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May 16, 2018
Memphis teachers share basketball, even if they don’t share a district
The teachers, mostly black men, have turned it into a networking opportunity as well as a way to let off steam.
Past becomes present
June 25, 2015
Camp for Native American youth draws on centuries of healthy tradition
A free summer camp especially for Native American youth in metro Denver teaches healthy habits and cultural heritage by incorporating traditional crafts, sports and agricultural practices.
February 1, 2013
New rules for student-athlete eligibility could hobble many teams
Chancellor Dennis Walcott spoke to members of the Boys and Girls High School track and field team at City Hall last year. After Boys and Girls High School imposed tougher academic requirements for student-athletes in 2011, its perennially winning mens basketball team benched seven playersand exited the state tournament in the first round. Now, the city is imposing academic and attendance standards for the 40,000 students who play school sports that are even more stringent than Boys and Girls'. The Department of Education is officially alerting schools about the changes this week. But coaches, principals and athletic directors say they've known for months and are beginning to prepare for the tougher eligibility requirements, which could hobble many teams. The changes follow new standards set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2011 and are meant to address lagging academic performance among many of the city's marquee athletes, coaches say. "There was a growing concern about the way we do business," said Wings Academy Principal Wayne Cox, referring to the previous standards. "The new policies are saying you guys have gotten away with s--- for a very long time."
May 2, 2012
After bumpy start, Boys & Girls basketball to aid school's reform
Bernard Gassaway, Chancellor Dennis Walcott and members of the Boys & Girls High School Track & Field team at City Hall. Heading into this season, Coach Ruth Lovelace knew her championship basketball team needed to cut down on one statistic that nothing to do with what was happening on the court. Suspensions. During the 2010-2011 season Boys & Girls High School, Lovelace's star players took home the city title. But they also incurred academic suspension after academic suspension until, when it mattered the most, she lost seven players the week before her team began the state championship tournament. They lost in the first round. This year, as the Kangaroos entered yet another long playoff stretch, Lovelace said she made it clear in the locker room that academics remained a top priority, even above wind sprints and layup lines. Players were attending study hall all season long and Lovelace didn't want their efforts slide now. "We learned a lesson," Lovelace said on Monday inside the newly renovated City Council chambers at City Hall, where she and her players were invited to celebrate their Public School Athletics League and New York State championship titles this season. The boys track and field team also received an official honor from the council for winning city, state, and national titles. The ceremony came just days after a group of schools that Boys & Girls had been part of until January — those receiving federal School Improvement Grants — were approved for the "turnaround" form of closure. But instead of spending the spring defending their school, students at Boys & Girls were busy adapting to higher standards for student athletes set by third-year Principal Bernard Gassaway.
October 6, 2011
Ask an Expert: Sparking tween interest in team sports
A parent wonders how to get a tween interested in playing soccer or some other team sport. An expert offers some good tips that include talking to your child to find out where the block might be.
June 17, 2011
Wheelchair sports camp shows what's possible
More than 100 physically disabled youngsters ages 5 to18 have enrolled in the Colorado Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, which is free to participants. Children spend the week learning to play sled hockey, softball, basketball, rugby and tennis.
April 1, 2011
This week's safe schools snippets
Aurora D.A.R.E. officer arrested - Student arrested after gun found in trunk - Boy faces charges for fighting school bully - Suspected middle school flasher arrested - Bullying bill advances.
March 14, 2011
Recess, concussion bills near finish line
Bills proposing minimum levels of physical activity in elementary schools and setting rules for handling young athletes with concussions have received final floor approvals.
March 8, 2011
Ask an Expert: How to get my daughter into organized sports?
Kids really gravitate toward what they see as fun, and that’s different for each child. In addition, not all kids feel the same pull toward playing team sports that their parents enjoyed when they were kids.
February 24, 2011
Ask an Expert: My teen son only cares about sports.
The single most important thing you can do is stay informed about what your son should be doing in terms of homework. Many schools in Colorado are tapped into "infinite campus," which allows you to check your student's assignments online at any hour of the day or night.
February 11, 2011
This week's safe schools snippets
Youth concussion bill moves through Senate; Crosswalk changes not good enough to some; $41.5 million for school safety communications; mom of slain teen talks domestic violence in middle school; Sand Creek teacher investigated.
January 14, 2011
Week of 1/10/11: Healthy schools highlights
Aussies embrace Jamie Oliver; Wii in PE; Chocolate milk in schools: the debate continues, Wyoming gets tough on concussions among student athletes; School lunch prices to increase in Cherry Creek; Colorado Summer Food Summit planned and anyone can attend.
December 10, 2010
Energy drinks, diet supplements getting classroom scrutiny
See what's being done to address growing concerns about popular energy drinks and dietary supplements consumed by teens and student athletes.
December 2, 2010
Better helmets, stricter laws needed to protect student athletes
Better helmets and better laws are needed to protect student athletes from the often debilitating affects of concussions, a leading researcher says. Colorado officials are drafting legislation to protect kids' noggins.
November 17, 2010
Ask an Expert: Is youth football safe?
A Denver reader asks about the safety of youth football. Our physical education expert weighs in on the importance of good coaching and quality equipment that fits.
August 13, 2008
'Good kids' mentored at Hoops & Leaders Basketball Camp
Campers ask their mentors about college. <em>Photo: Kelly Vaughan</em> "The cool thing about teamwork is it can translate to any part of your life," NY1 host and reporter Budd Mishkin says, concluding a story about Michael Jordan's 1995 game-winning assist in a match against the Knicks. A roomful of lanky adolescents in blue and grey jerseys listen intently, occasionally interjecting good-natured jokes into Mishkin's talk. Seated among them are adult mentors, who come every evening for a week to play basketball, eat dinner, and participate in leadership activities with the youth at the 5-year-old Hoops & Leaders Basketball Camp in the West Village. About 40 youth and 40 mentors are participating in this year's camp, held at the Tony DaPolito Recreation Center, and although the camp is technically only for boys ages 13-16, this year's group includes one young woman and a female mentor, according to director Justin Weir, who says the camp tries to pick boys with potential who don't make it into academic prep programs or elite sports camps. "What happens to good kids who are trying their hardest in school and basketball and are superstars in neither?" Weir asks. "Those are the types of kids that we want to be in our program: the kids who don't get picked but still have value and potential to blossom into amazing people if given the proper attention."
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