Coach_Mike saidNico, what effect do you think Gabby Douglas and the black guy on the men's team will have on getting African American kids in gymnastics programs? I talked to the director of summer camps at the rec department this afternoon and she said no black children were registered for the gymnastics camp. Is gymnastics training financially out of the reach of the disadvantaged kids, minority or not. I'm looking at a whole new area of channeling the disciplinary problems' energies but I don't want to make suggestions that would be a financial burden on the families.
Is it possible to talk to the local gymnastics clubs and discuss scholarship-like programs? That can be their way to give back to the community. Your students would have to earn the "scholarship", which in itself, might impact positive behavior.
Also, how did Orozco do it? He was too young to get a job but somehow he was able to get the gymnastics training despite his family not having money.
EDIT: Found this on Wiki on Orozco
"He began gymnastics at the age of eight, when his father found a flyer for free gymnastics lessons at a gym in Manhattan. The gym allowed him to be part of a program for children who were socioeconomically disadvantaged"
This type of program is what I mentioned above.