cheered them on. In addition to the halftime show, the young Deacons enjoyed a great game as the UNCG Spartans battled Chattanooga. Though the Spartans came up a little short, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the YMCA boys who thoroughly enjoyed the exciting experience. Thank you to the UNCG athletic department for showing the boys such a great time. GO SPARTANS!!


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TEAMS On February 19th, the Oak Ridge Youth Association (ORYA) partnered with UNCG athletics to provide a memorable night for sixteen 7 and 8 year-olds who played during halftime of the UNCG/Appalachian State Game. The game was organized by Jamie Pagano and Marty Young of Oak Ridge and supported by the UNCG Athletic Department. Each Player received a tee shirts and an autographed poster from Coach Mike Dement. Thank you UNCG!

OAK RIDGE BASKETBALL Bottom: Jeff Bercaw, Connor Young, Nicholas Decker, Kyle Young, Alan Jin, Christopher Young, Christopher Decker and Tyler Miller Top: Frankie Tamborino, Grey Bellenkes, Johnny Pagano, Stevie Holland, Andrew Matherly, Hailey Church, Kevin Lutz and Robbie Boulton

The ‘94 Guilford United Futbol Club Courage White won 1st and 2nd place in the U-13/14 bracket with their split team in the inaugural 2008-09 Winter Indoor Soccer Season at Proehlific Park. Front: Jordan Tweedy, Payton Lee, Sydney Franklin, Emma Stansell, Mary Fiske, Madison Daly, Katherine Beck. Back: Owner Ricky Proehl, Meredith Gillespie, Jessica Moorefield, Brooke Tweedy, Katelyn Kennedy, Samantha Taylordean, Austin Vass, Grayson Kincaid, Rachel Baylor, Covey Clunan and Coach Mike Kennedy. Not pictured, guest player Katie Sessoms.



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Sugar and Spice Bruises and Ice

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Carrie Ganim and Meghan Speckman are always ready to play. Whether they’re suiting up for their travel basketball teams or running the court as the only girls in the Spears YMCA challenge league, Carrie and Meghan come to play! Classmates at Caldwell Academy, Carrie and Meghan are also very good friends. While they don’t agree on everything (Carrie loves pizza while Meghan prefers ribs), they do have a lot in common. One common bond is their love for basketball. Carrie plays for the Lady Gaters and Meghan for the Lady Phoenix. Both girls have won championships with their travel teams. They’ve even played against one another on occasion. But this year they teamed up as the only girls in the Spears 10 and 11-year-old challenge league and more than held their own. While the girls enjoy playing for their travel teams, they feel that the competition with the boys helps them improve their game. Asked which is rougher, Carrie wasn’t sure. “I don’t know, that’s a tough one,” she said. According to Meghan it’s “probably the girls. We get more fouls.” Both girls agreed that they get no special treatment from the

Carrie Ganim Sport: Basketball

Age: 10 School: Caldwell Academy Favorite Coach: Ray Kargo Favorite Pro Team: Dallas Cowboys Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Movie: Get Smart Favorite Music: Pop Favorite Subject: History Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Shoemaker Favorite Book: Long Shot for Paul Favorite Pet: Every kind Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Achievement: Winning an AAU Championship in Roanoke Other interests: Golf and playing outside

boys. After seeing them play, you can see why. Both are cat-quick and among the better ballhandlers in the league. The boys learn quickly not to let their guard down against these scrappy guards. They’re more than willing to dive on the floor for loose balls, battle the big boys for rebounds and do whatever it takes to win. While they’ve gotten their share of bumps and bruises along the way, they’ve dished out a few, as well. What sets them apart from most 10-year-olds are their ball handling skills. Both girls have played since kindergarten and have continued to improve along the way. Carrie credits the Wes Miller Camp, Coach Kargo, and Coach Tony with teaching her how to play the game. Meghan can’t remember exactly how she fine-tuned her game, “I don’t know. I just learned. I guess my dad helped me.” Wherever they learned to play, they learned well. Both girls hope to continue playing basketball in middle school and high school, and eventually in college. With the way these girls play the game, there’s no telling how far they can go. Keep an eye out for these two during the next few years.

Meghan Speckman Sport: Basketball and Golf Age: 10 School: Caldwell Academy Favorite Coach: Chris Hicks Favorite Pro Team: Miami Heat Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Movie: Get Smart Favorite Music: Pop Favorite Subject: P.E. Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Shoemaker Favorite Book: Thunder from the Sea Favorite Pets: Dog Favorite Color: All blues Favorite Achievement: Winning first place in a tournament with the Phoenix Other interests: Hanging with friends, eating meat


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GO FAR is an acronym for Go Out For A Run. Robin Lindsay, a Physician Assistant (PA) and marathon runner came up with the idea in 2003. Through her daily work with young adults at High Point University, Robin became keenly aware of childhood obesity and its associated problems. The young adults that she observed and evaluated were already showing signs and symptoms of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems and depression. Robin decided to do something about it. As a long distance runner, Lindsay understood the importance of setting goals, maintaining self-discipline, and eating healthy. She also understood the importance of teaching children proper exercise and eating habits early in life so that they will continue these healthy practices into adulthood. With the help of a graduate student, Lindsay began developing a youth fitness program. The result was GO FAR. GO FAR is a comprehensive fitness program for children which promotes physical activity, healthy eating and good character. The goal of the GO FAR program is to empower children to make healthy lifestyle choices that they may integrate and sustain throughout their entire life. Additionally, GO FAR teaches children to set and reach goals and complete a 5K road race. “What I love about GO FAR and the GO FAR 5K event is to see all the kids out participating with their families, friends, teachers and in some cases the principal from their school. There is no other athletic event quite like this. The camaraderie and energy on the morning of the 5K event is amazing,” according to Lindsay.


