Sports Academies introduce recreational skills to youth
Missouri Western State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation will offer two opportunities for youth to learn recreational skills that can be used throughout life for fun, health and fitness. The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy, for children ages 8-12, and the Adventure Sports Academy, for children who have completed grades 6 through 8, will be held June 5-9.
The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy began in 1973. Instruction is offered from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ages 8-10 receive introductory instruction in a number of lifetime sports. Ages 11 and 12 receive intermediate instruction, with an emphasis on outdoor adventure activities. Activities include canoeing, rappelling, fishing, archery, obstacle course, pickle ball, racquetball and many others, including swimming in the newly renovated Thomas Eagleton Indoor Swimming Pool.
Registration is limited to 150 students. The cost is $80 for the first child in a family and $70 for each additional child. For more information, call 816-271-4491 or visit www.missouriwestern.edu/hper/childrens-lifetime-sports-academy/.
The Adventure Sports Academy started in 2015 as a way to build on the success of the Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy. Instruction is offered in canoeing, scuba diving, ropes courses, martial arts, rappelling and skeet shooting. The week culminates with an overnight outdoor camping experience. Classes are held from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and from Thursday evening to Friday morning.
Registration is limited to 25 students. The cost is $165 for the first child in the family and $155 for each additional child. For more information, call 816-271-4491 or visit www.missouriwestern.edu/hper/adventure-sports-academy/.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.