Port Arthur, TX - A recent study published by the CDC reports that only one in four teenage boys were getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For those active teenagers, basketball was the most common activity to stay healthy. Teaching and encouraging teens to play basketball can lower the obesity rate. The YMCA of Southeast Texas is on board with this idea and decided to provide free lessons with a very special local partner; Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
Every day at the Y, pickup games are played and kids learn to enjoy the sports. The idea to teach kids basketball is longstanding at the Y. In 1891, while teaching at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, MA, James Naismith invented the game of Basketball. Ever since, the Y played a major role in spreading basketball around the world and it still continues. Players and coaches from Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s Seahawks were very excited to teach the basics of basketball at the YMCA of Southeast Texas. Children ages three to 13 received lessons at two free basketball clinics. This is the Y’s second year working with the Seahawks and its Head Coach, Lance Madison. In addition to learning the fundamentals of basketball, dribbling, passing and shooting; Coach Madison emphasizes good sportsmanship, how to be a good teammate, how to share the ball and how to work well with others. These skills learned at the clinic could also be used by students in school. After all, teaching basketball helped kids to understand the importance of physical activity as well as to develop social skills.
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