We hope to build a NexGen facility for young children to continue to explore the world of sports. Any contributions towards this project will help us to get closer to achieving our goals.
THE NEXGEN PROJECT
The NexGen Project is all about keeping kids moving through fitness and sports, and keeping their mental health in consideration during the pandemic. Keeping every child healthy, both physically and mentally, while having fun is our priority.
When the pandemic hit, billions of people across the globe were told to stay home, and Zoom became a staple means of communication for many. At the start, people were very eager to do their work from home, whether it was school, workouts, meetings, etc. However, as time went on, quarantine and Zoom fatigue began to set in for everyone. It became difficult to enjoy staying home.
This got us thinking about how the pandemic may be impacting kids aged 7 and under. And so, the NexGen Project began during the lockdown in March 2020: 15 min pop-up fitness challenges that inspired 5- to 7-year-olds. We put the word out, and 1 child led to 3, then to 30. We even had kids join us all the way from California! NexGen was a success!
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
PROVIDING COPING MECHANISMS DURING THE PANDEMIC
Children have experienced restricted play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sense of fear and anxiety around future lockdowns lingers. The impact of this pandemic may have long-lasting mental health implications for the most vulnerable, our children. These unprecedented circumstances may lead to stress, anxiety, and a feeling of helplessness for years to come.
PROVIDING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR ECONOMICALLY UNDERPRIVILEGED
Sports like ice hockey, swimming, and golf, require costly facilities to play. These costs trickle down to families who can afford it, thus pushing less privileged kids out of the world of sports professionalization. A child's athletic achievement could be a family's hope of getting their child a free education through an athletic scholarship.
THE POSITIVE EFFECTS SPORTS HAVE ON KIDS
Positive Character Traits:
Through sports, children develop characteristics such as good sportsmanship, fair play, confidence, and many more that are beneficial in both the athletic world and life as a whole.
Sports can bring people together from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, religion, culture, or race.
When kids learn they are part of a team, they realize their contributions matter, and that each individual should put in the same amount of effort to result in success to the whole group.
Learning to Win and Lose:
Playing sports provides opportunities for children to learn from both success and failure, teaching them to win with class and to lose with dignity.
Children learn to respect authority, rules, teammates, and opponents.
Self-esteem and confidence are boosted in positive learning environments.
Children learn to overcome any obstacles and challenges that may come their way.
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