Coaching Youth Sports

As my first blog post, I thought it would be ideal to post something that is very relevant in sports today, as well as something I am very passionate about, especially here at the JCC. We are nearing the beginning of our Youth Winter Basketball season and we are beginning to look for COACHES.

Coaching youth sports is a very challenging, yet very rewarding experience. Kids these days are looking for a lot out of a coach – Someone to relate and look up to, someone that can make them a better athlete, and someone that can teach them that sports is a lot more than just simply Winning. I won’t get on a pedestal and say much more, but take a minute to watch the video below, as this coach has it figured out.

-MR

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Safety Week is Coming!

Starting the week of October 19th the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy begins Safety Week. During this week all LKSA lessons, including the Goldberg Family Early Childhood Center will be practicing vital safety and survival skills. All students in all levels will be practicing their safety skills and for children that are ready will complete their survival tests. Survival tests are conducted with their regular instructor while a child is clothed; shorts, t-shirt and shoes. Please send your child with an extra set of clothes that week for their regular lesson.

At the LKSA we firmly believe in survival readiness and water independence with our students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-14. While floatation devices, supervision from parents or lifeguards and other barriers offer some security the best way to prevent drowning is having a child who can if necessary help save their own life.

The safety and survival skills along with the swim skills taught at the LKSA also build confidence that goes beyond the pool. Our Swim Right™ Method offers the best in swim instruction, starting with the Kick-Float-Kick skill. This skill teaches a child that no matter what distance they have to swim they can stop in between to rest while floating on their back. This is our answer to the “doggy paddle,” that most swim schools teach, where children have to strain to lift their head from the water to take a breath. Our method instead keeps maintains correct body position and rolling over which will facilitate the instruction of side breathing and freestyle stroke.

Daniel Taylor
Aquatics Director

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NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK

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Hi Parents,

Last week was Arts Education week. A lot of information has been shared through social media and in the news by passionate advocates and industry leaders on this very important topic.

I am sharing with you a just a glimpse of the conversation surrounding this subject in hopes that it offers insight into the current situation within our nation’​s schools and an understanding of how engaging in the Arts directly effects our children’s development in ways that would make you proud.

It is not news that schools are continually cutting the Arts out of its programming.

But don’t despair, there is a big push to evolve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in schools. While STEM is extremely valuable, if we want the best innovators, we must teach the Arts. Arts + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.

Involvement in the Arts also engages the brain in a completely different way. It uses both the left and right side and sparks creativity, curiosity and imagination.  As a result, children learn to experience situations through multiple perspectives and it teaches empathy and what it means to relate to one another on a deep level. Children who experience the Arts are more confident, better communicators and problem solvers. The list of positive outcomes are many. These are just a few.

Following is a website and an article that support Arts Education.

As an advocate of the above and pioneer of the JCC’s Performing Arts Program, I want to remind you that in your own backyard, at the JCC,  we offer a top notch performing arts program for children 6-18 years old.

It has been a little over a year, since we launched JPAS (J Performing Arts Space) and I want to thank you all for your support.  We believe we will make a difference in your child’s life and we can already see the growth in the children who have been enrolled in our program.

Please help us spread the word about our programming.   Your children, your friends children and so on, deserve the opportunity to experience the Arts.

Sincerely,
Alise Robinson  ​
Manager, J Performing Arts Space
Director, Camp StarQuest

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The J’s Got Talent

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Tickets for the J’s Got Talent are now on sale!
Click here for for more information and to buy tickets: http://asoft8145.accrisoft.com/jccdallas/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=be.event+2014

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Zumba Glow

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Our specialty Zuma Glow class at the J was a glowing success! We would like to give a shout out to Singer-Songwriter & JCC Librarian Linda Blasnik. J Zumba Instructor Luis and Linda’s husband Steve teamed up to surprise Linda on her birthday. During the final song of the Zumba Glow class Luis played Linda’s song creation “At Home”, and then Linda’s Family joined the class and sung “Happy Birthday” to her.

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Avoid the Summer Fitness Vacation Workout Slump

terri-erands1Yep, that mini summer getaway is perfect plan for achieving that well deserved rest & relaxation. However the mini rest & relaxation can test your workout and diet willpower.  Here are a few steps that you can take to avoid that workout and weight gain melt down while on holiday.

Scale back on your food intake. Remember that portion control is key when it comes to healthy food intake. Consider moderation when going for those extra snacks, while in that state of  holiday chill.

Tweak your workout agenda, stay active. I know that it is tough to get up early to get that early morning power walk in.  However, avoid letting your established  fitness achievements  take
a back seat.

List your overall fitness goals in your cell phone. In the moment you feel like bailing from your workout review your original goals as a friendly reminder.

21 Days Polar Loop Employee Wellness Challenge. We are on day 16 of our 21 day make your fitness-wellness habits a reality. Keep on bringing it, no turning back—Let’s finish strong as one united J healthy team. —Get Fit For Life!

 

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Cycles of Spin: Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins

Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.
Click here to read more about Cycles of Spin

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