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Who will become the stars of tomorrow? That question is addressed in this issue and the conclusions may surprise you. Who were the stars of yesterday? Each year past sports greats are recognized at the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame dinner. This year, nine individuals were inducted as the Class of 2009 (see page 8). Each of these individuals brought honor to his or her sport and exemplified what it means to be a true “star.” It’s important for kids today to learn about those who played the game before them and to appreciate what it takes to achieve excellence. That’s why we profile a member of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in each issue of SportsKidsPlay® newspaper. Past issues have included profiles of some of the area’s most accomplished coaches, athletes, and administrators. In this issue you’ll read about Florida A&M University Director of Athletics Bill Hayes (page 13). Local sports fans will remember Coach Hayes as the winningest football coach in North Carolina A&T history. But like many of the stars of the past, Coach Hayes, now a successful sports administrator, continues to shine, and, as you’ll see, his many accomplishments extend beyond athletics. The commitment to youth sports in the local community is tremendous. Inside this issue, you can read about several kid-friendly events and initiatives. For example, the tennis community held a free kid’s carnival at the Grasshopper’s NewBridge Bank Park during the U.S. Open Tennis tournament. The city recently held a free open house at the Greensboro Sportsplex to showcase the improvements at one of its finest facilities. You can also read about the just-completed expansion of the Spears YMCA on Horse Pen Creek in this issue. Folks in Summerfield are excited about the new athletic complex being built there. Swimmers in Greensboro will soon be competing in a terrific, new aquatics center. In addition, there are many other outstanding public and private facilities throughout the area where young people can hone their sports skills and develop new ones. Several readers have commented on our choice of adverbs to describe the FREE status of SportsKidsPlay® newspaper. So far it’s been absolutely, positively, undeniably, indisputably, unconditionally, irrefutably, unquestionably, and irrefragably FREE! As SportsKidsPlay® newspaper enters its fourth year of publication, please join us in thanking our fantastic lineup of family-friendly advertisers. It’s through the loyal support of our valued advertisers that this publication continues to be - as you’ll see on the cover of this issue - astonishingly FREE!
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The sport of fencing is alive and well in Greensboro. Fencing is a great family sport that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike. Since fencing is new to most people, parents and their kids can learn the sport together. Here are a couple of organizations offering fencing instruction in the area.
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The Spears Family YMCA at 3216 Horse Pen
According to Joe Hennigan, executive director of
Creek invites everyone to come out and see what they’ve done with the place. Now that the YMCA
the Spears YMCA, “The expansion creates more social space and space for group exercises. We’ve
expansion has been completed, the first thing you’ll notice is the new entrance and the spacious
also expanded our cardiovascular areas.” In fact, Spears has added 34 pieces of cardio equipment.
new reception and lobby area. But that’s just
“The proof will come in a few months when we reach
the beginning. With an additional 7500 square feet of space, the Spears YMCA has been able
our peak usage, but we feel like with the additional equipment we should be able to accommodate the
to expand its exercise class schedule. There’s now more room and more opportunity to get your workout in, regardless of your fitness level.
demand. Our overall goal is to better serve the community and we feel that the expansion will go a long way toward meeting that goal.”
The folks at the Spears YMCA are especially excited about the new amenities that the facility
Harvey Floyd II, the teen director at Spears is equally excited, especially about the new teen
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lounge. We want to build the community by pulling generations together. This area will bridge the gap between generations and help build a sense of community.” He envisions an area used by senior citizens in the morning and transitioning to an area where “teens who are looking for a place to hang out can have fun in a clean, safe environment.” Adjacent to the lounge area is the Energy Factory with its interactive Wii games, Cat’s Eye game/ exercise bikes, and Dance Revolution machine. Sometime down the road, the YMCA staff hopes to add ping pong and pool tables, board games, and flat screen televisions to further enhance the area and create a space that will be inviting and fun for YMCA members of all ages.
Delta H Fencers has been around since 1985 with classes open to all ages and skill levels. Coaches John and Linda are certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association, and hold the title of Moniteir d’Armes. One of the oldest clubs in the state, Delta H also conducts camps and clinics, holds seminars, and hosts tournaments. The club was instrumental in establishing the North Carolina Fencing League for high school students. Classes are held at the Glenwood Recreation Center at 2010 South Coliseum Blvd. 27403. For more information on the club you can contact the center at 373-2929 or call Linda Marsh at 254-6235.
GREENSBORO FENCING CLUB During its long-time association with the Downtown YWCA, another area fencing group was known as the Dowtown Fencing Club. The club recently joined forces with Proehlific Park and has changed its name to The Greensboro Fencing Club. The club is for anyone ages 8 and up and offers both competitive and non-competitive classes. Classes are taught by Woody Cavenaugh, a USFA Certified Fencing Instructor. For more information, stop by Proehlific Park at 4517 Jessup Grove Road in Greensboro or call 665-5233. You can also visit the clubs website at www.greensborofencing.com.
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Ice Hockey FUN
Greensboro Sportsplex Celebrates Improvements with
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The Greensboro Sportsplex celebrated its recent renovation with an Open House on Saturday, October 17th. The Sportsplex hosted youth basketball and adult dodgeball tournaments along with SoccerTots, volleyball and hockey clinics. The Sportsplex was closed in September while
extensive renovations were underway. The Open House served as the official unveiling and the results are dramatic. Those attending the event couldn’t help but be impressed. The place looks terrific! New entrance doors were installed
Brooks Willoughby-Ray, age 5, on the left and Lorien Bathgate, age 6, on the right, cross sticks with the GYHA STARS.
and the lobby area has new sport court flooring. The entire facility was cleaned and freshly painted. The building seems much brighter, too, thanks to the installation of 298 brand new, high efficiency/ultra bright/low noise lights throughout the building. The lighting system also includes an energy
Children from Greensboro and surrounding communities gather at the Icehouse skating rink Friday evenings and weekends to experience the game of ice hockey through the youth Cross-Rinks House program. Greensboro Youth Hockey Association offers this program based on USA Hockey’s American Development Model of play for ages 10 and under. All games are played on a divided ice surface with multiple games occurring at once. Small supervised groups play at one time, giving players lots of opportunity to both skate and play the puck. Kids interested in trying the exciting position of goalie are given the opportunity through a voluntary rotation with loaner equipment. Experienced USA Hockey certified coaches teach the basic fundamentals of hockey with and emphasis on skating, puck handling, education and most of all, fun!
