By: Jen French
The summer youth sports program took on a whole new meaning this season: Healthy Eating And Recreational Training.
That's right, folks. Bowdoin Street's got H.E.A.R.T. And a lot of it! With the generous help of our friends at Children's Hospital, we were able to advertise our re-vamped summer program through the CHB Community Resource Guide. We were thrilled with the overwhelming response to the program, and the continued support for our efforts to engage local youth in both improved nutrition and recreational sports.
Our first official class of 25 H.E.A.R.T. of Bowdoin members ranged in age from 5-15 years, and met regularly from 9am-3pm, four days a week at the Health Center. On top of a daily routine of physical activity in Ronan Park, lunch at St. Peter's Teen Center, and swimming at the Holland Community Center, these youth also got to experience specialty field trips which helped engage them in an active summer lifestyle. Field Trips included everything from a day of hiking at the Arnold Arboretum, gardening and selling fresh produce at the Farmer's Market, learning the value of teamwork in sports as told through the Boston Sled Dog Team (and their owners!).
It was a fantastic, non-stop summer, filled with the adventures you might only experience if you knew how to follow your H.E.A.R.T.
Stay tuned for information on the H.E.A.R.T. After School Program, which will begin again this fall!