Deed 8: Sports Adventures with Children

Posted: January 20, 2013 in Children

I want to be honest and put this out there.  I have never been a big fan of children in large groups.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hesitant to sign up for a Saturday morning program to interact with a large group of children.  The program was through New York Cares who partnered with an elementary school in downtown NYC.  There were about 80 children and around 15 volunteers who took part in the programsports_editor.

I spent a few hours playing every sport imaginable with the children.  My day started with basketball, to a relay race, to volleyball, football, baseball, hockey, and dodge ball.  It was completely exhausting.  I have new found respect for teachers(especially gym teachers), parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone else that interacts frequently with children.

With that said, I had the time of my life.  The children were all so happy and engaging.  I was smiling from ear to ear and laughing from the time I got there to the time I left.  The experience completely changed my opinion.  I will definitely be volunteering for the same or similar programs in the future.

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