A free health program in New Bern was created for these dad and mom who could not solely have a busy summer season, however a busy life year-round.
Dawg Pound Athletics program, directed and based by Vincent McDuffie, has dad and mom coated. The health coaching program is stuffed with bodily and psychological well being advantages for youngsters to take pleasure in each Monday and Wednesday all-year from 6 to eight pm. at Fort Totten Park in New Bern.
Coaching consists of studying and performing all basic sports activities and serving to to fulfill well being aim wants for all grade-school youth within the New Bern and surrounding cities space. The primary session kicked off June 13, and 40 kids have joined since then.
Bodily well being is a vital aim for this system, nevertheless it’s not the principle focus, McDuffie stated.
“That is actually greater than sports activities,” he stated. “It is about actually reworking their mindset, and I am simply utilizing sports activities to get by to them.”
McDuffie stated those that be a part of don’t have to be concerned in sports activities. If individuals produce other objectives in thoughts akin to shedding weight or gaining power, he encourages kids to affix the free program.
“Children have at all times been a ardour of mine,” he stated. “I have been looking for a technique to give again to them in order that they will exceed and develop. I do know sports activities could be an outlet for folks to interrupt limitations and are available out of their shell, meet new associates and achieve extra confidence.”
McDuffie stated he created the health platform so kids might grow to be leaders by reworking their thoughts and physique, so he “simply had a imaginative and prescient and ran with it.”
This system director has at all times been concerned in health and performed sports activities his complete life, he stated. McDuffie additionally had an identical coaching program for adults, “Match Pals on Deck,” created in 2018. The grownup coaching program is at the moment paused on account of his concentrate on kids.
Dawg Pound Athletics individuals may even have the chance to take native journeys akin to attending New Bern Excessive College soccer video games and going out to dinner. McDuffie stated he desires kids to be taught life and expertise a brand new atmosphere.
He stated this system features from donations and neighborhood help, however many of the funding comes out of his personal pocket. McDuffie desires kids to concentrate on themselves, not the bills.
“I simply needed to be that individual that gives this service for the youngsters, and I simply need the dad and mom and neighborhood to know that I am right here for them,” he stated. “If they simply give me two weeks with their baby, I can guarantee them a change of their thoughts.”
For extra details about this system, contact McDuffie at 252-876-6552.
Reporter Symone Graham covers native public security for the Solar Journal. Have a narrative tip or thought? Ship it her method at [email protected].