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YMCA Offers Skate Clinic

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By Terry Moore

An Opportunity to Skate

Every kid deserves to be happy. I think every parent would agree with that. The real question is: What is it that makes kids happy? Is it playing a sport? Playing a game? Maybe it’s just being on a team and going to games to perform. I’m not so convinced that is the whole case.

I think what kids really need in order to be happy is opportunity: the opportunity to learn something new with their friends, the opportunity to push themselves further than they ever have, the opportunity to really experience all the avenues that life has to offer.  One avenue that many parents are not willing to open for their kids is the one to skateboarding. There are many misconceptions about skateboarding and many people do not realize the benefits it can have not only for your body, but for your mind. Just being at various skateparks I have seen so many more acts of kindness than I have in any other sports. This is because when kids and adults get together and practice what they love, then there is no need for any aggression, only progression. Skateboarding is a sport like any other, and while there are many differences between it and contemporary sports, at the end of the day it’s all about creativity and passion. Here at the Bastrop YMCA we cannot guarantee that your child will absolutely love skateboarding, but we can offer them the opportunity to find out for themselves.

The Bastrop Skate Group holds organizational meetings every first and third Friday of every month at the Bastrop YMCA Main Office where we get together and plan a wide variety of different events such as skate contests/demonstrations and community volunteer projects all in an effort to spread the message that skateboarders care about our community and we want to be a part of it. The Bastrop YMCA offers Skate Clinic classes that are taught by the Bastrop Skate Group and show students the basics of riding and navigating a board, the fundamentals of board upkeep, the skills needed to progress their trick count, and the general action-sports safety rules. Our classes for the summer are held on Friday mornings from 9:30-10:30AM or from 10:30AM-12:00PM for four weeks. Registration for the next summer skate clinic (July 17th – August 7th) ends July 15th!

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