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he road to fitness can be a bumpy ride with lots of twist and turns and often some unintended detours. But the folks at Be Active North Carolina are determined to keep us on the right course. In its article on page 12, Be Active North Carolina explains why physical fitness is so important for all of us and offers some fun and easy ways to get and stay fit. While First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program is the most visible national program to promote physical activity for kids and adults, it’s certainly not the first. In 1953, Dr. Hans Kraus, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at NYU, and an active sportsman, published an influential article describing the declining physical fitness of our increasingly sedentary postwar society. The article got the attention of President Dwight Eisenhower who established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness in 1956. In the same Executive Order, Eisenhower called for the creation of a Citizens Advisory Committee on the Fitness of American Youth. Promoting physical fitness became a major emphasis of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations and in 1966 the Presidential Fitness Award was first introduced. Physical Fitness benefits all segments of society. Eunice Kennedy Shriver (President Kennedy’s sister) founded the Special Olympics to provide physical fitness and competitive sports opportunities for the intellectually challenged. Local Sports Legend, Marty Sheets, participated in the very first International Special Olympics competition in 1968. Since then, he’s travelled throughout the country as a competitor and as an ambassador for that organization. You can read about Marty Sheets’ remarkable life on page 18. But despite the many programs promoting physical fitness, a national obesity epidemic continues. There is no simple solution to the obesity problem but proper nutrition along with regular physical activity are certainly essential elements. The City of Greensboro has done its part to promote physical activity by providing recreation centers, parks, and playgrounds throughout the city. The City recently broke ground on its newest facility at Hilltop Park (see page 8). It will be one of many public and private facilities throughout Greensboro offering a variety of excellent sports and fitness options for both kids and adults. Whether your interest is in basketball, football, soccer, tennis, running, swimming, crossfit, karate, speed & agility, or bowling - fitness opportunities abound. Explore the pages of this issue; many of the programs are featured inside. We hope you find an activity that’s just right for you.


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Though your child seems to be fit and full of energy, have you noticed or has your child complained that he or she gets “winded” after only a few minutes of running? It is unusual for a well conditioned child or active person to quickly fatigue. So if your child is showing these signs, there is a possibility that a common condition called Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA) could be causing the fatigue.”

Parents, even before coaches, may be the first to observe changes in a child’s ability to “keep up” after a few minutes of playing with seemingly normal energy. If this applies to your child, then I hope you will consider taking them to your physician who can assess symptoms and determine the diagnosis and - if necessary - treatment. Asthma is a common illness affecting 14.5 million Americans, including more than 4 million children. There are many forms of asthma, but EIA is one of the most common conditions among active children, adolescents and young adults. Many active people, even Olympic level athletes, may not realize that they have this very treatable medical condition. EIA was even found to occur in 7% of asymptomatic children but this number may be higher since some children with EIA may tend to avoid play. The exact prevalence in athletes is unknown but varies by sport, with basketball, cycling, soccer and long distance running having more frequent occurrences. EIA develops when vigorous physical activity triggers the narrowing of airways that normally dilate or expand during exercise. The athlete experiences chest or throat tightness, coughing or wheezing with strenuous activity like running. Sometimes, their only complaint might be a “bubbly” sensation in their throat followed by shortness of breath. Exercise can be the only stimulus needed for these symptoms to occur but

environmental factors are also important EIA triggers. Cold, dry air as well as tobacco smoke, smog, molds or pollens may aggravate EIA. In essence, it is a reversible airway obstruction that occurs during or after exertion. The exact reason that EIA occurs is still unknown and only theoretical explanations are available. Constriction of the airways and the onset of symptoms usually develop fairly predictably after 6 to 8 minutes of vigorous exercise and the maximum decrease in pulmonary function occurs about 15 minutes after exercise begins. Full lung function returns to its original level 30 to 60 minutes after exercise has ended. “Late response,” a second drop in function can occur 6 to 8 hours after exercise. This occurs in 30% of people with EIA. For those who experience symptoms at the onset of exercise, a critical level of exercise intensity is required, usually greater than 80% of one’s maximum predicted heart rate. In general, interrupted, mild exercise is less likely to cause EIA than continuous, highintensity exercise. Treatment for EIA, once diagnosed, has proven to be very effective. Usually a simple pulmonary function test can be given in the doctor’s office. Oral medications can be prescribed as well as a preventive inhaler that can be used before activity. These medications have a rapid onset of action (5 minutes), produce a prolonged effect (up to 6 hours), and are convenient and easy to use with minimal side effects that are generally manageable.

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It is not unlikely that several players on any one team either have Asthma or EIA or are experiencing breathing difficulties without knowing that they have a problem. So before individuals, parents or coaches conclude that getting “winded” is just because active participants are not in “shape,” we need to consider the potential for Exercise Induced Asthma being the culprit. Be on the lookout for EIA.

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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The Greensboro Aquatic Center GACK! Can we please stop using that unfortunate word?


he Greensboro Aquatic Center is a beautiful facility and one that the citizens of Greensboro can be very proud of. It is one of the finest aquatic facilities in the country and has already attracted several major swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming events. We’re very fortunate to have a facility in Greensboro that offers us the opportunity to host high school and collegiate events, USA Swimming meets, Masters’ swimming meets, and U.S. Water Polo events, as well as local, regional, national and international competitions. The multi-purpose facility also offers therapeutic rehabilitation and “Learn to Swim” classes in conjunction with Guilford County Schools, as well as other instructional programs. No stone was left unturned in planning the Greensboro Aquatic Center - except maybe one; its unfortunate acronym. That acronym, GAC, is often pronounced as a foul-sounding combination of GAG and HACK - the nauseating GACK! The Greensboro Aquatic Center is a very elegant structure, and swimming and diving are very graceful sports, but the word GACK is neither elegant nor graceful. Our beautiful facility deserves a more fitting name than the guttural, onomatopoeic - GACK! The Greensboro Aquatic Center perfectly captures the image of aquatic sports; strong, healthy athletes competing in crystal clear water. Calling it GACK contradicts that image. The word GACK seems more closely related to words like GRIME, or GUNK; maybe it’s that hard G sound. If the world needed a new curse word, GACK would be an excellent choice. The word GACK would be an terrific brand name for some sort of tire repair concoction or for the reintroduction of that gooey child’s product SLIME, but not for a world-class aquatic center.


HAMMERS Summerfield Girls win Softball Crown

The NC Hammers successfully defended their Surfside Beach, South Carolina Fastpitch Title (they won 10U title in 2011) defeating the finalists - Myrtle Beach All-Stars and Coastal Lightning to win the 12U division of the 2012 SUMMER FLAME CLASSIC during their SECOND ANNUAL BEACHBALL TRIP to the area. The Near Downtown Summerfield team (left to right) include: Allie Hogan, Karsen Cass, Katey Sullivan, Krista Jackson, Andra Taylordean, Hannah Eubanks, Jy Martinez, Maggie Horshok, Erin Baer and Elissa Cunane. The local girls had a blast and organized their own Olympic Games while living and playing on the ocean for 10 days. Their Fall Season has already begun.

