MSSU holds Lifetime Sports Academy for kids - KOAM TV 7

MSSU holds Lifetime Sports Academy for kids


School kids don't have to become couch potatoes over summer vacation.  Missouri Southern's Lifetime Sports Academy is providing a place for kids to learn activities that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

While many camps focus on technique, this one focuses on something a little different.

"We'll be doing such thing as bowling and Frisbee and golf and canoeing and archery, and lots of other activities that children can use for a lifetime," says Patty Vavra, the Director of the Lifetime Sports Academy.

MSSU's Lifetime Sports Academy is designed for children ages 7 to 12 to enjoy 4 days of fun, learning activities they can pursue for a lifetime.

The kids also get to enjoy time with college instructor's from the school's kinesiology program.

"It's a huge part of our curriculum here," says instructor Andy Hogenmiller.  "It's also a big part of trying to get kids away from the video game screen and out and about enjoying what nature has to offer."

Hogenmiller is one of several student instructor's helping with the academy.  He's teaching golf.

"It's a challenging game," says Hogenmiller.  "You can not perfect it, but you're always looking to perfect it."

The kids spend the days outdoors and indoors learning the basic skills of the different sports and activities, all while staying fit and keeping active, and hoping to find that one thing they'll love to do forever.

"I think anything you can continue to do as you get older that's going to still give you that opportunity to be physically active, and that we know is extremely important in our society today," says Vavra.

This year's Academy concludes on June 6.

The Kinesiology Department at MSSU says it's glad it can host the Academy each summer because it gives the university students a chance to interact with children, just like they'd learn in the field.

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