Equipment, including skates, is available for loan with deposit. Jerseys are provided. The Cross-Rinks program is designed for children who basic skating skills and an introduction to hockey skills. Supporting precursor programs to the Cross-Rinks program are: Step 1) Learn to Hockey Skate Classes offered through the Icehouse. Schedules and registration found at www.greensboroice.com Step 2) Hockey Learn to Play - Level 1-3 Offered in 8-week sessions. Information and registration at www.gyhastars.com
saving motion detection device to turn lights on and off based on the activity level. In addition, all eight hardwood basketball courts have been screened and refinished with new nets placed on all basketball goals. The soccer fields have been re-fitted with new netting over the fields and tighter netting surrounding the fields. The Open House was a fun event for everyone who attended. If you weren’t able to make it, stop by sometime and check it out. The Greensboro Sportsplex is located at 2400 16th Street, just off Cone Blvd, east of Hwy 29, past Walmart. You can contact the Greensboro Sportsplex at 373-3232 or visit the Sportsplex website at: greensborosportsplex.com
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US Open Tennis in the Ballpark
STA North Carolina and WFMY News 2 held the US Open Tennis in the Ballpark event on Saturday, September 12th. The free event was at the NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. It was the first event of its kind in North Carolina and drew nearly 1000 tennis fans and enthusiasts. The event included and on-field carnival and fun for the whole family! On-field activities included a 22’ inflatable slide, double-shot basketball, wax hands, face
painting, fast serve, cornhole, and an exhibition grass court. Also on the field were QuickStart short courts, allowing kids and adults to play on grass and clay courts. A special “Dunk the Pro” contest helped raise $400 for local junior tennis programs. Fans were able to dunk their favorite tennis teaching professionals from local clubs and facilities. Fabulous door prizes were given at the end of the night and Kellie Gallerani walked away with the Grand Prize, a trip to the 2010 US Open.
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Beautiful weather in Greensboro kept spirits high but couldn’t keep the rain from falling in Flushing Meadows, site of the 2009 US Open. Plans were to have tennis fans throw down a blanket in the outfield to watch the semi-final match between eventual champion Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams. Unfortunately, inclement weather prevented match play from being held at its scheduled TV time slot, but that didn’t stop the crowd from having a great time on the field with all of the games and activities.
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RANDY PATE TENNIS ACADEMY New youth tennis program in Greensboro
Randy Pate Tennis Academy began operations in Greensboro in October. They run a highperformance, tournament, junior academy program on weekends (Saturday & Sunday from 1:30-3:30 PM) and a QuickStart Tennis program on Tuesdays & Thursdays (3:30-4:15 PM). Contact the Tennis Academy for a location near you. Randy Pate Tennis Academy, with other locations in Winston-Salem and Cornelius, has more than 20 years of experience in developing excellent junior and collegiate players. The Tennis Academy staff includes Randy Pate, Chris Cagle, Daniel Abrahao, Billy Holland, and Quentin Huff. For more information and to participate contact: Daniel Abrahao, winstonsalemtennis@ gmail.com, 704-300-3506.
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Starting Out Right! Tumblebees Ultimate Gym prepares children for an active lifestyle
Sports participation begins with the confidence to challenge oneself, and allows one to grow physically, emotionally, mentally and socially from the activity. In order to appreciate those challenges, steps must be taken to help children become ready, willing and able to step to the plate. Tumblebees Ultimate Gym is celebrating 23 years of helping prepare children to lead active lifestyles. This is more important than ever with the obesity epidemic on the rise, as a result of sedentary activities, putting our children’s long
term health at risk. Tumblebees wants kids to be active and find that activity they love doing. Tumblebees commitment to getting kids moving is a building block for all sports. Children as young as 1-2 years old can engage in core gymnastics activities (balance, muscle coordination, sensory activities, sequencing movements, focus, and agility) that result in the confidence to find sports participation enjoyable. We call it “brain gym” activities which help prepare the child to learn the skills. Placing children in sports before they are ready, may actually hinder their future participation. An 18 month old can kick a soccer ball, but that doesn’t mean they are ready for the sport of soccer. As kids continue to develop, their participation may lead to athletic competition, where the rewards take on a whole new meaning. At this point, the athlete knows the fun associated with being active and fit. As the Tumblebees competitive season approaches, be on the look out for several of our area athletes whose skills reach far beyond Guilford County - from traditional gymnastics,
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tumbling, trampoline, diving, and rock wall climbing. Area athletes continue to enhance their core athletic skills through gymnastics as a cross training exercise for other sports. See you all on the field or in the gym…
GSA hosts Pentathlon Greensboro swimmers perform well at first meet of the season Local swimmers participated in the Pentathlon swim meet at Grimsley High School, October 10-11. Teams from Sanford, Durham, Asheboro, Charlotte, and High Point also competed. Presented by The Greensboro Swimming Association, the meet offered events of varying distances in each stroke plus the individual medley each day. GSA Pentathlon event champions included: 8 and U Girls:
Izzy Harper, Audrey Stiefel
8 and U Boys:
Lucy Pearce, Madison Buttonow, Hailey Bull
Branch Bobbitt, Sam Farrell
Caitlin Cockcroft, Janie Pearce,
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Olivia Johnson Alex Scott, Preston Butler 13-14 Girls:
Cody Jones, Kyle Riker
GSA swimmers traveled to UNC Chapel Hill for a meet October 24-25 and will participate in the meet at the Bryan YMCA on November 6-8. The winter season will culminate with the State Championships in Cary in February and the Regional Championships in March.
