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As we begin to approach the scorching hot days of summer in Arizona, it becomes less comfortable to enjoy a round of golf. Golf lovers looking to escape the valley heat can take a short trip to Prescott for a “cooler” round of golf. Prescott has a few golf courses to choose from, but the Prescott Golf and Country Club is said to have the most loyal following. The clubs friendly, relaxed atmosphere attribute to it’s popularity. Guest of the club enjoy the breathtaking views, the fast bent grass and lush tree lined fairways.
It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf. ~Robert Lynd
Prescott Golf & Country Club is nestled in the golden panoramic valley between the mingus and Bradshaw Mountain ranges. This course has the perfect ingredients for you to enjoy your best round of golf ever. Prescott Golf & Country Club is a semi-privateregulation 18-hole par 72, golf course designed for all skill levels allowing play from 5,700 yards to 6,800 yards. If you like to practice, the Club also offers a double-sided practice facility with driving tees, chipping and putting greens. Precott Golf & Country Club offers economical green fee rates and sensible memberships. The Club has an outside Pavilion, Cocktail Lounge, Dining and Banquet Facilities. Prescott Golf & Country Club offers the perfect setting for an event, regardless of size.
Prescott Golf And Counrty Club
1030 Prescott Country Club Blvd
Dewey, Arizona 86327
Wow! Now that’s a work out! I can attest to this incredible fitness kickboxing class. I had been wanting to do a kickboxing class for a long time and after driving by Koncrete Gym every day, I finally stopped in to check it out. I decided to try a few classes, and a month later I am still enjoying these sessions! The class sizes are small which I love. Everyone there is very experienced and are always willing to help and improve your fitness goals. They also offer private training lessons for only $22 a session. Your other options are, for $79 a month, you can have unlimited fitness classes or for $99 a month unlimited classes and nutrition boot camp. See their website for other offers. www.koncretegym.com
This gym offers highly skilled, experienced world champion trainers. Its not going to be your typical Lifetime Fitness class. Learn real boxing techniques from the pros, and self defense techniques of martial arts. I even have my own pink boxing gloves (which you can purchase there, or just borrow a pair for free!) Cardio kickboxing has been rated as one of the absolute best calorie-burning workouts around. Get toned and get into shape at Koncrete gym with these cardio fitness/ boxing classes that will kick your butt and teach you how to kick butt!
Koncrete Gym is conveniently located in Scottsdale at 69th Street and Shea
6949 East Shea Blvd Ste 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Athletes International is a non-profit organization that focuses on reaching active & retired professional athletes, collegiate athletes, coaches, other athletic affiliates and future athletes. It is their mission to use the extensive platform that athletes are given to influence the community.
“Athletes International is reaching the athletic community with a message of faith, hope & victory!” Larry Kerychuk Founder of AIM
I became aware of Athletes International last summer, after my son worked his way on to the field. My oldest son came home one day and told me he was going to play football at the church, at first I thought that he just put together a game with some friends. I didn’t realize that it was a legitimate league, until I went to watch them play. I found out later that he had been going to the church and watching the team practice, and “asking” the coaches to let him play. He was so board waiting for the fall football season to start that he was dying to get on the field and play. They finally gave him some pads and a jersey and put him on the team. I am grateful they did, because that is how I found out about Athletes International and how they help kid’s through sports. I think it is important to understand that many of these kids would not be able to play organized sports without the help of (AIM) Athletes International. AIM founder Larry Kerychuk and his team take their work beyond the field helping many athletes and their family’s.
The Football Camp
In addition to offering organized team sports to kids, they also have a youth football camp in the summer. During the camp these young athletes will have 3 days of training with professional athletes coaching them. The kids will stay 3 nights at the Pointe Hilton, have meals provided and get to have fun at the resort water park. Wait…. it gets better! They also get to attend the Annual Award Banquet with a room full of professional and collage athletes. Some how, they are able to do all this for only $100. per child. Any parent that has sent their child to sports camp or even paid for personal training will tell you that is extremely cheep.
There are a lot of costs involved with sports programs. Many youth programs have volunteer coaches, but they still have to pay to have the games officiated and the fields painted. There is also the expense of equipment and uniforms. Athletes International sponsors many of their athletes to participate in organized sports programs and camps, they have never turned a child away. They are only able to cover the cost of these expenses through donations.
Registration Fees: Soccer & Flag Football $65.
Tackle $120 plus $150. per athlete for pads & equipment
27th Annual Awards Banquet:
Athletes International hosts a Celebrity Golf Classic and Annual Athletes Awards Banquet & Auction. They recognize Americas most outstanding Christian athletes. The guests of the banquet not only include collage and profesional athletes, but many of the kids they help are invited to attend as well.
Partners also receive a table for eight at the Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by an Athlete and their spouse.
This years speakers will include:
Aeneas Williams, Cardinals- All Pro
Darrell Green, Washington Redskins – Pro Football Hall of Fame
Brian Jennings, San Francisco 49ers
Bill Mc Cartney, Former Head Football Coach for the University of Colorado
Last summer we attended the 26th Annual Athletes Award Banquet. The Annual Awards Banquet, honors chosen athletes, coaches, and administrators for their professional achievements, as well as their action taken to positively reach their community.
