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Academies can help keep kids active in the winter

12/05/2018, 4:45pm CST
By Sanford media relations

Snow will soon fall and the temperature right along with it. For many parents that means months with no outdoor release for active kiddos. To help stop you and your household from going stir-crazy, one local gym is offering a new opportunity for kids of all ages.

“For the first time we are hosting open gym time,” says Patrick Coughlin, the director of the Sanford POWER Basketball Academy at the Sanford Pentagon. “This will be for kids that want to sign up with a group of friends or who want to swing on out and get a little practice in. We want the Pentagon to be a place where kids have the opportunity to be active – especially in a state like ours where they can’t be outside all the time.”

If a little open gym time won’t cut it for your kids, the Pentagon also offers basketball and volleyball camps throughout the winter months.

“We’ll have camps running on a majority of the days that kids have off from school,” says Coughlin. “We had camps on Veterans’ Day and have a special Christmas break competition camp coming up. It’s cool to see the kids interact together outside of a more formal school setting. They’re not having to be quiet but they’re still learning.”

Your child not an experienced athlete? No worries. Coughlin explains that these camps are designed for kids of every stage.

“We just want to get them in here as early as possible,” says Coughlin. “Once they get in here and start learning the basics and having fun with different kids, it starts to foster the love of the game and the desire to get better. We really focus on the fundamentals. Even if your child has played basketball or volleyball for several years, an emphasis on the fundamentals is something that you never outgrow.”

Right now is the prime time to sign up for camps and open gym time. All the Pentagon registrations and offerings are online and are open from December through February.

Tryouts for the spring and summer teams are coming up Jan. 20-21. These are open for boys and girls in Grades 5-8. 

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