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FAME In addition to the new members, the following individuals were inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in previous years: Class of 2005
Richard Wood’s vision led to the creation of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
A few years ago, Richard Wood was reading an article in the High Point Enterprise about the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame. He knew that Guilford County had a rich sports heritage of its own and began asking around to find out if Guilford County had a Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Wood was surprised to find that, despite a large number of deserving individuals, no Sports Hall of Fame existed in Guilford County. “I thought this was a great opportunity to honor the legends in Guilford County. I began calling around to friends who became interested in the idea and that was the beginning of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. It wasn’t easy at first. It took about a year and a half to get it going.” The Hall of Fame became a reality when the first class was inducted in 2005. Nine individuals were inducted in 2009 bringing the total membership in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame to fifty-two. Its membership includes a diverse
group of Guilford County athletes, coaches, administrators, and others, who had a major impact in sports at the local, state, national, and international levels. Mr. Wood credits the founding committee with making his dream a reality. That eclectic group included local supporters of area sports – business leaders, civic leaders, and members of the local media – who shared Mr. Wood’s passion. The Greensboro Sports Commission and its president, Marc Bush, along with director of events Demp Bradford, were especially helpful in gathering and providing ongoing support for the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. Other members of the founding committe were Karen Adams, Ellen Bliven, Pauletta Rood, Irwin Smallwood, Steve Showfety, Herb Goins, Ed Hardin, Glenn Lesley, Donald Moore, Rich Brenner, Jerry Camp, Benny Phillips, Ed Price, Billy Ragsdale, Brad Root, Jim Morgan, and Robbie Perkins. You can click on the Greensboro Sports Commission website at www.greensborosports. org to learn more about the members of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. The most
recent honorees are also featured on the Wall of Fame at the NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Congratulations to everyone associated with the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, its members, and especially to the class of 2009 and their families. The new inductees include: Nelson Bobb – Director of athletics at UNC Greensboro Richard Culler – High Point University athlete and major league baseball player Sammy Johnson – High Point Central, University of North Carolina, and professional football player Allen Morris – Nationally ranked tennis player and tennis coach at the University of North Carolina Siri Lynn Mullinix - Soccer player at Ragsdale H.S., University of North Carolina and U.S. Olympic team Doug Henderson – Head football coach , track coach, and athletic director at Western Guilford H.S. Haywood Jeffires – Page H.S. athlete, North Carolina State, and professional football player Johnny Evans – High Point Andrews, North Carolina State, and professional football player Bill Hayes – Head football coach at Winson-Salem State and North Carolina A&T, athletic director at North Carolina Central and Florida A&M
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Jim Staton Class of 2007 Hal “Skinny” Brown
Emil “Emo” Showfety
Debbie Yow Class of 2008 Lynne Agee
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Richard “Dick” Kemp
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bowling Misunderstandings Recreational Bowlers Have About the Sport Most people who bowl just for fun don’t always understand what actually goes into becoming a high-scoring, quality bowler. Here are five misconceptions about the sport.
Bowling is the type of sport that most people think they can just pick up and put down whenever they want. And in reality, this is true; as long as their goal is to just have a good time and not improve their game. However, for recreational bowlers who want to understand more about the sport with an eye toward getting better at it, here are five misconceptions they should know.
Anyone Can Bowl Actually, anyone can bowl…just not very well. Pick up a house ball, toss it down the lane at the head pin and call it bowling. To be good at bowling takes time, patience and an understanding of the dynamics of what goes into rolling the bowling ball properly down the lane. And that means getting the proper equipment. When recreational bowlers throw a house ball wearing house shoes they have to rely on whatever is available. While league, tournament and pro bowlers have their own proper fitting shoes and bowling balls selected by weight and lane conditions. In addition,
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their bowling balls are drilled specifically to fit their hand.
“hook.” That is what that curving motion is called.
Bowling is All about Muscle
Bowling balls hook for three reasons: the material they’re made from, how they’re drilled and how they’re thrown. House balls are usually plastic with conventional drilling, so they go straight. Balls which hook are made of reactive resin and are fingertip drilled, so the bowling ball can roll gently off the tip of the fingers.
One of the biggest misconceptions about bowling is the idea that the sport is just about throwing a ball down the lane as hard and fast as possible in an effort to smash and scatter the pins all over the lane. While this may work, bowling is not about how hard someone throws the ball; it is about how accurate they can roll it to the pocket. The pocket is the area between the one and three pin for right-handed bowlers, and the one and two pin for lefties. And accuracy isn’t about speed or power. On top of that, bowling has a mental aspect to it. Watch a pro bowler or even a good amateur sometime. They are very focused, just like a golfer.
Just Toss the Bowling Ball at the Pins Yes, bowlers can do that. However, good bowlers, those with the high averages, do something called spot bowling. Spot bowling is about aiming at one of the spots on the lane instead of at the pins themselves. Which spot a bowler will roll their ball over all depends on lane conditions. Lane conditions are about how much oil is or isn’t on the lane.
In addition, bowlers need to learn and practice throwing a fingertip hook ball in order to get good at it. That includes everything from their approach and arm swing to their release and follow through. It’s all about timing. To learn more, check out this great article on how to hook a bowling ball at: www.wikihow.com/Hook-a-Bowling-Ball.
Bowling Isn’t a Very Physical Sport Most people don’t see bowling in the same vein as an active sport such as football or basketball. However, bowling can still put physical strain on the human body. Just try bowling sixteen games in a single day (something pro bowlers often have to do), and a bowler’s fingers not only become rough, sore, swollen and sometimes bleed, but their arms and shoulders ache along with their legs and knees. Bowling can be fun and, like any sport, it can be hard work. It’s just a matter of understanding what it takes to do it well.
Turn Your Wrist to Spin the Bowling Ball Weekend bowlers who occasionally see a good bowler throw a bowling ball and watch how it curves into the pocket are often eager to try this approach out for themselves. However, if they are using a house ball chances are they will not be able to make it
Bowling News SCHOOL BOWLING TEAMS If your
kept secret but the cat’s out of the bag. Last year North Carolina bowling centers awarded approximately $20,000 in scholarship money to high school bowlers! Please check your local bowling centers to see how young bowlers can qualify. Youth bowling leagues are available through most area bowling centers. Contact your local bowling center for details.
high school doesn’t have a bowling team or bowling club, talk to your school administrators to see about starting one. Several area schools have formed clubs and more are joining all the time. Bowling can be great exercise and great fun! Elementary and middle schools are also joining in the fun. If you’re interested in a school bowling club, your local bowling center will be happy to help you get started.
Deborah S. Hildebrand is a freelance writer and has written hundreds of articles on a variety of topics for websites, newsletters, and trade publications. This article was originally posted online at Suite101.com and is republished here by permission.