The GO FAR program, which began with 16 children in a single school, has grown to reach over 1000 children annually in 21 schools, churches, parks and recreation departments, and other facilities. Guilford County Schools currently involved in the program include Colfax Elementary, Ferndale Middle School, Northern Elementary, Florence Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Millis Road Elementary, Pierce Elementary, Moorehead Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary, and BNai’ Shalom Day School. Lindsay is hoping to expand GO FAR throughout North Carolina and United States with the help of physical education teachers and other volunteers. The GO FAR program is organized by daily lesson plans that are easy for leaders and children to follow. Kids love being involved in GO FAR. They make new friends, feel good about themselves, learn about fitness and nutrition and have a lot of fun. But the benefits of GO FAR extend beyond the kids. As parents and teachers become involved in GO FAR, they learn that exercise and proper nutrition are important for the entire family. Parents, brothers, and sisters are encouraged to participate and the program has earned glowing testimonials. According to one father, “…I started training with Timmy and both of us proudly finished our first 5K. Timmy felt great about his endeavor and I found the ingredient that was missing to help me gain a healthier lifestyle. I never stopped running since that first GO FAR race and have constantly set higher goals for myself. GO FAR has been a tremendous life changing and positive force in my life and has helped Timmy become a more confident and conditioned athlete. It is a program that should be in every school.” If your school, church, or camp is interested in learning more about starting a GO FAR program, you may visit the GO FAR website at or send an e-mail to



GO FAR partners with NC MARATHON GO FAR is excited to announce that it has partnered with the United Healthcare NC Marathon. The GO FAR 5K event takes place on May 2, 2009 in downtown High Point. The event is for children as well as their parents, siblings, teachers and principals. GO FAR encourages everyone to get active and healthy and have some fun in the process! For more information check out the NC United Healthcare Marathon web site at

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Kids learn football fundamentals at the

Guilford College Football Camp Inline Speed Skating Clinic Skateland USA located at 200 Coach Trail will host an Inline Speed Skating Clinic on Saturday, March 28. The Clinic will be conducted by World Team members Harry Vogel and Hank Galbraith. Registration for the clinic begins at 4:45 the day of the clinic. This is the first of a series of clinics that cover dry land exercises, skating drills, and starts. It is recommended that you be able to skate on inlines for this clinic. Please bring helmet, skates, and tennis shoes. Rink rental skates are available if needed. You will also have the opportunity to have your equipment checked or to order new equipment. For more information, call 855-1669.

Guilford College football coach Kevin Kiesel believes that the best way to learn football is without pads. “If the kids are wearing pads, they’re only thinking about hitting and not about learning technique.” Coach Kiesel uses the camp experience to educate young players from age 7 to 15 about the sport and to prepare them to play the game, whether they’re planning to play youth league, middle school, or high school football. The camp is “perfect for someone learning to play for the first time, at whatever level.” The football camp is in its fourth year and this year should be better than ever! The five day camp is on the campus of Guilford College and is broken down into morning and afternoon sessions. Kids are divided into age groups and do agility and running drills. During the morning session, campers are taught offensive skill and go through a circuit where

they are able to play every position. In the afternoon session the emphasis is on defense, and campers learn proper positioning and tackling techniques. The kids have a lot of fun, too! Between sessions the campers can swim in the Guilford College pool and at the end of the day they divide up into teams for touch football games. The camp even provides T-shirts and snacks twice a day. Campers get a chance to meet Guilford College players, too. It has become a tradition for Guilford College players to join the campers on the opening Sunday; players also show up from time to time during the week. The kids can even see their favorite Guilford College players in action; kids wearing their T-shirts get into all Guilford College football games FREE! If you’re interested in learning more about the football camp, contact Coach Kiesel at 336-316-2159.

Team Play Football Camps - learn football skills and more... Team Play Football Camp is a youth outreach program for ages 12-14 that develops and enhances athletic skills, personal development skills, and interpersonal skills. The sports camps are part of the Positive Direction for Youth and Family program sponsored by the Evangel Fellowship Church of Greensboro and the Triad Christian Center of High Point. Alan Hooker, former North Carolina A&T quarterback and athletic director at Veritas Sports Academy, is the camp director.

Participants will learn teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship skills in addition to football fundamentals. Along with its emphasis on character development, the camp conducts various drills to prepare the young men to play football. Drills are designed to improve strength, flexibility and speed in addition to developing footwork, hand-eye coordination, and endurance. Position drills will expose every player to the skills and techniques for each offensive and defensive position.

The camp will run three days a week for three weeks from March 23rd through April 9th. Registration deadline is March 15th. During some sessions visiting trainers will be on hand to provide overall health and fitness advice. Special guest appearances are also planned. For more information on the Team Play Camp programs, contact Alan Hooker at (336) 587-6356.

