Big Brother & Big Sister Program at Sports Park Rec Center is Big Success!
Nov 09, 2016 01:14PM
By Bowe Fertig
The Boys and Girls Club of South County brings together teenagers and youth in a fun-filled program that promotes physical activity through sports. The Big Brother-Big Sister program takes high-school athletes and pairs them with kids looking to learn the fundamentals of that sport. The program takes place at the Sports Park Recreation Center, 425 Imperial Beach Blvd.
The program was initiated because there were some issues that needed to be resolved. According to Program Director, Bowe Fertig “The two issues that needed to be resolved were one, parents not having immediate access to a league or sports program to put their child in, and two, high-school students needing community service hours to graduate and place them in good standing with colleges so I paired the two together.” One of the main goals, among many, is that the program creates great relationships with teens and the youth in which both sides can benefit and learn from.
The basketball program was the one to get it started as sophomore basketball player Efrain Balesteros has seen a class go from one brother to five brothers and one sister in less than a month. “When you have stories of kids travelling here from the Philippines not knowing anybody or much English, but they understand a sport. To have that person create a bond through sports with another individual is the fundamental reason this program will continue its success,” said Fertig.
Currently, there are basketball and baseball classes, but that will hopefully change with more interest in other sports. If any parent or over-seer has a child who wants to learn a sport please come in to Sports Park Recreation Center. The current classes are located below.
Basketball: Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00p-6:00p
Baseball: Monday and Tuesday from 3:00p-4:00p