Not all of my feelings toward the word GACK are negative. I actually have a sentimental attachment to the word. Dr. Seuss was famous for coming up with strange names for his strange creatures. One of those creatures in One fish two fish red fish blue fish was a goat-like animal with antlers. That proud but awkward looking creature was, of course - a GACK. I must have read that book a thousand times and whenever I played a ring tossing game with my kids we called it “Ring the GACK.” But sentiment aside, I suggest that we come up with an alternative to the common use of the word GACK as an abbreviated designation for our beautiful Greensboro Aquatic Center. I realize that with only one syllable, “GACK” is a convenient shorthand version of the longer alternative. But calling it “The Greensboro Aquatic Center” sounds so much better and is much more descriptive. If calling it “The Greensboro Aquatic Center” is too formal or cumbersome, pronouncing the individual letters of its initials offers an excellent compromise - and with a mere three syllables. Calling our aquatic center the “G-A-C” instead of the “GACK” eliminates both the harsh hard G sound and the unpleasant hard C sound, making the name much more pleasing to the ear. The Atlantic Coast Conference is called the “A-C-C” not the“ACK.” Similarly, the NFL, the NBA, the CIA, and the FBI are all recognized by their three letter initials. The NCAA has four letters; the NAACP has five. Those initials seem to work just fine. Old habits die hard but I hope we can begin referring to the Greensboro Aquatic Center by its initials G-A-C instead of calling it the GACK. Maybe then we can turn our attention to the another ill-advised acronym: that of the Specialized Community Area Transportation.


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Healthy Foods: The Affordable Choice By USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon


resh fruits and vegetables? Key elements of a healthy diet, for sure. But many people of modest means, including those served by USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, wonder if they can afford to buy healthy foods like the wonderful fresh produce that can be found in summer abundance at America’s farmers’ markets. As USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I find that perception a source of concern because we work hard to encourage all Americans to

make healthy food choices – particularly those participating in USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, from kids in school to the more than 46 million people participating in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Well, I’m pleased to say that a recent study by USDA’s Economic Research Service, “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price,” found that healthy food choices, like fresh fruits and vegetables, may be more affordable than people think. They found that while it is easy to buy “cheap” calories by using less-healthy foods, there are many healthy food choices that cost no more per portion than less nutritious foods. Measured by the cost per portion, or per pound, grains, vegetables, fruit, and dairy foods are actually less expensive than most protein foods and foods high in saturated fat, added sugars, and/or sodium.

This is great news for all those trying to get by with a limited food budget – like people receiving SNAP benefits. You don’t have to compromise on good nutrition just because money is tight. And just in time for summer. If you haven’t been to one of the nearly 7,200 farmers’ markets across the country, I encourage you to do so. Farmers’ markets offer shoppers a wonderful place to find the fresh fruits and vegetables and other local produce so important to a healthy diet – particularly now when farmers’ markets are practically bursting with a bounty of summer produce. USDA strongly supports farmers’ markets. And the Food and Nutrition Service, which I oversee, has farmers’ market programs for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, for seniors, and for WIC mothers to help provide healthy food for them and their children. We also encourage farmers markets to accept SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, which makes it easier for SNAP participants to make purchases. Farmers markets are the ultimate win-win situation. They’re a win for customers because they can easily buy the freshest produce available. They’re a win for producers because they are a convenient local market for their products. They also provide a chance for customers and producers to meet face to face and build better understanding of community agriculture and what customers want. So visit a local farmers’ market today – you’re in for a treat. And remember, fresh fruits and vegetables are not only the healthy choice – they’re the affordable choice, too.

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CAROLINA P.R.E.P.S 3rd Place in 5th Grade AAU Nationals

The 4-Time NCAAU champs, Carolina P.R.E.P.S., captured 3rd place in the 2012 AAU Division I 5th Grade National Basketball Tournament in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The start-up organization based on the principles from the team’s acronym, Pride, Respect, Education-the Principles for Success, the P.R.E.P.S.‘s core was formed with several pieces from last year’s 4th Grade AAU National Championship runner-up, NC Gaters. The Preps were 53-2 this season losing by a 1 point in overtime and by 2 points. Below are team members from left to right: Nick Brown, Keyshaun Langley, Mike Green, Isaiah Wilkins, Wendell Moore Jr., Jeremiah Wilson, Nicholas Cheeley, Josh Nickelberry and Kobe Langley Not Pictured Coaches: Clyde Brown, Darryl Cheeley, Keyford Langley and Wendell Moore, Sr.

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Competitive athletic opportunities for homeschooled students. The North Carolina homeschooling movement developed steadily over the past 25 years into a strong educational alternative. At the same time, there has been a lag in the development of comprehensive and ongoing competitive athletics program for area homeschoolers. Programs offered were primarily for boys, and the participation opportunities were generally limited, sporadic and loosely structured. In the past, homeschool athletic programs were hindered by insufficient players (or opposing teams); lack of suitable facilities; instability in coaching (primarily volunteer parents); and a lack of long-term planning. The GC-HEAT Association was created to address these and other important issues. GC-HEAT (the Guilford County Home Educators’ Athletic Teams) is a not-for-profit organization which relies on the cooperation and participation of member families. The organization hopes to develop programs and integrate currently existing (but previously independently structured and/or affiliated) homeschool athletic teams in the Guilford County area. It also hope to expand

into new sports as appropriate and possible. Eventually, the program hopes to standardize the HEAT name and its red, white, and blue team uniform colors for all of its athletic teams. An additional objective is to encourage development of honorable character qualities and leadership skills, within a team environment, that will attempt to honor and glorify Christ. Participation is open to families of all races and religious backgrounds. The GC-HEAT Association (and all teams and activities) will be governed by policies based on traditional biblical values and principles. Members and participating families will agree to abide by and submit to these guidelines if they choose to be involved in the GC-HEAT program For the 2012-2013 season, the focus will be on boys and girls M/S, JV, and varsity basketball; boy’s baseball; maybe girl’s and boy’s soccer; and, maybe boy’s golf. An existing boy’s football team may be integrated into its organization in the near future, as well. To learn more, please visit the GC-HEAT website at:

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Phase I of the Hilltop Park includes construction of a 15,000 sq. ft. recreation center with a gymnasium, a fitness center, several multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, and adjacent parking. Phase II amenities (as bond funds become available) will include an outdoor skate park, a sprayground, an off-leash dog park, a concession area with restrooms, walking trails and an indoor rock climbing wall at the new recreation center.