Spring Youth Football Proehlific Park indoor program slated for 2010

Proehlific Park plans to delay introduction of its Spring Youth Indoor Football until Spring 2010. Originally slated to begin this spring, the introduction has been moved out due to timing conflicts. Though there is a high level of interest in spring youth football, by the time announcement of the program was made, many families had already committed to other spring sports programs. By delaying the program until next spring, organizers will have time to acquire the equipment necessary to field three Proehlific Park teams and to attract other established teams from Greensboro and the Triad area. Dale Glossenger is president and director of football operations for the Indoor Youth Football Alliance (IYFA). Games will be played at Ricky Proehl’s state of the art youth sports facility, Proehlific Park. The football program is independent and has no affiliation with any other program or league. There will be three division: Division 1 for ages 9-10, Division 2 for ages 11-12, and Division 3 for ages 13-14. To allow greater participation, there will be no weight limits except for quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. For more information on the program, please visit the IYFA website at or call Dale Glossenger at 336-460-4344.

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Pop Warner Football and Cheer coming to Greensboro

A new Pop Warner organization, the Greensboro Giants Football and Cheerleading Association is being formed and plans to compete next fall. Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world. Consisting of approximately 400,000 young people ranging from 5 to 16 years old, PWLS is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the United States.

As a member of the Greensboro Giants Football and Cheerleading Association, children will compete against the best talent the Triad and surrounding areas have to offer. In addition to eight regular season games, teams will have an opportunity to compete for a regional title, and a National Championship played in Orlando Florida at the Walt Disney World Sports Complex. For more information on the program please go to or send emails


Lourdes Ros - 2008 Female Player of the Year The North Carolina Tennis Association named Lourdes Ros as a recipient of the 2008 High School Female Tennis Player of the Year award. This award recognizes the high school player (either public or private high school) who has achieved a level of excellence by reaching conference, regional or sectional play in either singles or doubles. This player has also demonstrated the most outstanding full season performance including character, sportsmanship and tennis ability. Lourdes was recognized during the Annual Awards Luncheon as part of North Carolina’s 2009 Tennis Weekend. Lourdes has an excellent record in high school play: 60-0. She stands undefeated for the last 2 years at Western Guilford. She ended 2008 with a


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Area schools participate in Healthy Recipes For Childhood Obesity Challenge

Eat Smart, Move More, and Get Healthy! The Get Healthy Guilford Childhood Obesity Challenge began February 2 and runs through April 5. The Challenge promotes eating smart and moving more in order to help children and youth reduce and prevent obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Teachers can register their classes as a group, report their participation, and be eligible to win great prizes for the whole class. Schools can win prizes based on the total number of classes that participate. Individuals and families can register and will be eligible to win prizes by lottery, just by taking the challenge. Prizes include mini-grants to be used for PE equipment or health and wellness functions, wellness workshops for staff, grantwriting assistance, and gift certificates for sportswear and nutritious foods Leslie Armeniox, the Director of Get

Healthy Guilford, told us that: “So far, many schools and individuals have taken the challenge and it’s not too late for more schools, classes and families to join us. We’d love to see the whole community get behind our efforts to fight childhood obesity in Guilford County. We are challenging all adults who care about children to lead by example.” To take the Challenge, just register at www., sign up for the challenge, and report the number of days per week that you eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables and get at least one hour of vigorous physical activity (30 minutes most days for adults). Registration is open to all, any time before April 5. Prize winners will be announced at Healthy Kids Day on April 18th. Tips and tools are available at www. or by calling 336478-9622. The mission of the Get Healthy Guilford Coalition is to reduce and prevent obesity and obesity-related illnesses by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. The coalition promotes a culture and environment that supports both individual and community efforts to eat smart, move more, and safely achieve a healthy weight. The vision of Get Healthy Guilford is Healthy people making Healthy Lifestyle choices.

Here are some recipes that use fruits and veggies in ways you may not have though try different combinations. Remember, just because a food or recipe does not appea be surprised what children will actually eat when given a chance. Children are more making them, so let them help you out. Give them some responsibility in the kitchen

Apple Yogurt Trifle Serves 4 Green apple and cherry yogurt create ribbons of lovely color in this wholesome snack. 1 Granny Apple, cored and finely chopped 2 8-oz containers of low fat cherry yogurt 10 Tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal Evenly divide half of the chopped apple pieces among four parfait dishes or tall glasses. Divide yogurt from one 8-oz. container among dishes. Add 2 Tablespoons of cereal to each trifle, then top with layers of remaining yogurt, chopped apple and sprinkle cereal on top. Refrigerate at least 15-20 minutes before serving to allow cereal to soften slightly. 210 calories; 7 grams of protein; 1 gram of fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 44 grams of carbohydrates, 186 mg sodium

Sweet Potato Pancakes 6 cups peeled and finely shredded sweet potatoes 1 cup finely shredded onions 1 cup raisins 1 2/3 cup unbleached flour 1/3 cup ground cinnamon 1/3 cup sugar ¼ cup lemon juice 1 ½ cup egg substitute 6 tsp. canola oil

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except oil. Preheat pan with oil. Drop a spoonful of batter in frying pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Repeat until all batter is used. Makes 8 servings.

Strawberry dressing ½ cup buttermilk 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced 2 tsp. honey ¼ tsp. allspice In a blender, combine all ingredients. Cover and blend until smooth. Spoon dressing over salad and serve.

Frozen Fruit Bars 2 cups strawberries 1 tablespoon sugar (optional) 1 tsp. lemon juice Puree fruit in blender, adding a tablespoon or two of water if needed. Add sugar if desired and lemon juice. Blend. Pour into small cups and insert sticks. Freeze until solid.

