Thanks to all of our amazing supporters we ran our first major clinic with New Futures last week and the kids loved it! We ran about 15 kids through a warmup, demonstration, and some games before breaking them up into groups to work through some pre-built routes and challenges at Gasworks Park.
"Tonight was a blast! Not only did our kids enjoy learning the practice of Parkour, but I think the entire experience was inspiring for them. Just being exposed to something so new, meeting cool instructors and shifting their thinking about conventional exercise is huge for them. Thanks so much for pulling that together for us, and all your staff that were able to help out." -Katie from New Futures
We paid close attention to those traditionally left out from normal sports to watch their reactions to our challenges. Many were rather shy and reticent to try new things in front of their peers but I noticed in my group those same kids were some of the most enthusiastic about trying again after making it through the course without touching the lava the first time, even if they were slower or had to use different techniques than the rest of their friends.
In the next few weeks we'll be learning more about future classes with New Futures, starting up with the Lincoln Center, and working with a potential fourth partner in a program through Parks and Rec!
It's a busy time for us in the middle of a name change, looking for our own gym, and training new volunteers but we feel we're approaching the tipping point and will continue pushing forward on our end. Thanks again for all of your support!
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