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Former Tarheel standout supports area youth through sponsorship


eam Felton Basketball is an elite amateur basketball program that promotes its athletes through participation in local, state and national tournaments. Through continued exposure, Team Felton strives to help its players reach their basketball goals. The group provides an outlet for amateur athletes to pursue academic and sports excellence through personal accountability, dedication, hard work and loyalty. Established in 2010, Team Felton Basketball was founded by former North Carolina Tarheel and current NBA star, Raymond Felton. The team is sponsored by Felton and Adidas. Fredrick Cannon is director of Team Felton and also serves as head coach of its 14U team. Team Felton also has a 13U and a 12U team. It has been a very busy and successful year for Team Felton. The 14U team (graduation class of 2016) finished the season 31-4, winning championships at the Big Shots Clemson University Showcase tournament, the Big Shots Rock Hill Showcase tournament and the Myrtle Beach Session 1 Showcase tournament. They just ended their season with a top eight at the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas. The 13U team (graduation class of 2017) finished its season with a 31-9 record, Season highlights included a Top 5 at the NC AAU State tournament and earned a 5th place finish at the AAU Division 1 Nationals. The team also earned a 2nd place finish in the 14-U USSSA Division 1 State tournament. The 12U team (graduation Class of 2018) also brought home some hardware with a Top 5 finish in the North Carolina AAU State tournament and a 3rd place finish in the AAU Nationals Classic Bracket. You can contact Team Felton on Facebook at Team Felton Basketball, on Twitter at teamfeltonball, and through instagram at team_felton. Congratulations to all the Team Felton players and coaches!

Team Roster: Jayce Wolfe Darriel Brown Darian Slade Jerick Haynes Jayden Maynor Kaymon Mitchell Devon Woods Avery Metcalf Brian Britt Akeem Tate Simeon Gatling Jeremiah Brown Cameron Hairston CeDarius Dockery Jalek Felton Jamie Newman

Head Coach: Fredrick Cannon, Assistant Coaches: Brent Hinson, Robert Johnson, Wayne Pryor Team Roster: James Watson Jr. Will Dillard Shammond Hicks Jordan Perkins Hendon Hooker Myles White Reggie Davis Ramone Pratt Justice Goodloe Johnathan Martinez


Head Coach: Clarence Waddell Jr., Assistant Coach: Jimmy Walden (Raymond Felton joined the team for this picture. He’s in the black shirt, left of center in the middle row.) Team Roster: DJ Crossen Daylon McBryde Justin Lucas Trevon Simmons Montez Venable Landon Johnson Austin Inge Javonte Hines Kirye Smith Josh Fraizer Cooper Wall

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Ready to Roll Bringing Bowling to Guilford County Schools


ale Kelly is a man on a mission. For the past four years, Kelly, a local businessman and avid bowler, has been working with the Guilford County School Board and five local bowling centers to create competitive bowling teams in area high schools. Kelly worked tirelessly to convince the school board that bowling offers advantages for students. Not only does bowling provide kids with a fun and healthy sports alternative but it can be financially rewarding, as well. One of the great benefits of membership in the United States Bowling Council (USBC) is the chance to earn college scholarships. There is more than $6 million in scholarship money offered each season by bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States.

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With the support of local bowling center managers and interested parents, Kelly was able to convince the school board that by offering high school bowling, schools were providing scholarship opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Kelly’s entire motivation is in helping kids. And kids love to bowl - as a survey of kids’ top twenty favorite sports showed. Bowling ranked sixth among middle schoolers and seventh among high school students in the survey of local school children. Last school year, for the first time, the school board agreed to offer club bowling two days a month for four months. From November through February schools provided bus transportation to and from the bowling centers for bowling club activities. Once at the bowling centers, students received free bowling, free shoes, free balls and free coaching from volunteer bowling instructors. A comprehensive curriculum has even been developed. Students not only learn bowling skills, but are taught about safety and bowling etiquette and even tour the entire facility to see and understand the inner workings of a modern bowling center. Each of the five bowling centers was assigned three high schools. Gate City Lanes hosts Northwest, Northern, and Ragsdale High Schools; High Point Lanes has Andrews, High Point Central, and Southeast; Tarheel Bowling has Southwest, Southern, and Western; AMF hosts Eastern, Dudley, and Smith while bowlers from Page, Grimsley, and Northeast compete at Gate City Lanes. While Kelly is excited with the progress, it’s not yet where he wants it to be. “I’d really like to get kids started in middle school,” Kelly said, “to start a good progression into high school bowling.” But Kelly remains optimistic about high school bowling in Guilford County. Right now bowling is a club activity in schools but Kelly’s aim and the goal of local bowling centers is to make bowling a varsity sport with competitions among schools. “Several counties in North Carolina already offer competitive bowling and many states have high school varsity bowling programs with regional and state championship events,” Kelly said. Last year the schools came to the centers on different days, but Kelly envisions bringing teams from different schools in on the same day and keeping score. He excited about the prospects that competition would bring. “Can you imagine bringing the Page-Grimsley rivalry to the bowling centers and the kind of excitement it would bring.” If Dale Kelly has anything to say about it, that day may be coming sooner than you think.


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Young Athletes in Junior Olympics Area track clubs compete in USA Track and Field championship


he 46th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships was held at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, July 23-29. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Some of our future stars may be from right here in Greensboro. Entry to the national championship meet was based on performance at preliminary, association, and regional levels of the USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition took place in six (6) two-year age divisions, with athletes between the ages of 7 and 18. Athletes practiced and competed throughout the summer for a chance to compete in Baltimore. For several young Greensboro athletes, the hard work paid off.

Rising 9th grader Nolan Cook, of the Greensboro Pacesetters, in only his first year of track, ran an astounding 4:15.86 to place second in the country in the youth boys 1500 meters. He also ran a 9:18 in the 3000 to place fourth and a 2:06 in the 800, finishing 9th. Blair Ramsey, another rising 9th grader, also had an outstanding meet, finishing second in the intermediate girls 3000 meters with a time of 10:30 and placing fifth in the 1500 meters. Tori Martin ran some excellent times for the Pacesetters, and finished the season in second place on the club all-time record list in both the youth girls 1500 and 3000. In the young men’s 2000 meter steeplechase, Clayton Wilson placed eighth and ran a very fast 4:06 in the 1500 meter run. Bryant Halsch placed tenth for the Pacesetters in the intermediate boys 2000 meter steeplechase and Jason Crump finished 15th in the midget boys pentathlon. Platinum Sports Academy, coached by Jonathan Sherbourne, sent several athletes to the Nationals. Caitlyn Michalski placed ninth in the young girls pentathlon and also competed in the 100 meter hurdles. Alyson Davis made it to the semifinals in the 100 meter run and teammate Christel Molnor competed in the intermediate girls high jump. McKinley McNeill placed

seventh in the young girls 400 meter run. Also qualifying for nationals was high jumper Myles Lazarou who had a personal best of 6’4” this season. The Greensboro Champions

Nolan Cook of the Greensboro Pacesetters competed in both the 1500 and 3000 meter runs at the USA Track & Field National Championships.

had just one athlete attending the Nationals this year. Dejah Hayes, an outstanding triple jumper, competed in the young women’s division. Congratulations to all of our Junior Olympic athletes!