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redicting athletic success at any level is an inexact science. Just ask the coach who cut Michael Jordan from his junior high basketball team. College recruiters often find that their top high school recruits don’t live up to expectations. On the other hand, lightly-regarded recruits and even walk-ons often develop into very productive players. Despite the availability of every imaginable assessment and evaluation tool, even professional scouts make their share of mistakes. Outstanding performance in high school or college doesn’t always equate with success at the professional level. If accurately predicting success at the elite levels of sport is difficult, picking out future stars from among our youngest athletes is virtually impossible. The star player at age 9 is not necessarily a star at 19. Becoming successful in sports depends on a lot of factors, some out of the athlete’s control. In addition to the obvious physical requirements, intangible attributes like attitude, determination, and mental toughness come into play. Opportunity is an often overlooked factor – access to facilities, quality coaching and training are critical to those who hope to compete at the elite level. Peyton and Eli Manning have worked very hard to develop and refine the skills that made them great
NFL quarterbacks. There is little doubt, however, that some of the qualities that led to their success were inherited from their father Archie, himself a standout collegiate and professional quarterback. The products of “good genetics” are evident throughout college and professional sport. In addition to the Manning brothers - Ken Griffey Jr., Luke Walton, Kobe Bryant, and Mark Ingram are a just a few current players with fathers who were elite professional athletes. In addition to the biological traits that were passed along to these players, they also had the advantage of learning the nuances of the game from a very early age. But while genetics may be a helpful predictor, even being the child of a star athlete doesn’t guarantee success. Will a gifted athletic child become a gifted adult athlete? Maybe. But early success as a child doesn’t necessarily mean later success. A study of elite junior tennis players in Sweden found that some of the 12-14 year olds in the survey became successful adult tennis players while other did not. Interestingly, those who became successful adult players consistently reported greater enjoyment of the game, less parental pressure, and involvement in other sports. Similar results have been found in swimming where many leading age group swimmers drop out of the top rankings as they get older.
Is your child a budding superstar? Some scholars believe For $150 you can purchase a saliva swab test to determine if your kid has the right stuff to become a sports star. It has to do with genetics. The test will tell you which variant of the gene ACTN3 is in the child’s DNA. Everyone carries the ACTN3 gene but a single variant is inherited from each parent; the combination of variants has been shown to correlate with two distinct athletic traits - explosive power, and endurance. The R variant in ACTN3 signals the body to produce the protein alpha-acticin-3, found in fast-twitch muscles associated with quick, powerful muscle contractions. Studies revealed that the absence of alpha-acticin-3 leads to less explosive power but greater endurance.
An Australian study tested over 400 world class athletes to determine their combination of variants and found a clear correlation between the presence of the R variant and “power sport” athletes. All sprint athletes had at least one R variant and half of the sprinters had two. A correlation, though weaker, was found in the presence of the XX variation in elite endurance athletes. But before you run out an buy the test, it should be noted that some subsequent studies have failed to replicate the findings of the Australian study. And while genetic makeup may be relevant, it is only one of many factors that determine the future performance of young athletes.
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by Bill Martin
www.teamsportsplex.com Why does the performance of some gifted young athletes fall off as they get older? One explanation is the variation in the rate of child development. Some children mature much earlier than others, both physically and mentally. The precocious “early bloomers” are bigger, stronger, and more skilled at an early age. Because of their early success, these kids often are exposed to better coaching, better facilities, and better competition. A potential challenge faced by early bloomers is complacency. Because success came early and easily, there may be a tendency to relax and “rest on your laurels.” As others catch up with them in size and strength, early bloomers must continue to work hard and improve their skills or they’ll fall behind. Children who develop at a slower rate, “late bloomers,” have their own set of challenges. Late bloomers sometimes receive less encouragement and support from parents and coaches. Late bloomers, if not given an adequate opportunity to compete, may become discouraged and drop out before they reach their athletic potential. It’s important for parents and coaches to be patient, praise the child’s effort, understand the variation in child development, and to make sure that the child understands it, too. The world of sports is full of late bloomers like New York Yankees pitcher Joba
Chamberlain. Chamberlain showed limited talent as a kid but with the help of a supportive father, he worked hard, stuck with it, and became one of the top pitchers in major league baseball. Many parents count on their child to become the next Joba Chamberlain, Mia Hamm, or Adrian Peterson. Despite the long odds, (fewer than 2% of over 7.5 million high school athletes will receive either full or partial athletic scholarships and only a miniscule number will become professional athletes) cash-strapped parents often ignore the realities and view sports as their child’s financial safety net. A more practical approach to preparing for your child’s future, though not as glamorous, is to encourage academic excellence and to invest in a college savings plan. Who will be the stars of tomorrow? Nearly everyone knows of someone who beat the odds and earned a college scholarship or made it big in professional sports. Those athletes are the exceptions but their success keeps the dream alive and seems to drive the sometimes irrational expectations of many sports parents. But a few, given the opportunity, will, through natural ability, hard work, and exceptional drive, rise above the rest, beat the odds, and become the stars of tomorrow. Good Luck!
that genetic tests and finger length ratios may offer clues. If you want to save a few bucks, there’s a cheaper method to determine your child’s potential as a sports star. Place your child’s extended hand on the table. Measure the length of the child’s index finger and ring finger (from the inside crease at the bottom to the tip of the finger). Divide the length of the index finger by the length of the ring finger. Women tend to have a “digit ratio” close to 1.0 while men have an average ratio of .96. According to John Manning an evolutionary biologist from the University of Liverpool, and author of The Finger Book, the ratio can be a predictor of athletic prowess, as well other individual characteristics. A lower ratio correlates with greater athletic potential.
According to the theory, the difference between the two fingers’ lengths relates to the level of testosterone exposure in the womb. The longer the ring finger compared to the index finger, the higher the exposure. While the generalizations are interesting, experts caution against using digit ratio theory to predict individual athletic performance.
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Dealing with illness in sports As we approach the peak of cold and flu season, what should young athletes do? by Dan Henley Many athletes have to deal with illness or infection at some point during the playing season. Of course treating and preventing these occurrences is important to the health of the individuals and their teammates. A healthy athlete and team certainly contribute to the success and enjoyment of the game. Indeed, we have recently seen the negative effects of the H1N1 flu on several teams weakened by an outbreak of the virus during the current season. Even flu vaccinations and good hygiene cannot prevent all outbreaks, but with proper care and prevention, these situations can be minimized. While athletes and the general population are exposed to similar causes of illness or infectious disease, there is some evidence to suggest that those who exercise regularly may have fewer upper respiratory infections as compared to sedentary people. However, there is conflicting opinion about whether or not those who participate in exhaustive exercise might actually increase the severity of some viral illnesses. But we do know that viral infections have been linked to measurable decrements in athletic performance with muscle function being affected the most. Whether or not to exercise during illness is a common question. Mild exercise during an illness such as the common cold is reasonably safe, but strenuous activity should probably be minimized. So symptoms such as stuffiness or mild sore throat might warrant a reduced workout at first and if the symptoms improve during exercise, then intensity might be increased somewhat. In contrast, symptoms including fever, muscle aching,
Healthy Hygiene Practices for Young Athletes
significant cough, vomiting, or diarrhea indicate a more serious illness. Athletes with these symptoms should not participate until they have consulted with a physician and/or until symptoms have fully resolved. A special note to parents with a child who tends to be sick a lot during every season of participation. If your child seems to constantly be battling a cold, virus or some such ailment each season, you may wonder if you should limit the activity or if something else can be done to prevent this. My best advice is to recognize that a history of sickness every season is reason for caution. You should schedule a thorough evaluation with your family physician, beyond that of a routine athletic physical, so that other underlying causes can be assessed. Prevention is the key to minimizing the effects of illness for athletes. For some familiar and often-recommended healthy hygiene practices, see my BONEDOCS column on the right. While these healthy habits provide a helpful defense against illness, getting a young athlete to fully practice these preventive measures requires a leap of faith. My approach to encouraging prevention is to persuade young athletes that the best athletes are those who do the little things that allow them to perform at their best. _________ 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. Dan is currently the marketing and public relations coordinator for Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists. Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice.