The 2010 award recipients were:
Channing Fry, Phoenix Suns
Adrian Wilson, AZ Cardinals
Mary Ann Miller, Rodeo
Kermit Alexander, SF 49ers
Hillary Bach, ASU Softball
Chris McGaha, ASU Football
M.L. Harris, Bengals
[ Kermit Alexander: A real life story that will change the way you think ]
Adrian Wilson, AZ Cardinals
To learn more about Athletes International, visit their website at www.athletesinternational.com
Last summer I attended the Athletes International, Athletes Award banquet. One of the award recipients that evening was retired NFL player Kermit Alexander of the San Francisco 49ers. Kermit is known for his tackle that injured Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears, however this story titled ” Kermit’s Song” that was featured on ESPN, shows another side. Kermit and his family were kind enough to share their story with us, and I want to pass the story on. The story lets us see sports, athletes and life’s opportunities in a new light. Life offers us many opportunities that we may ignore, this story made me more aware of the opportunities we all have and moved me to be to be more active in making a difference.
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James
As a parent of an athlete I have seen first hand the benefits and positive effects of youth sports. The benefit of participating in sports, goes beyond the obvious physical and health benefits. Sports can help kids develop character, social skills, self discipline, confidence and even improve academic achievements. If kids are activaly involved in sports, they are less likely to develop delinquent behavior. As a community we should recognize the social and economic consequences for students that don’t have the opportunity to be involved in sports or other after school activities. Children and teens who are unsupervised after school are more likely to use alcohol, drugs and tobacco, engage in criminal and other high-risk behaviors.
When we think of athletes, many people have an image of the “dumb jock”, but we are beginning to learn that stereo type couldn’t be further from the truth. In-fact student athletes often do better in school and on standardized testing. Students that participate in sports also have a lower drop out rate.
It is believed that physical activity has a positive effect on learning. Studies show that sports and physical activity in general improve concentration, memory and a students classroom behavior. After engaging in structured physical activity, young children have improved mental focus, concentration and attitude toward school. Studies have show that aerobic activity increase blood flow to the brain improving memory. It is also suggested that aerobic exercise promotes brain cell growth and regeneration.
A survey of 75 Fortune 500 companies showed that 95% of corporate executives at or above a vice-president level had participated in high school sports.
Mood, Attitude and Character
Participating in sports reduces anxiety and depression and improves self-esteem. Sports promote social interaction, friendship, self discipline, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, trust, respect and improve coping skills. Participating in sports has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improves self-esteem.
Aerobic activity releases endorphins, which relax us and reduce depression. In addition to increasing endorphins, exercise in general can raise levels of glucose, serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine which can help balance behavior.
My experience raising an athlete
We introduced our kids to sports at a young age with fun, unstructured play and family activities. My little guy isn’t old enough for organized sports yet, but my teenage son has been playing organized sports since he was five. We let him experiment with several sports, so he could learn what he excelled at and enjoyed the most. He has done karate, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, golf, track, skateboarding and football. We always let him choose what activities he wanted to do, but once he started, he had to finish the season. Some sports he liked more than others, and some he is admittingly better at than others.
One of the biggest things I noticed is how sports help social development. When my son was about nine, he invited both, kids from school and kids from his football team to his birthday party. I couldn’t help but notice that the kids that played sports, interacted with new people more easily. I am not referring only to the kids from his football team, but also his friends from school that played other sports. The athletes were more social and confidant, while the kids that didn’t play sports were timid about interacting with new kids. I could look around and see most of the kids playing together, while a few had segregated them self from the group and needed encouragement to participate.
A few years later my son switched schools twice in a year, to meet his academic needs. He began the school year at a public school. When I picked him up from school the first day, he told me he had friends at this school, that he already knew from sports teams he played with. A couple weeks later, he was switched to a private school. Before he started at the new private school, we were invited to a pool party, to meet some of the other boys in his grade. I was impressed with how quickly my son transitioned into the group. We were only there a few minutes, before he was playing football with the other boys. I honestly feel that playing sports has given him a social advantage, and now that he is in high school sports is an academic motivator. Anyone with a teenager will probably agree, they need all the motivation they can get. Lets not forget that teenagers are also exposed to things like drugs and alcohol, and although some athletes may participate in these things, a serious athlete is more likely to avoid them because they are conditioning their bodies to be competitive.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. ~Emil Zatopek
Sports, Fitness and Athletes Series: More than fun and games
Best of Both Worlds AZ is dedicating a series to sports, fitness and athletics. We would like to explore the world of sports and the benefits it has on us all. There is more to sports than fun and games, sports can have a social and economic benefits for a community. Sports and Fitness, contribute to an individuals physical and physiological health and can bring family and friends together. It is also important to recognize that many athletes, contribute and give back to the community. We welcome your thoughts and ideas.
WINTER SEASON KICK-OFF IS JANUARY 8th
Winter Season: January 8th – March 5th, 2011
NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!!
Deadline: December 12th
REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES ALL EQUIPMENT!
Jersey, Shorts, Flags, Mouth Guard, Awards AND Team Photo.
Age Groups (Age as of January 1, 2011)
5-7 years (Pee Wees)
8-9 years (Juniors)
10-13 years (Seniors)
Star Youth Sports offers 5 on 5 non-contact flag football. The program is designed for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13, with all players participating in each game regardless of existing skill level. Competition is part of all team sports, but SYS highest priority is to help players build self-esteem and learn how to be a part of a team.
Games are played with two 20 minute halves and a five minute half-time break in the middle.
Each team plays one game each Saturday. A season consists of a kick-off week, seven regular season games and
an end-of-season playoff game.
All North Phoenix games will be played at Boulder Creek Elementary.
22801 North 22nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85024
Register on line now : www.staryouthsports.com
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