FORT POLK, Louisiana – Every four years, sporting patriotic Americans turn their eyes – and often, their hearts – to the Olympics. One of the most popular events – and the favorite of little girls and boys across the country – is gymnastics.
With their gaze riveted on the television watching the tiny goblets twist and spin in hopes of winning elusive gold, these young fans often dream of the day when they could step on the podium and listen to “The Star Spangled Banner” in as a medal. is placed around their neck with its promise of fortune and glory.
For the most part, realism eventually sets in and only a few reach the Olympic summit. But that doesn’t stop the powerful mites from giving it a go.
The Fort Polk Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Branch’s Children’s and Youth Sports Program offers those who want to try their hand at gymnastics a variety of classes where participants can spend a little money. energy while giving their mothers a short break, and maybe, find out they have the skills to compete.
Kayla Walker, program associate and gymnastics instructor for CYS, said gymnastics is a great way to help young people stay active.
âIt works on their coordination, their agility and their development skills,â she said. “It’s also a safe place to explore and take risks without hurting yourself.”
âIf a child jumps off a chair or falls at home, he could be injured,â she said. “Here we have padded floors and surveillance, and no sharp corners, which means less risk of injury.”
Walker said he noticed that those who participate in gymnastics seem to have more confidence in their physical abilities.
âTheir bodies are stronger and they generally have fewer injuries,â she said. âWe offer them organized chaos. “
Sgt. 1st Class Dennis and Mindi Bolelli have their daughter, Madison, 3, enrolled in the 3 to 5 year old gymnastics class. Mindi said the class helped Madison with her socialization skills.
âIt has been a great experience for Madison,â she said. âThey learn skills while having fun. They don’t even realize they are learning.
Mindi said she noticed an improvement in Madison’s hand-eye coordination.
“She is ahead in her development,” she said. “As long as she loves it, we’ll keep her in it.”
Captain Richard and Savanna Nicholson have enrolled their daughter, Evelyn, 3, in the same class.
âI home school our kids, so that’s his business,â said Savanna. âHer sisters have their physical education activities, and this is Evelyn’s.
Savanna said Evelyn liked the class.
âShe’s always excited when I tell her it’s class time,â Savanna said. âIt helped her in her physical development and increased her strength. She climbs everything at home like a little monkey.
Another regular in the 3-5 year old class is Layla Whiddon, 4. Her mother, Leah, said it was only Layla’s second week of class.
âI’m a stay-at-home mom, which gives her an environment where she can work on her physical development and social skills,â said Leah, whose wife is Major Josh Whiddon.
Leah said there were a few additional benefits for the class.
âThe gym is air conditioned, which beats the summer heat, and Layla always takes a good nap afterwards,â she said.
The CYS gymnastics schedule is as follows:
â¢ Parent-child gymnastics from 12 months to 3 years old, Mondays at 10 am, 10:30 am and 11 am and Fridays at 5:30 pm, $ 25 per month.
â¢ Preschool gymnastics, ages 3-5, Monday, Tuesday and Friday 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday 11 a.m., $ 35 per month.
â¢ School-age gymnastics, 6-9 years old, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., $ 45 per month.
â¢ School-age gymnastics, 10 years and over, Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, $ 55 per month.
Classes take place in the Youth Gymnasium, Building 2070. Children must be registered with CYS. For more information, call 531-6004.
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