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BE ACTIVE Youth Physical Activity Children are meant to be in motion. Therefore, they need even more activity than adults to stay healthy. Yet 54 percent of children in North Carolina are considered physically inactive and more than one-third are carrying excess weight. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommends that children and teens take part in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Physical activity is a critical component of wellness. It not only helps youth maintain a healthy weight but it also increases mental alertness, reduces anxiety, improves self-esteem and generates academic stepping stones for youth. Overweight children face many of the same chronic problems that overweight adults do, including Type II diabetes – a diagnosis that was unheard of in children a generation ago. However, studies show that increased physical activity in youth can prevent or delay diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Regular physical activity in children tends to build confidence in their physical abilities and a foundation for a physically active life. When children are encouraged and provided appropriate activities, there is a greater chance that as they age, they will continue to build on their skills and abilities to seek out opportunities to be physically active. ________________________________________ Source: Be Active North Carolina. Tipping the Scales: The High Cost of Unhealthy Behavior in North Carolina, 2012 –

The Five Components of Fitness True fitness is more than just meeting the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Fitness is the ability to balance five components - cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and body composition. Cardiovascular Endurance: The efficiency of the heart to pump blood and other nutrients to the working muscles. Examples: running, jumping, swimming, biking and jumping rope. Muscle Strength: The ability of muscles to exert force repeatedly over time. Examples: lifting one’s own body weight on playground equipment, doing sit-ups or pull-ups or for older children lifting weights or using resistance bands. (It is not recommended that young children take part in weight lifting exercise.) Muscle Endurance: The ability of muscles to exert force over a given time or repetitively without fatigue. Examples: playing sports like basketball or soccer. Flexibility: The range of movement or motion that the body performs. Adding a stretching routine before activity can increase flexibility. Body Composition: A comparison of fat to bone, muscle, and other vital body parts. Checking body composition regularly is a helpful way to monitor progress in other areas of physical fitness.

What is Skill Related Fitness? Skill related fitness is physical fitness that helps to improve performance or motor skills. Skill related fitness includes coordination, balance, agility, power, speed, and reaction time. Coordination: The ability to use senses and body parts together to perform tasks smoothly and accurately. Balance: The ability to maintain equilibrium while standing or moving. Agility: The ability to change the position of the body quickly and accurately. Power: The ability to exert muscle force quickly. Speed: The ability to perform a movement in a short amount of time. Reaction Time: The time it takes from stimulation to reaction. ________________________________________ Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport Research Digest. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.

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BE ACTIVE Encouraging Youth Activity in a Positive Way It is important to get children active and engaged in fitness through fun activities that are both adult-led (structured) and child-led (unstructured). By doing so, children are more likely to transfer physically active lifestyles from childhood to adulthood. When engaging young children in fitness activities: Avoid: • Using exercise or fitness activities as punishment. • Making fitness about competition. • Participating in fitness activities and testing without appropriate warm-up. • Fitness testing in a public setting (for younger children). • Reporting fitness scores publicly. • Interpreting fitness scores based on norms. Encourage: • The use of fitness results to set goals. • The connection of fitness activities to lifelong learning benefits. • Sharing fitness scores with parents and families. • Interpreting fitness scores based on individual goals and progress. Applying appropriate practices to youth fitness increases the likelihood that youth will view them as fun and positive. ________________________________________ Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport Research Digest. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.

10 Ways to Be More Active at Your Child’s Sporting Events 1. 2.

Walk around the field while your child is taking part in practice or a game. Bring small weights and other small fitness equipment to use outside your car during games and practices. 3. Coach the team or get involved in practices! 4. Use the bleachers and do exercises while you watch (dips, leg extensions, squats, etc.) 5. Be the team’s biggest fan; stand-up and do a cheer for each player. 6. Park far away from the field of play, and walk there! 7. Walk or ride bikes with your child to and from practice and games. 8. Go to the gym while your child is playing a sport or taking swim lessons. 9. Take your shoes and go for a jog around the nearest neighborhood. 10. Walk the family dog. ________________________________________

About Be Active North Carolina Be Active North Carolina is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to empowering North Carolinians to live healthy, physically active lives. Be Active offers the tools and support to make getting physically active convenient and fun. Through community engagement, education, continual support and encouragement, Be Active is determined to help one million North Carolinians become more active, more often. Be Active reaches youth in schools and afterschool groups through the Be Active Schools program. The program focuses on changing the environment of the school to make physical activity the norm, not the exception. Be Active Schools also provides training and resources to help create physically active environments. In 2010, Be Active began working with the University of NC at Greensboro (UNCG) on a program that promotes physical activity for people living and working in the Triad region. Contact Be Active NC at (919) 287-7000, email or visit

B ayyinah R amzah : Fit Chick on the move by Kia L. Mason


ayyinah Ramzah, or BeBe as she’s affectionately known, swears she has Adult ADHD. As a mother, entrepreneur, coach, ambassador, exercise instructor, advocate and much much more, the Detroit, MI native says her passion for kids, fitness, and running has left her practically restless. Her enthusiasm for all things fitness was ignited when she discovered at the age of 19 that she had High Blood Pressure (HBP). “Because I was so young and didn’t know much about High Blood Pressure,” explains Ramzah. “I didn’t do the things I needed to do in order to control my blood pressure.” In an effort to manage her HBP, BeBe was prescribed various medications, which often left her with dizzy spells, nauseousness, and blinding headaches. “One particular time I went to the hospital and the doctor told me I was pretty much a walking stroke,” adds Ramzah. In an unfortunate twist of irony, soon after her doctor’s proclamation BeBe’s dad suddenly passed away from complications of a stroke and HBP. “That was my biggest turning point,” BeBe tearfully adds. “I knew that was the road I was heading down, so I knew I had to make a total change.” That change meant a transformation in BeBe’s eating and working out regiment. “I started going to the gym and working out five days a week,” explains BeBe. “I was running four days a week just trying to get my blood pressure under control and that’s really when I discovered my love running.” BeBe’s love for running, health and fitness has now lead her on a lifelong mission to motivate and empower youth, especially girls on the importance of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. “I finally realized that exercising and eating right were the key to me controlling my blood pressure. So it was important for me to teach girls about prevention and not just waiting until they are faced with possible chronic illnesses such as hypertension or diabetes.” In September of 2011, BeBe founded Fit Chicks Movement, a non-profit 501-C3 organization that uses distance running as a

platform to teach girls healthy living habits. Beyond training and competing in various races, the girls in the program also learn nutritional information and ideal eating methods. “I want to make sure to keep it fun for them as well,” explains BeBe. “I don’t want exercise to be something they dread. It should be something we get up and do the same way we brush our teeth, take a shower and put on clothes in the morning” This past spring BeBe launched the Couch to 5K program, which was designed to get girls off the couch and on the run. Girls trained at the Bryan Family YMCA for 12 weeks before participating in the Eggstravanganza 5K run. “For me, it’s not just teaching them to run,” explains BeBe. “But the whole experience itself instills a self-confidence within the girls and builds their self-esteem and self-respect.” BeBe also kicked-off a Fit Kidz Boot Camp this past spring at the Bryan YMCA. It’s a program she’s looking to get into the Guilford County Schools’ after-school programs as well. “Again I want to make the boot camp fun for them,” explains BeBe. “So we have music and the kids rotate to different stations. It’s all about fighting fat and killing calories and putting an end to childhood obesity!” For all of her accomplishments and efforts, BeBe was recently bestowed a tremendous honor when she was named a 2012-13 American Heart Association Go Red For Women Ambassador. Through the Guilford Go Red For Women, BeBe will join with other women to share their stories throughout the community on a mission to combat heart disease and promote heart health. To learn more about all of BeBe’s awesome ventures on behalf of kids’ health, visit the following:

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MEET 2012 Final Team Standings


Friendly Frogs win the first City Swim Meet ever at the Greensboro Aquatic Center!


t was a record-smashing July weekend at the Greensboro Aquatic Center as swimmers took advantage of the fast water to post record times in several events. With thunderstorms during the Thursday evening session and temperatures reaching 100 degrees over the weekend, swimmers were happy to be safely indoors in the air-conditioned comfort of the new facility. The Friendly Frogs defended their title as City Meet Champions in dominating fashion, outscoring second place Greensboro Country Club by over 300 points. Percy Gates once again led the Frogs by winning each of his three individual events - two in record breaking times. He also anchored the winning 15-19 freestyle relay team to help secure Friendly’s third title in four years. He had a lot of help from Graham Hertweck, who also won three events, and from record-breaking performances by Natalie Harris and Natalie Labonge. Harris set a new mark in the 15-19 50 yard backstroke and Labonge in the 15-19 100 yard freestyle. Tucker Mitchell and Sydney

2012 Golden Swimmers Emily Schoonhagen 12 Green Valley Corinne Martin 14 Caitlin Casazza 16 Mary Catherine Hoover 8 Percy Gates 18 Clay Hering 14 Graham Hertweck 12 Andrew Taylor 10 Wyatt Guthrie 10 Mary MacBradshaw 10 Patrick Sullivan 14 Soveig Anderson 6

Bur Mil High Point Elks Hamilton Lakes Friendly Sherwood Friendly Greensboro C.C. Lawndale Friendly Greensboro C.C. Greensboro C.C.

Golden Swimmer awards are presented to swimmers for winning each of their individual events.

Goetz also contributed big individual wins in the Frogfest. Andrew Taylor helped the Greensboro Country Club to its runner-up spot with three first place finishes. The GCC relay team of Lucy Pearce, Olivia Johnson, Elizabeth Baker, and Copeland Jones also set a new record in the girls 13-14 medley relay. Baker and Hunter Oehmig each had wins in the 13-14 breastroke to help the balanced Blue Dolphin swimmers put on another strong showing. Mary Catherine Hoover ran the table for Hamilton Lakes, propelling the Hornets to a third place finish. She and her 8U teammates also swam to victory in both relay events. Kendall Gregory and Jonathan Rogers also contributed wins and Charlie Stowers scored significant points to lead the Hamilton Lakes charge. Lake Jeanette moved up two slots from last year with individual wins by Maggie Farrell, Hannah Martin and Mackenzie Campbell. Martin set a new city meet mark in winning the womens 15-19 50 yard freestyle. A win by the 15-19 men’s medley relay team also helped the Lightning on their way to an impressive fourth place finish. Right behind them were the Gators of Green Valley, paced by Emily Schoonhagen, who won all three of her events, including a new meet record in the 11-12 girls IM, and Heather Sigmon who broke the 13-14 girls backstroke record. Schoonhagen also joined teammates Maddie Smith, Avery Belk, and Jackie Ognovich in breaking meet records in both the 11-12 women’s medley and freestyle relays. Caitlin Casazza of the High Point Elks continued her winning ways. For the third year in a row, Casazza won each of her three individual events - the 50 yard breaststroke, 50 yard butterfly and 100 yard individual medley -

and for the third year in a row set meet records in each. Jeff Jones, Bo Bolick, and Zack Casazza also got wins for the herd. Clay Herring led Sherwood to its seventh place finish by winning three events including a spectacular record-breaking 100 yard freestyle. Other big Sherwood wins came from Stanford Stahl in the 8U breaststroke and Reid Mikuta in the 9-10 breaststroke. The Greensboro Elks were led by Ian Robinson, with outstanding individual swims and an anchor leg on the winning 1112 boys freestyle relay. Bur Mil moved up in the standings on the strength of Corinne Martin’s three individual wins, and wins by Cole Petersen, and Corinne Davenport. Adams Farm also made the top ten and got individual championships from Meredith McGill and Hope Carpenter. There were many other notable performances during the weekend event. Among those were individual wins by Omega Pinnix, Randy Chen, and Robert Tars of the YMCA Bears. Tars also broke a long-standing record in the 25 yard freestyle. Congratulations to all of the swimmers who participated and made the first City Meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center such a huge success.

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2012 Record Breakers Girls 13-14 50 Yard Backstroke Heather Sigmon Green Valley - 28.29 Womens 15-19 50 Yard Backstroke Natalie Harris Friendly - 27.45 Boys 13-14 100 Yard Freestyle Clay Herring, Sherwood - 49.00 Womens 15-19 50 Yard Breaststroke Caitlin Casazza High Point Elks - 29.59 Girls 11-12 200 Yard Medley Relay Emily Schoonhagen, Maddie Smith, Avery Belk, Jackie Ognovich Green Valley - 2:04.18 Girls 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay Lucy Pearce, Elizabeth Baker, Olivia Johnson, Copeland Jones, Greensboro C.C. - 1:57.75 Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Butterfly Mary Catherine Hoover Hamilton Lakes 15.71 Womens 15-19 50 Yard Butterfly Caitlin Casazza High Point Elks - 25.16 Mens 15-19 50 Yard Butterfly Percy Gates Friendly - 22.84 Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle Robert Tars, YMCA - 14.26 Womens 15-19 50 Yard Freestyle Hannah Martin, Lake Jeanette - 24.31 Girls 11-12 100 Yard Individual Medley Emily Schoonhagen Green Valley- 1:03.74 Womens 15-19 100 Yard Individual Medley Caitlin Casazza High Point Elks - 58.48 Mens 15-19 100 Yard Individual Medley Percy Gates Friendly - 53.44

A young Friendly Frog swimmer helps with a coach’s frog costume as they prepare to march into the Greensboro Aqutics Center for the annual City Meet parade of teams.

Girls 11-12 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Emily Schoonhagen, Maddie Smith, Avery Belk, Jackie Ognovich Green Valley - 1:50.68

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Please welcome Dr. John Hewitt...

the newest physician on the Greensboro Orthopaedics staff! Dr. Hewitt is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Accounting. He worked in public accounting before beginning his medical career. He received his M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1999. Dr. Hewitt completed his surgical internship, a research fellowship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center. He then went on to serve four years in the US Navy as an orthopaedic surgeon. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal three times for service in Cuba, Spain, Kuwait and Beaufort, SC. He returned to North Carolina in 2009 and completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery at Duke University Medical

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Center. His fellowship focused on diagnosis and treatment of complex foot and ankle deformities and injuries including total ankle replacements. Dr. Hewitt joined Greensboro Orthopaedics in 2012 after practicing in Greensboro for two years. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders and injuries. Dr. Hewitt’s non-professional activities include running and cycling. When not out on the roads, he can often be found pacing the sidelines at his kids’ athletic events. He is married to the former Andrea Edwards. They reside in Greensboro and have two children, David and Kate.