ORTHOPAEDIC CARE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
by Dan Henley Here are a few basic hygiene practices that may improve a young athlete’s health. •
Minimize closeness or contact with persons who are obviously ill.
Frequent hand washing is one of the most helpful but neglected practices of all. Soap-and water washing after each bathroom use is a simple task to focus on.
Use hand sanitizers whenever possible, especially after all hand contacts with others or after touching publicly used surfaces.
Showering with soap after every practice or competition is important. Wearing shower clogs is a good idea.
Increase skin protection by more frequent sock changes and drying of shoes between uses.
Wash minor abrasions with soap-and-water cleansing and cover with ointment and bandage if “oozing.”
Never drink from common water bottles or hoses or dip multiple drinking cups in water or ice containers.
Wear clean underclothing and team-wear during practices and games. Do not share clothing, personal equipment and towels between teammates.
Adequate and regular sleep and rest periods should be the rule for all athletes.
Maintain a well-balanced diet, but avoid eating too much.
Maintain proper immunizations, especially tetanus boosters and annual influenza shots as recommended by your physician.
All blood and bodily fluid contact should be considered infectious and therefore avoided.
Avoid hospital visitations as much as possible, to protect the patients as much as yourself.
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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Local sports Legends
Football Coach/Athletic Director
By Bill Martin
Athletics has always been an important part of Bill Hayes’ life. As a child growing up in Durham, Bill Hayes learned his earliest lessons in sports playing baseball. In Junior High he played basketball and track; football wasn’t yet offered. At Hillside High School in Durham, Hayes was a multi-sport athlete and became a standout football player. After high school, Bill Hayes went to college at North Carolina Central University where he enjoyed four successful seasons playing center on the football team and made three AllAmerica teams. After graduating in 1965 with a degree in physical education, Hayes began a career in athletics that continues today. Hayes’ first coaching job was at Northside High School in Gretna, Virginia. Success came early as his team won the conference championship in his first year. His success there brought him to Winston-Salem where he was the assistant coach in baseball, track, and football at Paisley High School. His teams at Paisley all won conference championships in his second year. Forsyth County integrated its schools in 1967-68 and the Paisley coaching staff was re-assigned to various area schools. Coach Hayes was named the defensive coordinator at North Forsyth High School, becoming the first African-American coach at the predominantly white school. In 1971, North Forsyth won the 4A State Championship. Bill Hayes was hired as the running back coach at Wake Forest University in 1972 and became the first African-American football coach in the ACC conference. Within two years, several other ACC schools followed suit, adding African-American coaches to their staffs. Hayes was hired as head football coach at Winston-Salem State University in 1976. Coach Hayes had 12 successful seasons at Winston-Salem State, including three CIAA Championships (1977,1978, and 1987), and backto-back undefeated seasons in 1977 and 1978.
In 1988 Hayes became the head football coach at North Carolina A&T State University. His success continued as he led his Aggie teams to three MEAC championships and two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. In his 27 year coaching career, Coach Bill Hayes became the winningest coach at both Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T. With and overall record of 195-102-2, Coach Hayes has more wins than any other college head football coach in the state of North Carolina. In 2003, Coach Hayes went back to his alma mater, as the athletic director at North Carolina Central University. After five years at Central, Hayes was named the athletic director at Florida A&M in 2008. The common thread that runs through Coach Hayes’ career, whether in coaching or administration, is his commitment to molding the lives of young people. In football, he demanded hard work and commitment from his players and his coaches. According to Coach Hayes, “Football is a very physical game. I wanted my players grounded in the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. I stressed physical football, strong discipline, and a strong worth ethic.” In administration, he demands the same commitment to discipline and hard work from everyone involved in the athletic program. “I didn’t realize it until I became an athletic director, but being a head coach is being an administrator. I was managing people, managing budgets, and motivating people. Now I motivate coaches instead of players.” Coach Hayes has touched a lot of lives during his illustrious career. Many of his former players and assistant coaches have continued his tradition of excellence in their own coaching careers. Hayes mentioned notable high school coaches Steven Davis, Victor Floyd, Mark Sanders, Rodney McKoy, Keith Wilkes, and University of
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson as a few who have enjoyed success in the coaching ranks. Coach Hayes has a special interest in helping, not only his players, but young people of limited means and opportunity. One of his proudest achievements while at North Carolina A&T was his association with the Boy Scouts of America. The Boys Scout chapter that they developed became one of the best in the country and served as a national model. Bill Hayes had been a boy scout while growing up in Durham and became involved as a leader after Doug Thorn approached him. “Doug said it would take about one hour a week but I found out that I had about one hour left in the week after working with the scouts.” The Scout Reach Program, as it was called, was about reaching scouting into the urban community. “It gave kids who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity, a chance to go to summer camp, to go fishing, or to go hiking,” Hayes said. “Just to see a young man’s eyes around the campfire made it all worthwhile.” After a lifetime in athletics, Coach Hayes offers this advice for young athletes today. “First of all, have fun. Secondly, there is a discipline in sport that will act as a foundation for discipline in other areas of life.” Establishing a solid foundation in sports, and in life is something Hayes stresses. “Manage the little things; something as simple as a correct football stance or a good explosive start. Learn good habits and repeat them over and over. And eliminate bad habits,” Hayes concluded. Hayes also shares this advice for parents of young athletes. “Provide the materials and the infrastructure for your child to be successful but keep your distance. There’s too much pressure on young kids today. They get enough pressure from their coaches and teammates, they don’t need additional pressure from parents,” says Hayes.
