I started a fitness program in my neighborhood to help keep teens and young adults healthy and fit ,

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    Jul 04, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    I started a fitness program in my neighborhood to help keep teens and young adults healthy and fit
    i have been doing this for 2 months now. one of the kids wrote me a long letter of how this is changing his life and making his summer better. i was going to end it at the end of June but that letter kept me going , but im running out of ideas to keep them entertained and have fun while we workout
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    Jul 04, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    I think what you're doing is awesome.

    Are there other adults you know who have sports speciaties who might help you round out the curriculum? Like someone who does martial arts? Or lacrosse.
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    Jul 04, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidI think what you're doing is awesome.

    Are there other adults you know who have sports speciaties who might help you round out the curriculum? Like someone who does martial arts? Or lacrosse.

    Completely agree. If you can get other adults who have knowledge and can help organize individual and team sports, you will not only keep them motivated but build a foundation for them that can last a lifetime.
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    Jul 04, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    Have you tried dance sessions? Those are hella fun if you can get someone to choreograph a routine to whatever the young'ns are listening to these days. icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 04, 2011 5:05 PM GMT
    Find out if martial-arts studios in your area allow people to observe classes or go behind the scenes at a tournament. Look up road races near you and let the sponsors know you have a group of eager potential volunteers to work at the finish line. 'cause it's one thing to put ideas into heads, and another to show the possibilities that exist. And neither of these outings would cost any more than money and time.

    Browse around on detroityes.com. I know I read something there a while back about a non-profit boating group that operates out of a classic old clubhouse. Bringing crew, kayaking, etc into the lives of city kids is their reason for existence. (I know Warren technically isn't the city, but it's not suburbia either - we understand each other, no?)

    The key thing here, as has already been stated, is to get kids comfortable in the bodies they were born with and give them a firm foundation for happy healthy lives. And it's no less important to open up the world of sports beyond the endlessly exposed football, basketball, and baseball. (That the NBA is heavily AA while the NHL is 95% White is no accident, neither is the fact that you rarely see Blacks taking part in stuff like water polo or snowboarding. No matter what shade you are, if you never see it on TV or know anybody who participates or see a place to learn it, it might as well not exist.)

    I know exactly what the OP means about the letter he received. I've gotten a few, always unexpectedly, after throwing energy into backing a program in a "minor" sport or putting a virtual arm around somebody's shoulders as he fights the good fight to come out. You do something 'cause it's the right thing to do, hope for the best, and leave it at that. Most of the time that's how it winds up. When it doesn't - and you're hit with one of those soul-baring letters of gratitude - it blows you the fuck away.

    Best o' luck!!!
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    What you're doing is fantastic!!!! You're awesome! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    tonylavon734 saidI started a fitness program in my neighborhood to help keep teens and young adults healthy and fit
    i have been doing this for 2 months now. one of the kids wrote me a long letter of how this is changing his life and making his summer better. i was going to end it at the end of June but that letter kept me going , but im running out of ideas to keep them entertained and have fun while we workout


    You my friend, just made my day!
    (and just inspired me to maybe try and attemp the same thing over here in my hood - south side)!
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    wow thanks this is better than what i thought , and thanks for some of the ideas ... just please message me if you have more
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    that rates 100% awesome. Good for you!!!
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    we play all types of sports, sometimes even kick boxing . like i seriously have a hole list full of thins that we do, i try to make obstacle courses like ninja warrior
    and give them a prize if they make it
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    That is fantastic! Hope you are able to keep it up long term. Seems like the teens and young adults are benefiting from it!
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    Jul 04, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    How about an olympics type day, and work up to it? Things like 50 yard dash, broad jump, some type of throwing. Even fun stuff like balloon toss. You can get ribbons for the winners, and those that compete- as well.
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    Jul 04, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    I think it's time to get those kids into the octagon and have a fight to the death. There can only be one!

    Just kidding. icon_biggrin.gif

    I love the obstacle course idea. It helps build their agility and endurance. And it keeps things entertaining. Since you're working with teens, I think maybe you should consider helping them develop their self-confidence. Maybe take turns each week and have one of them lead a class session. This will also help them develop the discipline to continue to exercise on their own later down the road.
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    Jul 04, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    tonylavon734 saidI started a fitness program in my neighborhood to help keep teens and young adults healthy and fit
    i have been doing this for 2 months now.


    Keep it up, man. That's totally awesome!! I'm so happy to hear such positive news. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 05, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    Way to go! This is what we need to turn around the childhood obesity epidemic!
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    Jul 05, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    Great initiative ! You should write a blog or something and see if it will catch on icon_cool.gif