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hat is CrossFit? Some call it the Sport of Fitness. CrossFit Greensboro, located at 901-E Norwalk Avenue in Greensboro, describes CrossFit in 100 words:

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean & jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, pushups, sit-ups, pressed to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc., hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.

Training is a family affair at CrossFit Greensboro.

John Meeks of CrossFit Greensboro has been involved in CrossFit training for several years. During that time CrossFit has grown from a intense exercise routine with a few passionate followers to a booming international sport. Last month, Meeks, and his business partner, Bruce Fields, took a team of athletes to the Reebok CrossFit Games in Los Angeles. Meek’s CrossFit Greensboro team won the regional competition in Washington D.C. to qualify as one of the top 40 teams in the country. Over 60,000 nationwide, participated in qualifying events for the CrossFit Games. CrossFit evolved from an esoteric fitness regimen to a strength and conditioning program preparing athletes for other sports. Today, CrossFit has become a sport in itself - one of the fastest growing in the country! With its growth in popularity, CrossFit competitions have increased - and youth competitions are one of its fastest growing components. In addition to adult programs, Meeks trains youth from ages 8-13. Kids focus on athletic skill development, a big part of which is learning body control. Safety is always a major emphasis and athletes are taught the proper techniques for safe strength and agility training. With 1,000 square feet of Olympic lifting platform and thousands of pounds of weights,

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Young Oak Ridge athletes also have an opportunity to participate in CrossFit training with the construction of a brand new, fully equipped CrossFit facility. Mustang Fitness, one of the largest CrossFit facilities in the country, is located across from the Oak Ridge baseball fields and offers both adult and youth CrossFit training programs. The facility will also offer spin classes, fitness dance, kids speed and strength programs, nutrition counseling, and Pilates. The 12,000 square foot indoor training facility includes a full Olympic weight training area and a full CrossFit set up with Concept II Rowers, Olympic weights, kettlebells, med balls, climbing ropes, custom made pull-up bars and gymnastic rings. The facility also has two outdoor fields for soccer, golf frisbee, or other sports.

Owners, Mark Smith and Chad Gimbert will be happy to lease the facility for team training and practices. Anyone interested in learning more about CrossFit Oak Ridge may contact Mark at (336)384-4908 or visit the website at

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New 12,000 square foot facility will be packed with equipment for CrossFit and other fitness programs.

CrossFit Oak Ridge offers training for everyone.

A few of our customers: • NC A&T University • Proehlific Park • Northern H.S. • Grimsley H.S. • Randleman H.S. • Rockingham County H.S. • University of Alabama • New York Yankees • Pittsburgh Steelers

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Brent Hinson:

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Tell me a little about the Raymond Felton team? We have three AAU teams that Raymond Felton sponsors - A U12 team, a U13 team and a U14 team. Most of the kids are from right here in the Greensboro area. Our 12’s played their nationals in Hampton Beach, Va. and the 13’s played their national tournaments in Memphis and Myrtle Beach. Raymond Felton was at the U13 tournament and sat in the front row. He talked to the team before the games and the kids were really excited to play with him in the crowd. After the game he stayed around and talked to each kid individually. It was a great

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What style of basketball do you coach? Up-tempo and pressure defense. That’s our style. We like to move the ball up and down the court. What basketball skills do you try to teach your players.? Basic fundamentals. We like to emphasize the fundamentals with our players. Kids need to learn the proper form and footwork needed to play at the next level. A kid can get by on natural talent for a while but it eventually catches up with you. If you don’t learn the basic skills when you’re young it’s really hard to be successful as you move up to high school and college ball. What other things do you try to teach your players? That basketball is a just stepping-stone. Very few players are going to make it to play basketball in college or in the NBA. Basketball is just a way to expose kids to other things that will make them successful. Without basketball I don’t know where I’d be right now. Basketball has helped me a lot in all areas of life and that’s what I try to teach my kids. What advice do you have for kids who want to play basketball? Work hard and be yourself. Everyone has a talent for something, you just have to work hard and be the best you can be. I also try to remind my players that just one mistake can change your life. You have to be very careful about the choices you make and don’t let others pressure into making bad decisions. You also need to respect your teammates and your coaches. Even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time, your coaches are interested in your success. And one of the main things I like to stress with my players is never burn bridges. You never know when you might need the help of a former coach or teacher. It’s always a good idea to maintain good relationships with people. What advice do you have for parents of kids who want to play basketball? Let the kids be kids and have fun. They’re out there playing to have fun and learn skills that will help them later in life. Things like teamwork, communication skills, leadership and how to be good citizens. Basketball has helped me in so many ways and that’s what I try to show the parents. Basketball is great way to teach kids about all areas of life.

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rent Hinson has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember. He was three or four when he first started lacing’em up. That was back at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA where he first learned the sport. He also played football, baseball, and soccer as a little kid, but basketball was always his first love. Back in those days, like most young kids, he wanted to “be like Mike.” From kindergarten through eighth grade, he attended school at East Market Street Seventh Day Adventist (now Napoleon B. Smith School). The school didn’t offer sports until they started a basketball team his eighth grade year but Hinson played a lot of YMCA and AAU basketball. He played for Freddy Johnson’s Greensboro Gaters as a 10 and under. The team finished second in the country that year. He was tall as a 10-year-old and played power forward and center. As his height stabilized, he eventually moved to point guard, where he played in high school, first at Dudley High School and later at Smith High School. After high school he played at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. Hinson was first approached about coaching basketball by his former high school coach, Art Wade. Though he had never really considered coaching, he quickly realized that this might be his calling. He didn’t hesitate when Coach Wade asked him to interview for the head coach position at Guilford Middle School. His first year, the team finished 9-5 and he hasn’t looked back. In addition to coaching school ball, he was urged by parents to start up a travel team. His Roots Rockin’ All Stars borrowed its name from a team he once played on for his father, James Hinson. That first team won the 2011 USSSA Silver National Championship. Today, Hinson is still the Guilford Middle School coach and also serves as an assistant coach for NBA star Raymond Felton’s AAU 14U team, based in Greensboro. Between AAU tournaments in Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas, we spoke to Brent about coaching youth sports.


