February 4 , 2021 The Beacon • 5
Kids America offers activities for all ages to enjoy while getting fit
By Marianne Austin
Kids America can help you with your New Year ’ s resolutions to get fit and work out . They offer opportunities for fitness by joining a sports league like basketball , softball , volleyball , soccer , pickleball or a cornhole tournament in February .
“ Kids can ’ t get here on their own . It takes adults to bring them . Our focus is on the kids , but we do have activities for adults . Pickleball has become very popular , but it isn ’ t a league ,” said Isaac Bush , Kids America executive director . “ We can use our indoor space for basketball and volleyball . The Walking Club is for anyone , and you can track your mileage and get prizes for milestones . The Silver Sneakers is a program for seniors where they do range of motion and exercise . The Kids America Stronger Fit program helps to start the new year off right by staying fit .”
Bush said the pandemic has shifted Kids America ’ s focus on the leagues . “ About 16 or more people participate in indoor soccer . It ’ s fun and an opportunity for exercise . We have a growing softball program . We ’ re looking to host adult softball in June or July . We have fields here , and we can rent the fields at Lake Park for $ 1 a year for 10 years . The three fields at the park have been refurbished by the Coshocton Foundation . With multiuse sports courts , we can utilize softball , football and soccer on the same field .”
Pickleball has become very popular — more popular than tennis . There are about 40 people who play on a shifting basis .
Pickleball President Rick Chambers said there is a total of five nets . The nets are about 3 feet high and 20 feet wide . There are two courts outside and 10 courts inside . There also are four courts at Hall Park , thanks to Mayor Mark Mills .
“ You can just come and play , or we have a Pickleball Club ,” Chambers said . “ At our first tournament , we had players from five different states . It ’ s a big deal . We use paddles that look like a ping pong paddle , only bigger , and the ball looks like a Wiffle ball and it ’ s about the size of a baseball . You serve the ball underhand , but you
hit it any way you can . The court is a little smaller than a tennis court . It ’ s taped off , and we use all the precautions . It ’ s one of the fastest growing sports in the country . You don ’ t need to bring any equipment . Just wear your tennis shoes , and the social aspect is that it is so much fun .”
Griffen Bryant plays and coaches soccer from U to 12 at Kids America . “ I enjoy soccer ; it ’ s fun . I have played since I was 2 years old . I played for teams in Cleveland from 13-18 years old and for five or six years
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at Columbus Crew Junior . My dad helped build this facility , and I like to see it do well . I have played soccer most of my life , and I play here at Kids America because I enjoy it and they need help with involvement from the community .”
The mission at Kids America is to provide essential services , facilities and programs necessary for the positive development and well-being of the Coshocton community . For more information call Kids America at 740-622-6657 or visit www . kidsamerica . org .
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