Just recently Coach Hayes resigned as athletic director at Florida A&M University after nearly two years at the school. Hayes will remain at the school through the end of the year. Coach Hayes said, “I have enjoyed every minute down here at FAMU, watching the program grow, putting infrastructure in place. I think we did a wonderful job in terms of building infrastructure around football games.” Hayes continued, “I’m kind of taking it one day at a time right now. I’ve had a great time -- from a player, a coach and an administrator. Florida A&M has been a huge challenge, and I’m just excited about just how much progress it has made. It was a big hill to climb, and we attacked it.” Whatever Coach Hayes chooses to do, you can be sure he’ll do it with his characteristic passion and commitment. At his induction into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, Coach Hayes acknowledged his many supporters in the audience - former players, coaching colleagues, friends, and family. Hayes thanked his family and especially his wife, Caroline for supporting him throughout his career. Coach Hayes and his wife have been together for a long time - they first met when they were in junior high. Their family includes a daughter, Sherri, a son, Bill, Jr., and three grandchildren. William “Bill” Hayes’ accomplishments, both on and off the field, have certainly earned him a place of honor among our Local Sports Legends.
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Self Confidence Strategies for Success by Jennifer Gapin “You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” – Chris Evert Scrawled across Melanie Oudin’s pink and yellow tennis shoes is one word: “Believe.” The 17 year old tennis player’s success at the recent US Open caught fans and players by surprise, but for her, it was the opposite. There was no doubt in her mind that she could do it. “For me, it’s…believing that I can beat these girls and hang there with them. If I didn’t have that, then there’s no way I would have been able to win. Because believing in myself and my shots and playing within myself, that’s how I won, knowing I believe that I could do it.” Now that I have moved to sunny Southern Florida where, sports are played year round, I get more and more requests from coaches and athletes wanting to use mental skills to enhance their performance. So far, the most common aspect of performance they struggle with is confidence. From my experience as an athlete and working with athletes at all competitive levels, the best mental advantage any athlete can have is self confidence. It truly is what sets athletes of equal physical abilities apart. A common myth about confidence is that “either you have it or you don’t.” Fortunately confidence is not like math problems you may learn in school—you read it, you memorize it, and the information is always there. Rather, athletes constantly need to work to attain it and maintain it. Many young athletes have difficulty remembering that confidence is something they can control and change; that they need to work toward and practice on a daily basis. One strategy for building confidence is to create a Personal Hall of Fame (Burton, 2008). Grab a few sheets of paper and have athletes list out any meaningful accomplishments in both sport and in life. This helps the athlete to review and re-experience all previous successes and realize how much he/she has accomplished. A second strategy is to create an affirmation list. Create personal and positive statements affirming strengths and capabilities such as “I know I play well under pressure,” “I am the fastest player on my team,” “I am cool, confident, and collected.” The athlete can post this by the bed and read the statements every night and/or in the morning. Another tool for building confidence is a self confidence script that can be digitally recorded and played on an Ipod, cell phone, or mp3 player. In the athlete’s own voice, he/she can describe a successful performance in vivid detail. The script should contain statements aimed at personal strengths (I am a great athlete and I have the ability to beat anyone); reinforcing the quality and quantity of physical and mental preparation (I have worked hard and I am prepared and ready to go); recalling past success (I have faced this situation before and done well and I know I can do it again); and approaching challenging situations positively (This will be tough match but these challenges make me a better player). Add in favorite motivational songs to complete the script. Using these tools, trusting in training and preparation, and making a commitment to focus on the positives will help athletes improve their confidence. Just like Melanie Oudin says, all you got to do is BELIEVE. Dr. Jennifer Gapin is a sport psychology consultant and Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Barry University in Miami, FL. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New book by UNCG professor explores mental toughness in young athletes Mental training is just as important as physical training when it comes to success in sport. And like physical fitness, mental toughness is something that can be taught and learned. Yet many young athletes have not learned the psychological skills needed to develop their best game. This book was written specifically for young athletes interested in improving their performance and reaching their potential in sport. BRING YOUR ‘A’ GAME introduces key strategies for mental training, such as goal setting, preperformance routines, confidence building, and imagery. Each of the seventeen chapters focuses on a single mental skill and offers key points and exercises designed to reinforce the concepts. The book encourages athletes to incorporate these mental skills into their daily lives and practice sessions so that they become second nature during competition. Whether used at home by student athletes or assigned by coaches as part of team development, BRING YOUR ‘A’ GAME will help young performers develop a plan for success and learn to deal with the challenges of pursuing excellence in sport. About the Author Jennifer L. Etnier is associate professor of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A soccer player and former coach, she leads sport psychology seminars for the United States Soccer Federation and is a consultant to professional athletes.
BRING YOUR ‘A’ GAME is available from traditional and online booksellers and directly from UNC Press at www.uncpress.unc.edu or at 1-800-848-6224. Q: What inspired you to write Bring Your “A” Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness? Toughness ? A: The simple answer is “because of the obvious need.” It only takes a few minutes of observing a youth sporting event to see that many young athletes are in serious need of mental toughness training. Anyone watching these events will see athletes dropping their heads after a mistake, losing their temper after a decision by an official, making errors on easy scoring opportunities, and berating their teammates. Additionally, many coaches have told me that they wished they’d had access to sport psychology when they were younger. They’ve also expressed that they wished there were sport psychology materials targeted towards young athletes and available for their teams. For these reasons, I thought a book designed to make mental toughness training skills available to young athletes would be a huge help to them as they worked to achieve their potential in sport.
Q: Who will benefit from reading this book? Is it geared towards specific sports? A: The skills that are described in this book were developed in the field of sport psychology, and the book was written specifically for young athletes. However, the book is not geared towards any specific sport. Instead, the book was intentionally written to include examples from a variety of sports, and the skills that are introduced are equally applicable to team sports and to individual sports. Despite the focus on sport, the mental toughness skills that are described in the book can be of benefit to any person who has performance-related goals. In addition to athletes, this book can benefit a variety of people, including entrepreneurs, performing artists, gamers, and students. Simply put— anyone who has aspirations of achieving success could benefit from the development of mental toughness.
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What is a PA?
Who we are and how we can help you! by Brian Buchanan, PA-C
Brian Buchanan, PA-C
During the course of your care at Greensboro Orthopaedics, it is likely that you will encounter part of the healthcare team known as Physician Assistants.The Physician Assistants (PA’s) work in close conjunction with the Surgeons to provide you with quality compassionate care.
