ENFIELD—Enfield kids in grades K-5 are invited to participate in the first ERfC KidZ Sports Challenge on Friday, September 27th at Henry Barnard School from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The event is free of charge for all kids who would like to participate.
Connecticut State Representative David Alexander, Commissioner of the 2013 event, said “Childhood obesity and fitness is a serious national problem, and this event is a great way to address that by encouraging children to stay active and play sports." Representative Alexander stays active himself by running 5K and 10K races.
Volunteer managers and coaches will facilitate each timed drill and scores will be recorded. “Kids will really enjoy going through these drills--just like professional athletes do”, said Dube.
Each participant will take their score sheet home at the end of the event. The highest scores on each team will also receive award ribbons. “All participants will receive medals commemorating the event,” Dube added.
The KidZ Sports Challenge will kick-off ERfC’s 2013-2014 KidZ Sports season. KidZ Sports offers kids in grades K-5, of all skill levels, an opportunity to participate in organized sports directly after school. New this year, KidZ Sports will extend the program an additional 30 minutes to include a fitness and health component.
Dube said, “All KidZ Sports programs encourage teamwork and sportsmanship and promote kids staying active and healthy.”
Dube noted that children participating in the KidZ Sports Challenge do not need to be enrolled in KidZ Sports or any ERfC School-Age Center to participate. “This challenge is open to any K-5 student in Enfield free of charge”, he added.
Pre-registration is required to participate. Dube said parents must attend the event with their children. “No children can participate without an adult present with them,” he added.
Parents can register their child for the event by calling the ERfC administrative office at 860-253-9935, or go to the ERfC website at www.erfc.us and click on “KidZ Sports Challenge Registration.”
Check-in for the KidZ Sports Challenge will begin at 4:00 pm in the Barnard School gym. Dube said students will participate in warm-up and practice drills from 4:00 through 4:45 and move to the outdoor field at 5:00 for start of the KidZ Sports Challenge. Healthy snacks and bottled water will be provided.
ERfC, also known as Educational Resources for Children, is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Enfield. ERfC has been providing academic, enrichment, and recreational out-of-school time (OST) activities for the Enfield community since 1994. In addition to KidZ Sports, ERfC also operates before and after School-Age Centers at Henry Barnard, Enfield Street, Eli Whitney, Hazardville, and JFK Middle School, Students from Parkman and Crandall schools also attend in-district Centers. In addition, ERfC provides Vacation Destination at Enfield Street School when school is closed for in-service or school vacations, Summer Lunch Bunch, and Summer Escape Camp programs.
For more information about the KidZ Sports Challenge or other ERfC opportunities, call 860-263-9935, email email@example.com, or visit the ERfC website at www.erfc.us. The ERfC administrative office is located at 50 Post Office Road, Enfield.