Youth center offers sports instruction at camp
By Amn. Jacob Corbin, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 09, 2006
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- A summer sports camp hosted by the Madrigal Youth Center began Monday for children ages 9 to 12.
Each week will focus on a different sport, said Ramon Benavides, youth sports and fitness director. These sports will include football, softball, baseball, soccer and basketball.
"We want to teach (the children) how to do the sport and how to do it right," Benavides said. "We're going to teach teamwork and how each of them can contribute."
Sports fundamentals won't be the only thing taught at the camp.
"We want the children to learn about human diversity," Benavides said. "It's important to make a well rounded person."
In addition, the camp will stress coach and player interaction. Sports are about two-way communication, he said.
"They can put so much pressure on themselves," Benavides said. "We want to teach them to accept how they do and to do their best."
Interspersed between fitness and human diversity lessons, the camp offers children the chance to learn about good nutrition.
"Children can't always control what they eat at home, but they can learn to eat well on their own," Benavides said.
Although each week will focus on a particular sport, the camp will offer glimpses of other sports.
"The camp will teach other sports like tennis or bowling," Benavides said. "It's going to give them a taste for other sports."
Although the camp started Monday, parents may sign their children up for any of the upcoming weeks at the youth center.
Also, parents are welcome to come at anytime and watch their children play and learn. Benavides offers a warning to those parents who choose to attend, be ready for work.
"Last year I had parents holding up blocking pads during football," Benavides said.
The camp runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Aug. 4.