Building Confidence – Developing Life Skills
The PlaySmart Academy is our flagship youth program that integrates sports and physical fitness with character, life skills and leadership development. The Academy starts with a one or two week summer experience for youth and continues throughout the school year with follow up activities and events. The Academy is not an ordinary “summer camp.” Our program provides a fun but intense experience for youth where they can build confidence, gain life skills, be exposed to new ideas, see future possibilities for themselves and receive guidance and encouragement from staff members, coaches and other positive adults. The Academy is for middle school youth (grades 5th – 8th) who are looking to excel on and off the court or field.
The Academy curriculum is saturated with PlaySmart’s five pillars which are used to convey lessons and skills needed for academic and life success. The pillars are respect, hard work, teamwork, honesty and sportsmanship. The pillars are taught to the participants through staff and guest speaker presentations, on-field lessons and drills, team play, life skills demonstrations, and experiential activities. It is expected that the youth participants will understand and can provide examples of how these pillars play an important role in achieving success.
The PlaySmart cities that run an Academy each provide a unique experience for local youth. For more information on the program nearest you, visit your local PlaySmart city.