Cherry Salsa This recipe is great to serve over grilled chicken breasts of fish fillets, if you want something different than chips and salsa. ½ lb. dark sweet cherries, pitted and chopped 1 tbsp. lime juice ¼ cup cherry preserves 1 tbsp. minced red onion

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Kids To Try


Children and Nutrition

by Nicole Henigin, MPH, CC

ht of. Don’t be afraid to experiment with foods and al to you, doesn’t mean a child won’t like it. You’ll e likely to try new foods when they are involved in en. Even the smallest child can help. Happy dining! 1 tsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and stir to blend. Cover and chill 1-2 hours to blend flavors.

Cucumber Salsa I haven’t met one child that doesn’t like cucumbers, but I am sure they are out there! Serve this salsa with grilled fish or with taco chips for dipping. 1 cup sour cream 1 cup plain lowfat yogurt ¼ cup chopped parsley ¼ cup chopped cilantro 1 tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. salt 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Cover and chill 1-2 hours to blend flavors.

Butternut apple soup 4 1 1 1

cups butternut squash, cooked cup milk cup applesauce tablespoon butter or margarine

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Adjust the amount of milk if you want a smoother soup. 65 calories, 12 grams carbohydrates, 1.5 grams protein, 2.5 grams fiber


Strawberry Salsa 2 cups chopped strawberries 1 nectarine, chopped 3 Tbsp. chopped green onions 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro ¼ cup strawberry jam 2 tbsp. lime juice ¼ tsp. salt Dash white pepper Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Chill and cover for 1-2 hours to blend flavors. Serve as sauce for grilled chicken, fish, turkey or as a dip with taco chips.

Kids love to paint and get messy! Give them a chance to do some artwork using edible finger paints. Here are two EASY recipes:

Pudding paint Instant vanilla pudding and food coloring

Jello Fingerpaint Flavored jello Boiling water Mix jello in the water until gooey.

Thank you to Nicole Henigin for these delicious and healthy recipes!

Kids don’t ask for fruit loops. Kids are more likely to try different foods if they are around their peers. Introduce foods, especially veggies and fruits, to them at social gatherings. If their best friend likes something, they will at least try it. If not, so what? Kids will eat what’s available to themthey will not go hungry. This I tested in a high school lunch room. We replaced French fries with corn and even though the kids asked where the fries were, they took the corn. The cafeteria used up 20 pounds of corn during lunch. You can’t expect kids to try foods if you make their choices for them. Adults and

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parents have to let children make their own food choices. Just because you don’t like a certain food, doesn’t mean a child won’t. Kids love to cook and experiment with foods. They are very curious. When I ran a fruit and veggie grant in a rural school, kids signed up for my nutritious cooking after school program, demanded more fruits and veggies and one boy absolutely LOVED figs! When you talk about fruits and veggies and introduce them in fun ways, kids will be more likely to try them. If the child does not eat apples one time, it doesn’t mean they don’t like apples. Many times, a food has to be re-introduced to a child 12-20 times before they decide they like it. I never liked green beans, but I like them in green bean casseroles. And I like prefer them fresh versus canned. Kids love to eat what they make. When they learn about foods and help prepare them, they develop a sense of appreciation for the food. They know what it looks like, tastes like and they know if they like it or not. No one likes to be told what to do or what to eat, not even adults. Don’t make meal times a power struggle with children. Negotiate with them, help them make healthier choices by giving them information and let them help grocery shop with you! Kids depend on us, as role models, to help them make good choices. I encourage everyone to add some color to the child’s meal plate - with fruits and veggies. You will be glad you did.

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Curly Neal

Curly Neal jersey retirement photos courtesy of David Saffran/MSG Photos.

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When area basketball fans and their kids go to see the Harlem Globetrotters play at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 22nd, they may feel a special connection to the team. One of the most famous Globetrotters of all time, Curly Neal, is a Greensboro native who learned his basketball skills right here in our city. (See the Local Sports Legends story on the right.) Though he’s been on the sidelines for over twenty years, Curly Neal remains one of the most widely recognized Globetrotters of all time and is still associated with the Globetrotters in a public relations role. Last year, he was honored in a special ceremony at New York’s Madison Square Garden when his number 22 jersey was retired and lifted the rafters! He is pictured above and on the inside cover in photos commemorating that event. Curly Neal became only the fifth Harlem Globetrotter ever to have his number retired! Thank you for bringing joy, laughter, and amazement to millions of fans around the world and for making your hometown fans proud!

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Harlem Globetrotter

Curly Neal

He was Fred Neal as a kid playing basketball with his friends at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA gym on Market Street. The skills that he developed in those early days would later catapult him to international fame and make him a hero to millions of fans around the world. “I grew up playing at the YMCA,” Neal said. Asked if he did ball tricks as a kid, Neal replied, “No, I put the ball in the basket. That was my trick. I didn’t know how to do any of that stuff when I joined the Globetrotters but I was always a good ballhandler - behind the back and between the legs.” Neal was a natural athlete and played all sports but baseball was his first love. “I played second base but could play any position.” He was still Fred Neal when he quarterbacked the football team and played basketball for James B. Dudley High School in the late 1950’s. In high school, Neal teamed up with some great players,