As licensed health care professionals, PA’s practice medicine under the supervision of the physician. We are able to conduct physical exams, order and interpert laboratory/radiographic tests, and write prescriptions, in order to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. In addition, we also perform a variety of procedures in the office and first assist during surgery. Often, patients have questions regarding Physician Assistant education and what it consists. The profession actually began in the mid 1960’s in response to the decreasing number of primary care physicians. Dr. Eugene Stead at Duke University Medical Center developed the initial curriculum. It was based on a ”fast-track medical school model” accepting four Navy Corpsmen, who were medics, as the first students. The core didactic curriculum of PA training is very similar to that of Medical School. PA students and medical students often share their clinical rotations while training. Prior to being
accepted into a PA program, the typical PA applicant will have already obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and have approximately 4 years of health care experience. The average PA program is 26 months, typically, with a Master’s Degree conferred. The number of PA Programs in the U.S. has risen to slightly over 140, with graduates working in every state of the nation. PA’s practice in all specialties of medicine. In fact, over 257 million patients were treated by Physician Assistants during 2008, with 43.5 million patients visits to PA’s in surgical specialties/ subspecialties. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the number of PA’s practicing in the U.S. has exceeded 73,000 in December 2008. Greensboro Orthopaedics currently has 10 Physician Assistants on staff. Each PA specifically works with one surgeon, assisting him in all aspects of patient care. We have the privilege of being a “direct representative of the surgeon incorporating the same style and manner of patient care developed and directed by our supervising physicians.” We believe this will provide better continuity of care and accessibility for our patients. We appreciate you choosing Greensboro Orthopaedics and look forward to providing you with total committed care.
Brian Buchanan is a Physician Assistant with Greensboro Orthopaedics. Sources: American Academy of Physician Assistants; Advance for Physician Assistants
Frank V. Aluisio, M.D. President of the NC Orthopedics Association Greensboro Orthopaedics is proud to announce that Frank V. Aluisio, MD was inducted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 as the president of the North Carolina Orthopedics Association for the 2009-2010 year. The North Carolina Orthopedics Association (NCOA) is an organization which provides educational opportunities and national representation for orthopedic surgeons in our state. Dr. Aluisio will continue to see and treat patients with Greensboro Orthopaedics while he serves in this role.
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TRAINING that even more students will participate.” Scholastic has published a new picture book, Family Huddle, featuring America’s most famous football family, the Mannings. Kids will enjoy reading about Eli, Peyton and their older brother Cooper when they were kids, and about their mom, Olivia, and dad, former NFL star Archie Manning.
ELI AND PEYTON MANNING Draft Kids For Scholastic Book Club’s CLASSROOMSCARE CHALLENGE There’s a football/school match-up this fall and millions of kids across the U.S. will benefit if you get in the game. Top names in education and in football - Scholastic Inc. and Super Bowl MVPs Eli and Peyton Manning - are joining forces and inviting America’s teachers and students, along with several key charity partners to join them in bringing more than one million books to kids in need across the U.S. via Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare program. “We were thrilled when the Mannings accepted our invitation to be the first-ever Ambassadors of Reading for ClassroomsCare,” said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Book Clubs. “This program has been enormously successful by distributing more than 9 million books since 2001 to kids in need through charity partners like Reach Out and Read and Save the Children. This year, we’ll also be coordinating with the Mannings’ youth charities, including the Peyton Manning PeyBack Foundation and The Eli Manning Children’s Clinics, and our hope is
ClassroomsCare is an annual challenge to the one million classrooms that use Scholastic Book Clubs. Participating classes read 100 books, triggering a donation of books from Scholastic Book Clubs to ClassroomsCare’s charity partners. The books are then donated throughout the year to kids in preschool to middle school who in many cases would not otherwise have books of their own. Classrooms keep track of books read on posters and online, and then tell Scholastic when they’ve finished. Any books kids read in the classroom, with their parents or on their own count toward the goal. Teachers also can use lesson plans and activities available at classroomscare. scholastic.com to incorporate this program into their curriculum. More than 1 million classrooms have participated in ClassroomsCare since its founding in 2001, helping Scholastic Book Clubs to donate more than 9 million books to kids. The link for the “kick off video” along with details of how the program works is classroomscare.scholastic.com.
In Performance Training by Rob Walsh, Managing Director The Parisi Speed School at The Clubs of Oak Branch and Green Valley If you are frustrated and missing out on results even though you are training hard, you could be suffering from the classic error of doing the wrong thing or not enough of the right thing! Don’t suffer through long workouts with poor results. Here are the four most common mistakes athletes and trainers make in their speed training programs.
Confusing Speed Training with Conditioning
Putting Your Tie on Before Your Shirt
Speed training is VERY specific and technique oriented and partnering speed and conditioning together is difficult without a good program curriculum. Simply running thru drills without technique will not make you faster. It may make you tired and increase your aerobic ability but unless you are improving on the skill of movement, your speed will not improve.
This is an old adage from the European coaches
To be truly fast and injury free in any sport you
about the way Americans train and we see this often in young athletes. Most athletes love to do complex training programs or work on advanced movements and ignore the basics. Ultimately our goal as performance coaches is to help you release the brakes that are holding you back from reaching your full athletic potential. Most often this is a basic limitation (running mechanic, strength, flexibility, muscle imbalance) that can be corrected by working to overcome the limitation and master a basic skill. However, we often see athletes who never reach their full potential because they are constantly changing workouts, doing advance movements and never mastering the basics. Thus they put their tie on before their shirt and never understand why they are not fully dressed as an athlete.
must learn how to stop. The ability to stop and change direction without losing speed or balance will not only make you remarkably faster it will also reduce your risk for injury.
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Error #2 Training Linear Speed Only Linear speed is important but agility and change of direction is where “gamespeed” is developed. No matter what sport you play, short bursts of speed in all directions is what will set you apart on the field or the court.
Error #3 Not Training Deceleration
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Field of Dreams New athletic fields for Summerfield
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The Town of Summerfield is working to develop a new athletic park with two baseball/softball fields for younger players, and a 310’ Bronco and Pony League baseball field. In addition, a large multipurpose field is under construction for field sports. The drawing includes two small fields on the north (left side of plan) that are not proposed to be built at this time. These could be either multi-purpose or small baseball fields. All of the fields will be irrigated and fully lighted for night play. There will also be a concession building with restrooms, a press box area, and a playground. The fields will be seeded with fescue initially and should be ready for play in April, 2010. After the spring season, around mid-June, all fescue will be killed off and bermuda sprigs planted. Fields will be heavily irrigated during the summer of 2010. There will be NO PLAY DURING THIS TIME as the bermuda grass becomes established. The fields should be ready for the Fall 2010 season with new bermuda grass fields! The Town does not run athletic programs, but is interested in partnering with sports organizations such as the Summerfield Recreation Association or others to lease field space. Organizations or teams that are interested in renting the facilities may contact Michael Brandt, Town Manager, at 643-8655.
