April 15, 2013

Spring: Time for Optimist Games

Activities that get children outside and moving are really popular right now, partly because springtime makes us want to get active. But they are also popular because of the obesity epidemic that is threatening our country. Optimist Club members know that bringing out the best in children requires helping them to be healthy as well.

So over the past few weeks, I've seen a number of tri-star sports activities sponsored by Optimist Clubs. Tri-star sports encourages kids to do three activities in a sport. For instance, for baseball, young athletes would pitch, hit and run, and I was especially excited today to learn about the Redland Optimist Club Games. The games are series of track and field events for special needs children.

Each year, more than 200 elementary, middle school and high school students participate. Following the games, a healthy lunch is served. The Optimist Games, sponsored by the Redland Optimist Club has been held annually for 27 years. This year they received help from University of Redlands students, Redlands High School girls soccer team, and the Octagon Clubs from Redlands High School and Citrus Valley High School.

Thanks to the Redlands Optimist Club, Redlands, CA, for sharing the story and pictures.
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