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guys like Melvin Johnson, but graduated before future pro hall-of-famers and fellow Dudley players Lou Hudson and Charlie Sanders came along. Neal remembered playing against many outstanding players in high school, including Walt Belamy of New Bern who later became an NBA star. After his high school days Fred Neal took his game to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte where he averaged over 23 points per game during his career and led his team to the CIAA title his senior year. He earned ALL-CIAA honors playing in a conference that produced legendary players like Al Attles and Earl “the Pearl” Monroe. Neal also played against the great Cleo Hill of WinstonSalem State as a college player. After a brilliant college career Neal was courted by several NBA teams but then received a red, white, and blue letter from Abe Saperstein inviting him to try out for the Harlem Globetrotters. “I always wanted to play professional ball. That was before the NBA paid big time money.” Only five players were chosen from 125 guys at the tryout and Fred Neal was one of them. Soon Fred became “Curly.” Neal had sported a shaved head since he was twelve years old – all through junior high, high school, and college. Globetrotter coach Bobby Milton coined the nickname “Curly” and it stuck. The rest is history. During a magical playing career spanning 22 years, Curly Neal became a household name while traveling the globe. “We opened the door for the NBA. The Globetrotters were the only professional team playing

in Europe at the time. I got a lot of education traveling.” From 1963 to 1985, Curly Neal played in over 6,000 games in 97 countries! Curly Neal became the most famous dribbler and shooter in the world. With his signature shaved head and ever-present smile, Curly Neal entertained millions of fans with amazing trick dribbling and incredible long-range shooting. He once made three half court shots in a row on a televised half-time show hosted by Howard Cosell! With his courtside antics and incredible skills, Curly Neal became one of the most recognizable Globetrotters of all time. For over 80 years the Harlem Globetrotters have toured the world entertaining and bringing smiles to the faces of over 125 million fans. Throughout this long and rich history the Globetrotters had retired the jerseys of only four players: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Meadowlark Lemon (36), Marques Haynes (20), and Goose Tatum (50). On Feb. 15, 2008, Curly became just the fifth Globetrotter to have his number retired, when his number 22 was lifted to the rafters during a special ceremony at New York’s Madison Square Garden. At the ceremony Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said this about Curly Neal, “Curly Neal represents the purity of sport and everything that is great about the Globetrotters and the game of basketball. He helped build this organization into a worldwide phenomenon, and we are proud to bestow this honor upon him. He truly personifies wholesome family entertainment and elicits fond memories for millions of fans around the world.” During Curly’s career the Globetrotter’s organization grew to the peak of its popularity. The barnstorming troupe became familiar faces on network television. Curly and his Globetrotter teammates appeared on several popular television

programs and specials, including “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine,” and “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.” Younger audiences may recognize Curly’s name from “The Harlem Globetrotters” cartoon series and later on episodes of “Scooby Doo.” Curly Neal is still a Globetrotter. Today he travels extensively as a good-will ambassador for the Trotters, doing public relations and promotional work. From his early boyhood days at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA in Greensboro, Fred Neal joined fellow Dudley High School graduates Lou Hudson (NBA Hall of Fame) and Charlie Sanders (NFL Hall of Fame) in reaching the pinnacle of their professions. The Hayes-Taylor YMCA honored its most famous member a few years ago in a ceremony. His picture now hangs in a place of honor at Hayes-Taylor along with a mural in the gym where he learned the game. “It was a real nice event. They invited my wife and daughter to join me,” he proudly noted. In addition to his induction into the Globetrotters Hall-of-Fame, Curly Neal is also a member of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. One of the greatest shooters and ballhandlers in the history of the sport, Curly Neal is a true Sports Legend!

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Summer Camps: A YMCA Tradition by Rob Goodman The YMCA of Greensboro, celebrating its 120th birthday this year, is doing its part to help Greensboro-area families keep their children healthy. For more than a century, this pillar of the Greensboro community has facilitated healthy lifestyles for its members through exercise and general health. The 2009 version of the YMCA’s Get Healthy Guilford program is an instructional promotion designed to help Guilford County children learn that making good health choices now will make them healthier adults in the future. The promotion shares the many benefits of staying in good health by exercising regularly and making intelligent eating decisions.

One of the legends of Camp Weaver was Frank Casper, an extremely popular coach from both the downtown YMCA branch and Camp Weaver. Known for the legendary ghost stories he told, Casper, who died in 1977, served as substitute father for many Greensboro boys, and an important role model whose influence will last throughout their lifetime. The main building at the camp is Frank Casper Hall, named in honor and memory of the legendary coach. Today, Camp Weaver offers multiple summer camps, including a day and overnight camps - as well as camps focusing on horseback riding and teen leadership. Many activities are perfect for

Get Healthy Guilford is just one of many ways in which the YMCA of Greensboro is helping fight the war on childhood obesity. Central to the program is promoting a culture and environment that supports both individual and community efforts to eat smart, move more and safely achieve a healthy weight. Greensboro children can choose from many different ways of being fit at the YMCA branches and Camp Weaver, one of numerous YMCA camps nationwide, with roots located deep in YMCA history. In 1885, the YMCA started America’s firstknown summer-camp program when Sumner Dudley, a YMCA volunteer from New Jersey, took seven boys for a week of camping at Orange Lake near Newburgh, NY. Dudley would later be called the “Father of YMCA Camping.” In 1908, Dudley founded Camp Dudley, located on the shores of Lake Champlain in upstate New York; it was America’s first permanent resident camp. The camp was set up to provide “healthful recreation without temptation, the gratification of the natural desire for a free and easy life outdoors together with the cultivation of a manly Christian character.” That philosophy was applied locally at Camp Weaver, but the camp had a different name and location early in its history. In the 1930s, Camp Weaver was actually Camp NaWakWa in Randleman. The camp burned down in the 1950s and was replaced by the Triangle Y Camp, which later became Camp Weaver, just east of Greensboro. The camp is named after Herman Weaver, founder of Greensboro’s Weaver Construction and the Weaver Foundation, and a major supporter of both the YMCA and Camp Weaver.