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Multi-Sport Special Olympics Athlete

Marty Sheets

tories of his incredible achievements could easily fill a book and yet many in his hometown may not know the story of one of Greensboro’s most remarkable athletes. Marty Sheets grew up in Greensboro and graduated in special education from Smith High School in 1972. A long-time employee of Hecht’s Department Store (later Macy’s), this man has met hundreds of celebrities, and has spoken with professional athletes, dignitaries - and even the President of the United States - during his long athletic career. Marty Sheets’ rise to fame began in 1968 when he and four other athletes were selected to represent North Carolina and the USA in the first International Special Olympics competition, held at Soldier’s Field in Chicago. Unfortunately he became ill after arriving in Chicago and wasn’t able to compete in his freestyle swimming event. He recovered to attend the post-event athlete banquet where he was personally awarded a Special Olympics Gold Medal by the group’s founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. That was the beginning of a long association with Special Olympics and a lasting friendship with Mrs. Shriver and the Shriver family. Two years later he was selected to return to Chicago for the second International Special Olympics World Games and this time swam his events - returning with a first place blue ribbon in the 50 freestyle and a second place red ribbon in the 25 freestyle. When the Special Olympics introduced its Winter competition in 1977, Sheets traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he competed in skiing. After training for several months in Boone, North Carolina, Marty Sheets won bronze medals in flat track slalom and downhill slalom. He also had the opportunity to meet and ski with Olympic gold medalist, Billy Kidd. In 1987 the Summer International Special Olympics Games were held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Sheets was chosen to join singer John Denver in leading the USA delegation into the stadium for opening ceremonies. He also met Olympic gymnasts Bart Conner and Mary Lou Retton, race driver Cale Yarborough and several other celebrities during the event. Sheets competed in tennis skills and won the gold medal. His biggest thrill, however, was meeting and playing tennis with the great Arthur Ashe. Sheets and his partner ended up winning the match against Ashe and his partner! Four years later, Marty Sheets was back on the road, this time as a weightlifter, competing in the Special Olympics Games in Minneapolis. While

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there, he lifted weights with former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and met several sports personalities, including NFL Hall of Famer, Lynn Swann. Sheets earned bronze medals in the weightlifting competition but also attended the first golf clinic ever held for Special Olympics athletes. That clinic introduced Sheets to a sport that would be a big part of his life for many years to come. In 1993 Sheets received a plaque from North Carolina Special Olympics, honoring him for his participation in the first-ever International Special Olympics Games and for 25 years of competing in the program. That same year, Sheets was invited to play in golf tournament in Connecticut as part of a Special Olympics World Games fund raiser. He played on the same course that hosts the PGA’s Hartford Open. He toured the state capital while there and even met Governor Lowell Wicker. His interest in golf eventually earned him a position as the Athlete Representative on the International Special Olympics Golf Committee. In that capacity, Sheets was often invited to speak about his Special Olympics experiences at clinics, to demonstrate golf shots and to present awards on behalf of the committee. He was once challenged by PGA Professional, Eric Wilson, to sink 100 putts in a row from a distance of three feet. Wilson offered to pay him $100 if he could do it before the next committee meeting. One day, while practicing with his father, Sheets sank 74 in a row before missing. Rather than giving up, he started over and made 100 in a row. He had made 174 or 175 putts! At their next meeting, he collected the $100, which he promptly donated to the Special Olympics Golf Committee. Over the years, Sheets has participated in many other golf fund raisers for Special Olympics. In 1995 Sheets was one of four Special Olympics athletes invited to participate in the US Healthcare Celebrity Golf Classic in Middlefield, Connecticut. The highlight of his weekend was when he and a some other Special Olympics athletes got to play a few holes of golf with the legendary Gary Player. Sheets also sponsored holes at various tournaments and contributed money that he earned at his job to Special Olympics projects. As a volunteer scoresign bearer at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, Marty Sheets walked the course with some of golf’s greatest players. Playing and working at tournaments, Sheets developed friendships with several PGA Tour Professionals. Fuzzy Zoeller, Kenny Perry, and Peter Jacobson became some of his favorite golfers.

When the Special Olympics World Games were held in New Haven, Connecticut in 1995, Marty Sheets and his parents, David and Iris, were selected to join President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton in the Presidential Box during Opening Ceremonies. Sheets presented the President with a North Carolina Special Olympics pin and he and his parents got a chance to speak to both the President and Mrs. Clinton and to have their photo taken with them. During the Opening Ceremonies, Marty Sheets sat right next to Pele, the most famous soccer player in the world, and directly behind the Presidential couple and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Sheets’ success in athletic competition and his selfless community service were rewarded in 1996 when The Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games selected Sheets as one of its “community heroes” to serve as a torch bearer as the Olympic Torch passed through Greensboro prior to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. It was one of his proudest moments. As the crowd of over 10,000 chanted “USA...USA,” Sheets ran through the downtown streets, torch held high. When he reached the Olympic Cauldron he was pumping the torch into the air, whipping the crowd into a wild frenzy. A thunderous roar erupted when Marty Sheets finally lit the Olympic Flame. 1999 was another big year for Marty Sheets. Raleigh had been chosen as the site of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games and Sheets, who had been selected to compete as a power lifter, was very busy making personal appearances and giving speeches to promote the event. As one of the original Special Olympics World Games athletes in 1968, Sheets had become somewhat of a celebrity, speaking at benefits and fundraisers and being featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television. He would often wear the gold medal that Mrs. Shriver had awarded him thirty years earlier. In the power lifting events that year, Sheets competed against much younger athletes, but still managed to win a silver medal in the Bench Press competition. Marty Sheets grew up right along with the Special Olympics movement. When Eunice Kennedy Shriver convened the first Special Olympics Games in 1968 it was just seven weeks after her younger brother, Robert Kennedy, had been assassinated in Los Angeles. A very small crowd gathered to watch the events, while just around 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada marched in the Opening Ceremonies. Mrs. Shriver boldly predicted that one million intellectually challenged individuals would one day compete.

That number is now well over three million Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and 181 countries who compete year round. Marty Sheets has had an incredible athletic career. Over the years he has competed in local, state, national and international competitions and has collected over 250 medals in various sports. More recently, in 2009, Sheets was playing golf with his father at Oak Hollow Golf Course and couldn’t find the ball on the green after his tee shot. They finally looked in the cup and there it was Marty Sheets had made a hole-in-one! But his athletic accomplishments are only part of Marty Sheets’ remarkable story. Sheets has traveled all over the country attending events, recruiting volunteers, and representing the Special Olympics cause. He has donated not only his time but his own money to help give back to the community. His example and service to the community have been an inspiration to many. He has received several service awards including The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award presented to him by Governor James Hunt in 2000 and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the NC Employment Network of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. His long service to the Wyndham Championship was recognized when he won the national Volunteer of the Year Award from the PGA Tour in 2006. A member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Sheets was ordained an honorary Elder in 2007 and a room in the church was remodeled and named “Marty’s Room” in his honor. A soon-to-be inductee into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, Marty Sheets has lived his life in the spirit of the Special Olympics oath: Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt. Today, a portrait of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver hangs in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Five athletes were selected to be included in the portrait. One of those five is Greensboro’s Marty Sheets - a true Sports Legend!

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LEGEND Marty Sheets and his family developed a lasting friendship with the Shriver family through Special Olympics. When Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s portrait was commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery, five Special Olympic athletes were chosen to be included. Greensboro’s Marty Sheets was honored as one of those five.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver by David Lenz; 2009; National Portrait Gallery; Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery as part of the First Prize, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006.