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28” x 22” - $54 capture your children’s most memorable sports moments on giant wall posters 24” x 36” - $68 from Triad Sign Guys (Posters are printed on photo paper, laminated and applied to 1/4” foamboard.) Brighten up a child’s bedroom, a family room, or den with a giant poster featuring your favorite sports memories. Triad Sign Guys will take your favorite high resolution photos and transform them into wall art... The perfect holiday gift for your child, your spouse, or those proud grandparents. A team poster also makes a great gift for your child’s coach! Posters are available in three sizes...prices and dimensions are listed above. Custom framing is also available at an additional price. Call Triad Sign Guys for details.
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Triad Sign Guys is a custom sign shop with over 25 years of experience in the sign industry. They specialize in creative and eye catching signs and graphics to generate positive results for their clients. Their products include: Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Wraps, Window Graphics, Banners, Lot & Site Signs, Yard Signs, Magnetic Signs, Development Signage, Trade Show Signs and Banner Stands, Directional Signs, Interior Signs, ADA Signs,
Bronze/Cast Plaques, Sandblasted Signs, Dimensional Letters, Channel Letters, Lighted Box Signs, and much more. Visit the store at 2002 New Garden Rd. or call them at:
The Holidays are a time for parties and gift giving. Here are a few holiday gift ideas from SportsKidsPlay® newspaper that you might want to add to your shopping list. Looking for a place to have a holiday party for your family, team, or group? We’ve also listed some local businesses that would be happy to help with your holiday party planning.
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Parisi Speed School Classes
‘A’ Game Book
Proehlific Sports Party
YMCA Pool Party
Get faster this year with speed and conditioning classes at Parisi Speed School. Train an unlimited number of sessions per month for one low price. Now is the time to prepare for your favorite spring sport. Visit the Parisi Speed School at 21-A Oak Branch Drive or call 478-2663 for more information or to schedule a FREE evaluation.
Learn the mental skills to perform at a high level. This book was written by UNCG associate professor, Jennifer L. Etnier. Learn more about the book and where to get it on page 14.
If you’re looking for some healthy fun over the holidays, Proehlific Park has an incredible facility with sports courts, indoor turf field, batting cages, and more! To book a party, contact Proehlific Park Family Sports Complex & Fitness Center, 4517 Jessup Grove Road, Greensboro, at 665-5233 or visit their website at: www.ProehlificPark.com.
Pool parties aren’t just a summer thing. Your family and friends can enjoy a relaxing dip in the Spears YMCA pool all year long - including those cold winter months. The pool and lounge area are ideal for birthday and holiday parties. Contact Rob Overman, the Spears YMCA aquatics director at 387-9622 for details and availability.
Join Flex Tae Kwon Do
Triad Bowling Party
CiCi’s Pizza Party
The holidays season is a great time for kids to get out of the house and get some healthy exercise. A $40 punchcard to the Greensboro Sportsplex will allow your child ten visits. Stop by the Sportsplex at 2400 16th Street to pick up a punchcard or call the Greensboro Sportsplex at 373-3272. Court and Field rentals are also available for parties and practice sessions. Call the Greensboro Sportsplex for details.
A membership at Flex Tae Kwon Do is the perfect gift for the holiday season. Children and adult memberships are available. Get a one month trial membership including a free uniform which can be wrapped and placed under the tree. Call Flex Tae Kwon Do at 545-0688 for more information on its Tae Kwon Do, Aerobic Kickboxing, and Jump Rope Classes. Conveniently located in Greensboro and Jamestown.
Book your next team, family, or business party at Triad Bowling Lanes. Bowling parties are a great way for folks of all ages to enjoy the company of friends, family, and teammates in a fun and casual environment. For details, contact Bob Marino at 292-0181 to book your holiday party. Everything you’ll need, including balls, shoes, food, and beverages are available at Triad Lanes. Take advantage of the valuable coupon offer from Triad Lanes on page 9.
Tired of the same old holiday fare? Bring the entire family to CiCi’s Pizza and enjoy the delicious Pizza, Pasta, Salad and Dessert Buffet! Great for holiday parties, birthday parties, team parties, or any gathering. Clip the coupons from the CiCi Pizza ad on page 3 for some awesome deals! Visit or call your favorite CiC’s Pizza to book a party or to have CiCi’s cater your holiday event. Battleground Avenue: 545-6440; Market Street: 297-4008; Asheboro: 636-5666.
SportsKidsPlay® November-December, 2009
Defend against the “Cold Train” by Gabriel Staub MS RD LDN CSCS Founder of Fuel Factor Fitness and Nutrition It’s first and goal, and the cold-train is coming full steam ahead. Is your immune system ready for a goal line defense? Has the cold-train hit already? Could you have prevented your cold? Are you worried about getting one? Worried about your kids getting sick? Kids don’t always wash their hands or cover their mouths when they have a runny nose. Co-workers may not wash their hands as often as they should either. If you just met me, and noticed that I just coughed into my sleeve, would you shake my hand? The human immune system - What is it? What does it do? And why do we get colds? Well, most people don’t think about that when they start reaching for the box of tissues. And honestly, unless you are a microbiologist, all you really need to know is what foods and actions you should take to prevent a cold. Here is your defense:
“The Defensive Line” - Hand washing If you have germs on your hands from a runny nose, then wash them! The Centers for Disease Controls states this is your best defense since germs are easily transferred between hand-to-hand contacts.
“The Linebackers” – Sleep A January 2009 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found individuals who sleep less than seven hours per day were three times more likely to experience a cold.
“The Defensive Backs & Safeties” – Nutrition & Exercise Strengthen your DB’s with antioxidant and immune strengthening fruits and vegetables such as onions, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, blueberries, papaya, oranges, and apples (yes, that myth is true). Moderate-intense exercise is also beneficial to your body’s defense system.
“The Costly Penalties” – Smoking, Alcohol, Fat, and Sugar Smoking is a 15-yard penalty against your immune system. Excessive alcohol, fat, & sugar will also weaken your defensive front.
“The Defensive Coordinator” – Putting yourself in a position to win Always carry hand sanitizer, wipes, or tissues.
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Get faster this Winter with our Speed & Conditioning Classes! Our program teaches the fundamental aspects of all sports to athletes ages 7 and above! Classes meet weekdays beginning at 4:30 pm and 9:00 am on Saturdays. Call forfor a FREE evaluation! Call a FREE class!
478-2663 www.parisischool.com 21-A Oak Branch Drive â€˘ 1909 Lendew Street