promoting a healthy lifestyle for our children. Activities offered at the camp include various sports, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, hiking and climbing. The camp also features a skateboard park and a ropes course. “At Camp Weaver, we believe in teaching a healthy lifestyle rather than providing a specialty experience,” Camp Weaver Executive Director Jamie Cosson said. “We teach kids that being outdoors is much more fun than being indoors. We don’t have video games or televisions here, so campers spend most of their time outdoors. Camp Weaver is about 100 acres, and the kids walk everywhere they go. We concentrate on fitness and a healthy diet. Overnight campers eat all their meals with us; our diets focus on overall nutrition. Since the kids walk everywhere they go, they get plenty of exercise before they even begin an activity. It’s not just walking and swimming at the lake. Our activities are fun, so it’s indirect in that we make it fun and they get exercise along the way.” Camp Weaver will host three open houses during the spring so people can learn about the camp and see all it has to offer. The open houses are March 29, April 19 and May 3, all from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Camp Weaver is currently undergoing a major expansion, which should be completed this spring. Among the projects are doubling the size of the lake, building a 400-seat amphitheater, expanding the outdoor eating space, building additional cabins and planting many new trees. For more information about Camp Weaver, please visit For additional information about the YMCA of Greensboro and its branches, please visit


How To Increase Your Child’s

Motivation To Exercise by Jennifer Gapin “The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.” – John Wooden With the surge in video games, the internet, and an endless variety of TV programs, it is becoming more and more difficult to get children away from the screens, off their chairs and onto their feet! Despite the knowledge and awareness of the numerous physical benefits of participating in regular exercise, the majority of children continue to lead sedentary lifestyles and the number of overweight children has nearly tripled in the past few decades. It is estimated that nearly 50% of all children will be overweight or obese by 2010! Increasing participation in physical activity is a key factor in fighting the health complications associated with becoming overweight. The earlier children become introduced to exercise the more likely they are to maintain a physically active lifestyle as they get older. In the field of exercise psychology, one of the key factors in motivating children to be physically active is by enhancing what we call intrinsic motivation. A child is said to be intrinsically motivated when they participate in an activity for its own sake. In other words, he/she pursues the activity to either learn something new, obtain a sense of accomplishment, and/or experience the pleasant sensations of the activity. The potential result of children being intrinsically motivated is that they will be more likely to want to participate and will then become more actively involved on a regular basis. This sounds simple enough, but how do we make it possible?

7 Easy Tips for Increasing Motivation: 1 Make exercise fun! Focus on activities your child will enjoy. 2 Vary the choices. Switching from one activity to another can help reduce boredom and enhance motivation for trying something new. The goal is to just get your child moving; that could mean biking, skipping, jumping rope, or running.

3 Set mini-exercise goals based on self-improvement. Similarly, emphasize participation, not performance or comparison to peers. 4 Give your child a sense of control. Allow your child to make some choices about the activities he/she wants to engage in. Involvement in the decision making process will lead to a more enjoyable exercise experience.

5 Offer verbal encouragement. Exercise psychology research demonstrates that positive encouragement and praise can enhance self-esteem and reinforce the desire to exercise. 6 Be active yourself. Children are strongly influenced by significant others in their lives and most parents are unaware of the benefits of helping their children recognize the importance of exercise. Research shows that children of parents who are regularly physically active are more fit than other children. By engaging in a regular exercise regimen your child will see the value, importance, and enjoyment of physical activity. Take a regular after-dinner family walk or go for a weekend hike on some nearby trails. 7 Schedule exercise time. For example, block off a 30 minute period of time every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and write it in your planner just like you do for other appointments. This prevents you from planning other activities during that time. In general, be careful about offering extrinsic rewards such as toys, games, or money to get your children involved in exercise. Sometimes children come to expect this reward every time they do the activity, and therefore may not choose to be physically active when you are not around. They become so focused on achieving the extrinsic reward that they don’t see the all of the other great benefits of being active—having fun, learning new skills, being a part of a team, and making friends. The goal is to get kids to want to be active, rather than view exercise as a chore or job they “have” to do. Jennifer Gapin is a sport psychology consultant and a doctoral student in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Parents: Encourage Lifelong Fitness by Dan Henley As a parent who knows the value of organized youth sports, I encourage parents to allow their children to participate in the sport of their choice. But as one with a Health and Physical Education background, I’m concerned about the apparent lack of interest that many youth have in doing anything physically active except for their sport. What can parents do to encourage lifelong fitness and not just organized sport? I believe that organized youth sport is valuable and I’m glad that my own kids play soccer and swim, but I am concerned. Organized youth sport leagues seem to be growing by leaps and bounds and their benefits are many. At the same time it is well documented that the overall fitness of America’s youth over the past two decades has declined dramatically. Perhaps youth sports are not the only answer to helping our children become healthier and more active.