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ike Belangia directs the Triad Tennis Management Company which is under contract to the Parks and Recreation Department to operate the city’s tennis facilities and programs. It’s a big job - the City of Greensboro has 25 lighted clay courts, 8 indoor courts, and nearly 100 hard courts to manage. Staffed tennis centers include Spencer Love Tennis Center, Simkins Indoor Tennis Center, Latham Park Tennis Center, and the Memorial Tennis Center. With over 2,000 tennis players of all ages participating in leagues throughout the city, Belangia is busy coordinating league play, running over 30 tournaments, and managing year-round instruction programs for groups and individuals. Belangia grew up in Summerfield, NC. Like many young North Carolinians, Belangia loved playing basketball as a kid. When his mother took up tennis he began hitting balls with her and decided to give the sport a try. He discovered that he liked tennis and found that he was pretty good at it. He soon began playing more and more and ended up playing in high school at Northwest Guilford. He continued playing tennis at East Carolina University and eventually had an opportunity to work at a tennis club. That was the beginning of his career in tennis instruction and he’s been at it ever since. Greensboro has long been a hotbed of tennis activity and has produced some outstanding tennis players, most notably John Isner, currently one of the leading professional tennis players in the world. Belangia spoke to us about tennis in Greensboro and how kids can get involved in the sport.

How do kids get involved in tennis? Kids start off in a beginning group format. Generally after four to eight weeks they move up to an intermediate group. If you have aspirations to play in college, you really need to get started early. Unless you are an exceptional athlete who’s great in some other sport, it would be very difficult. That’s been the key for some of our really good juniors. We have kids who are 7-10 years old who have been training 20 hours a week. What are some of the things you like about tennis? The great thing about tennis is that it’s a sport for any age. We have people out here who are in their 60’s and 70’s, even some in their 80’s, who are still playing tennis. If you take up tennis and you learn how to play, you can always play at some level. It’s not like some other sports where if you’re not good enough at fourteen to make the high school team, your career in that sport is over. Tennis is just an excellent sport to compete in, no matter what level you are. So when kids take up tennis and put some time and effort into it, there’s no expiration date like there is in some other sports. Do you use the Quickstart tennis system? We do. Quickstart is an excellent way to get kids involved in tennis. We’ve found with younger kids, especially, can pick up the game faster with Quickstart. There’s less time required. A lot of kids don’t have the attention span at a young age to play a full game of tennis. Quickstart allows kids to play on a smaller court with a soft ball and smaller rackets. It’s easier for young kids to learn the game without getting bored. How do the facilities in Greensboro stack up to other cities? We are very fortunate in Greensboro to have the nicest public facilities in North Carolina. We have better facilities than places like Charlotte or Raleigh. We’re really lucky in Greensboro to have so many great places to play. Greensboro has five staffed facilities and we have eight indoor courts at Barber Park. That’s something other cities can’t offer. As a result we’re able to host

more tournaments in Greensboro, which is great for young players. What is the best way for young players to improve? By competing. The best practice is match practice. There’s no substitute for actual game experience. It’s also important that you get quality instruction. We have ten pros here who teach tennis and they are constantly evaluating kids and offering advice on what they need to work on to improve their game. Do you do much cross training with other sports? I think it’s good for kids when they’re young to experience different sports. We’ve found that the footwork kids learn in soccer, for example, transfers very well into tennis. We do some fitness training with our kids. With younger kids we don’t lift weights but do some resistance training. We also do a lot of footwork drills and technique training with our kids. Tell us about the grass court training that you have set up? We set up six grass courts on the football field at Jaycee Park behind the Spencer Love Tennis Center. They’re not used in the summer, so we’ve marked off the courts and set up nets. The courts are used for junior tennis training. Players can work on their serves, returns, volleys and cross-train. We start at 8:30 in the morning during the week because adults usually come before work to play on the clay courts. At 10:30, the juniors move onto the clay courts to continue their practice. It’s worked out really well. How long does the tennis season run? You can play pretty much year around here in Greensboro. Summer is the peak time for us but we are able to play most of the year and when we can’t play outdoors we have the indoor facilities at Barber Park where people can play. Is there much travel involved in tennis? The nice thing about Greensboro is that we have some excellent tennis facilities so we have a lot of tournament right here in

town. When you start out, you can play most of your matches close by. As you progress to higher levels of tennis, like any other sport, you have to travel to out-of-town or sometimes outof-state tournaments to find your level of competition. Advice for kids who want to play tennis? You need to play...on a daily or at least a weekly basis. If you want to compete, you should play at least twice a week. If you want to be a serious tournament player, you should play four times a week. Advice for parents of kids who want to play tennis? Get kids exposed to the game at an early age and make it fun for them. If you can get them started early, they develop confidence and a love for the game. And make it about them. It’s really important that the kids want to be out there and that they are having fun. That’s the best way to keep them interested in the game.

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Hester Park Tennis Center Eleven outdoor hard courts Hester Park 3615 Deutzia St. Greensboro, NC 27407 336-855-9335

Spencer Love Tennis Center Thirteen outdoor clay courts 3802 Jaycee Park Dr. Greensboro, NC 27455 336-545-5320

Latham Park Tennis Center Eight outdoor clay courts Latham Park Cridland Drive, off E. Wendover. Greensboro, NC 27405 336-373-5882

Simkins Indoor Tennis Center Eight laykold indoor courts Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion Barber Park 1500 Dan’s Rd. Greensboro, NC 27401 336-373-5886

Memorial Tennis Center Four outdoor clay courts and four hard courts Located behind War Memorial Stadium, off Yanceyville Street Greensboro, NC 27405 336-274-0462

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Developing Healthy Lifestyles for Girls and Women by Erin Reifsteck This summer, in what has been dubbed the Year of the Woman, we watched women Olympic athletes demonstrate their athletic prowess and tremendous physical fitness. These women served as great role models of strong, healthy women. Although many of us will not reach an Olympic podium in our lifetime, the women of this year’s Olympics have given us inspiration for how all women and girls can strive to live healthy and active lifestyles at any age. Habits- whether good or bad, healthy or unhealthy- are formed early in life, so it is important that young girls engage in healthy physical activity and nutritional practices early on; however, no matter how old you are it is never too late to make a change! Here are a few tips to help girls and women stay fit and healthy throughout their lives: •

Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day to attain health benefits. Young girls should get at least one hour of activity per day.

When engaging in physical activity, make sure to warmup and cool-down, and don’t forget to include stretching and flexibility exercises to prevent injury.

Adding resistance training to your routine can help promote bone health and decrease the risk of osteoporosis. About 1 out of 5 women over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercises (e.g., walking) and balance exercises also decrease the risk of bone fracture.

Good nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Eating a well-balanced diet of carbohydrates, fats, and protein are important to keep your body functioning at an optimal level and to provide energy needed for exercise. Calcium intake is also important, especially as women age.

Fitness can be fun! Find activities that you enjoy and invite a friend to join you. If you enjoy what you do, you are more likely to make a long term commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

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