Wednesday, May 15, 2019
James Madison University (JMU) and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition will co-host an Inclusive Youth Sports Festival during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The festival will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The festival is inspired by the President’s Council’s mission to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and abilities and to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all Americans.
“Youth often experience barriers to sports participation, particularly girls, youth with disabilities, and those from economically distressed areas,” said Ashlee Lundvall, member of the President’s Council and former Ms. Wheelchair USA. “The Council is excited to co-host an Inclusive Youth Sports Festival that will expose youth participants to a variety of sports skills and drills and leave no one behind on the sidelines!”
The festival will be held at JMU’s University Recreation Center. Youth between the ages of 10 and 15 will participate in multi-sport sampling activities. In addition to the sport stations, the festival, which is free of charge, will feature information tables staffed by various community organizations that work with youth and families.
Youth participants will circulate through multiple stations featuring baseball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, pickleball and soccer. A healthy eating station will be set up to keep youth hydrated and energized, and to share tips on how to stay healthy and active at home and in their community.
“This Inclusive Youth Sports Festival provides a great opportunity for JMU and the President’s Council to demonstrate the positive impacts of providing inclusive opportunities for everyone to participate in sports, regardless of their background or ability,” said Tom Moran, associate professor of kinesiology and certified expert in adapted physical education at JMU.