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Health professionals know that one of the major determinants to overall health is the adoption of lifelong interest in regular physical activity. But more and more kids are quitting organized sports and fully 70% drop out by age 13. Another concern is the increase in overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are now threatening to overtake traumatic injuries as the most common reason that young athletes see physicians for sports injuries. Children as young as eight years old now sustain overuse injuries. Factors that may influence these trends include:

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Involvement in youth sports at an increasingly younger age Increased emphasis on specialization in a specific sport at an increasingly early age Longer seasons with sports camps and encouragement of year round competition Higher achievement expectations by parents and coaches Young athletes who are pushing or being pushed to be like professional athletes Social and demographic trends that dictate how, when, and where our children play The current state of Physical Education (PE) in public and private school education

While youth sport has its problems, they cannot be blamed for the general predisposition toward inactivity of American youth. So what can be done? What can parents, coaches, educators and legislators do to encourage lifetime participation in physical activity? Perhaps the following can help all of us find solutions for the problems.

by Bill Martin My jumping goals are much more modest than those of Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks. Robinson, who is 5’9” is pictured here jumping over 6’11” Dwight Howard on his way to winning the NBA Slam Dunk contest. His feet must have been five feet off the ground! I’d be happy with half that. As I mentioned in the last issue, I’ve been working with John Meeks at the Greensboro Sportsplex to improve my vertical jump. I had

hoped to include a photo in this issue, similar to the one on the left, but of me. I’m not quite there yet, but I can now touch the rim - that feat is documented in video on John’s website. Thanks to John, I’m jumping more than six inches higher than I could in December! That still puts me below dunking range but I’m inching in the right direction. It hasn’t been easy. There have been a few setbacks, assorted minor injuries and aches and pains that have slowed my progress, but nothing serious. I’ve gone through a big bottle of Motrin and always have an ice pack handy but it’s a reasonable price to pay for the gains I’ve made. John warned me that the law of diminishing returns is now in effect and that each new inch will be tougher to attain. That may be true but I still have a few tricks left in my bag. For example, I have about fifteen pounds of excess ballast to unload and I’m confident that just by eating smarter I can go a couple of inches higher. However this experiment plays out, I’ll have no regrets. John has helped me shape up and learn a little about strength and fitness training along the way. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work out with some of the Greensboro firefighters who John trains. The workouts that those guys go through can be brutal. In addition, John has age-appropriate programs for younger athletes and conducts training sessions for entire youth teams. I would recommend John’s PlyoCity training to any athlete interested in improving his or her overall athletic conditioning. There aren’t many who will ever jump like Nate Robinson, but John will push you to reach your individual potential. You can reach John at the Greensboro Sportsplex by calling 373-3272 or visit:

◊ Encourage parents and coaches to keep youth sports in perspective. ◊ Maximize opportunities for participation, fitness, and fun, especially for the youngest kids. ◊ Guard against the trends of early sports specialization and year round single sport seasons. Take necessary steps to decrease drop out, burn out and injury.

◊ Educate kids, parents and coaches in the early recognition and treatment of overuse injuries. ◊ Demand that youth leagues establish basic sports medicine guidelines and require those supervising the programs be trained in basic first aid, CPR, and injury prevention.

◊ Seek out opportunities for exercise and activity among community clubs, churches, recreation centers and other less intense programs.

◊ Emphasize to school boards and legislatures the vital role that PE can play in promoting lifetime fitness habits from very early ages. Unfortunately, only 50% of US schools require Physical Education in elementary schools. The field of physical education needs to be restored to its time- honored role of fostering physical activity and health. As parents, it is our responsibility to encourage fitness, activity and better health. We must take the initiative and we must set the example. Let’s help ourselves and our children to understand the powerful benefits of exercise by exploring multiple settings for physical activity. This column on health and fitness is provided by the professionals at the four divisions of Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists, serving the Triad Region. Dan Henley is a Licensed, Certified Athletic Trainer with a masters degree in health and physical education and over 35 years experience in the field. Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice.





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H E A LT H There are many good reasons why people shouldn’t smoke. Here is one that you might not know about.

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We at Greensboro Orthopaedics call ourselves “Doctors For an Active Life”. Our technical expertise in orthopaedics allows us to be totally committed to the welfare of each individual patient, providing quality and timely medical care. Our Rehabilitation Centers accommodate a patient’s busy schedule. We also offer digital Diagnostic Imaging Services at our Benjamin Parkway and Signature Place locations. MRIs are offered at our Benjamin Parkway location. Our office is contracted with most Managed Care and Medicare. We make every effort to work with our referring Primary Care Physicians to serve the needs of patients and their plan requirements.

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The Orthopaedic Consequences of Smoking

by James P. Aplington, MD

It is well documented and common knowledge that smokers are at increased risk for heart and peripheral vascular disease and lung cancer in comparison to the nonsmoking population. What is not generally known are the consequences of smoking in the orthopaedic realm. Smoking decreases blood flow to tissues, thereby decreasing oxygenation. This leads to premature tissue aging and makes collagen tissue such as tendons and ligaments less healthy than they otherwise would be. This would be comparable to restricting water to a plant or shrub. Smokers have a three-to-four times increased incidence of disk degeneration and disk herniations. Rotator cuff tears are more common in smokers and heal less well. There is recent evidence to suggest that osteoarthritis is more common in knees of smokers. This would presumably increase the risk of requiring an eventual total knee replacement. Fractures do not heal as well in smokers with an increased risk of a nonunion, which would require surgery to correct the problem. Likewise, fusion rates in back surgery are decreased, and, thus, the success of the fusion, which may lead to a repeat operation. Some orthopaedists are now declining to perform back fusions in smokers.

Osteoporosis, often with resultant spine fractures and stress fractures, is an ever increasing problem as our population ages, especially in the female gender. Smoking is one contributor to increasing the incidence of osteoporosis. We presently live in an age where a healthy lifestyle and being proactive with health issues is more and more being emphasized. Never smoking to begin with or smoking cessation at any age provides us with a factor that we as individuals can control to help create a longer and healthier quality of life for ourselves.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Aplington is a physician with Greensboro Orthopaedics. Prior to completing his residency at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Aplington was a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in orthopaedics. He has also served Wesley Long Hospital as a past member of its Board of Trustees, past president of its medical staff and former Chief of Surgery.

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Learning from Losers How to Lose Weight and Improve Your Health by Gabriel Staub, MS RD LDN CSCS Everyday I’m surrounded by “losers.” In high school, I did my best to stay away from losers, but nowadays I just can’t shake them. But these “losers” are the kind of “losers” whom I respect and admire. They make being a “loser” cool. I have had the privilege to be part of Proehlific Park’s “Most Proehlific Loser” competition. MPL is a 6-month competition requiring each participant to

- Less process foods and “junk” foods - Reducing alcohol Intake - Being active everyday - Eating 6 meals a day - Eliminating deep fried and fast foods - Keeping a food diary - Cutting out all soft drinks

attend three 90-minute exercise sessions per week. In addition, participants receive nutrition education

- Taking stairs instead of the elevator

and counseling. In the end, there will be one winner from each team, and one overall winner.

- Eating to meet the recommended daily values

In just seven weeks 400 lbs have been shed with

- Trying new recipes for vitamins and minerals - Being more aware of what goes in your body

the average percent body weight loss at nearly 8%. One individual lost more than 50 lbs! To find out what

- Eating more wheat products

lifestyle changes our “losers” have made, Erin Yelton (my partner) and I recently surveyed our “losers.”

- Drinking more water

Here are some of the things they have done:

- Cutting down on sugar intake - Understanding better choices at restaurants - Watching less TV

- Reading food fact labels

- Reading more health articles

- Eating more fruits and vegetables – with every meal

- Eating breakfast every morning

- Increasing physical activity

- Parking at a distant parking spot

- Cooking more at home (eat out less) - Planning meals - Serving size awareness

The “losers” I work with are great people and I am proud of what they’ve accomplished. The best part is I have four more months with my “losers.”

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Ages 6-16 • Boys and Girls camps at the Greensboro Sportsplex Instruction on shooting, ball handling, rebounding, defense, passing 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-12 noon on Friday FREE T-shirt for all campers - Bring a lunch and/or snack Fee: $100 before June 1, $150 from June 1-June 14, $175 walk-ups

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Ages 6-16 • Boys and Girls camps at the Hartley Drive YMCA, High Point Instruction on shooting, ball handling, rebounding, defense, passing 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-12 noon on Friday FREE T-shirt for all campers - Bring a lunch and/or snack Fee: $125 for members, $150 for non-members (Limit 120 players)

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CiCi’s Pizza and Spears YMCA team up during CiCi’s Pizza Week CiCi’s Pizza can host your event or cater off-site. A percentage of the total sales from people coming to a fundraiser is then donated back to the organization. You can contact CiCi’s by calling the numbers below or visiting their website at MyCiCi’ The website provides information on CiCi’s catering program, contact information for the Greensboro and Asheboro locations and valuable nutritional information on CiCi’s entire menu.

The Spears YMCA celebrated CiCi’s Pizza Week from February 7-21. During that period, CiCi’s donated 10% of the bill of any customer saying “I’m with the Spears YMCA” to the YMCA Scholarship Fund. The fund provides money allowing more children to participate in YMCA programs. CiCi’s Ci Ci’s buffet features a Fundraiser Nights are events where CiCi’s fresh salad bar with lots works with local elementary school groups, church of your favorite veggies! groups and other nonprofits to help them raise funds. It’s a great way for groups to raise money while enjoying CiCi’s delicious pizza, pasta, salad, and desert buffet. CiCi’s has a variety of pizza topping to choose from and features a huge salad bar with lots of fresh vegetables and salad dressing choices.

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GET ACTIVE! by Rob Walsh, Managing Director

The Parisi Speed School at The Clubs of Oak Branch and Green Valley Children’s activity and nutrition habits are social issues regularly chronicled in the news. Rarely a day goes by that you cannot find a story related to children’s health and the consequences that current lifestyle trends present. Headlines have included The Least Fit Generation, Prescription Drug Sales for Children Skyrocket, Lifestyle Related Diseases Epidemic in Today’s Children. Conversely, there are rarely solutions presented to help reverse the current path. Here are some ideas to help reverse the inactivity and health issues facing our children today:

Put Physical Education back in schools…everyday. While there are a lot of factors to overcome, the impact on our children and the future of our country would far outweigh the short term pains necessary to achieve this. Most students only get two PE classes a week and are limited to 20-25 minutes of actual activity time. Kids need the physical activity and release that PE and recess provide. More physical education would enable our children to become better students and to build lifelong activity habits.




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Expand Youth Recreational Sports Opportunities Beyond Age 12. 75% of our children quit playing sports by the time they reach 13 years of age. One factor is the limited recreational activities offered for that age group. By age 13, a child who wants to participate in sports is often limited to travel or other fee-based competitive teams. We are missing a huge population of children who either aren’t ready or aren’t able to commit to a competitive sports environment at such a young age.

Diversify the type of sports children play. Children need to play a variety of sports and participate in activities that promote balance in their movement patterns. Specialization at an early age is a contributing factor to injury rates in children being at an all time high. Soccer, swimming, gymnastics and martial arts allow children to use and develop all of their motor skills and to prevent repetitive use injuries that occur in a single sport dominant athlete.

Don’t rely on sports participation to be the only physical activity a child gets. I caution parents not to view their children’s sports as enough physical activity. Recreational sports are a great addition to a child’s weekly activity plan, but too often consist of limited movement combined with a high calorie snack and drink, and then a postgame meal of fast food.


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