Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Boise Brings Youth to Sports

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Boise Brings Youth to Sports

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The state may be known for potatoes, but Boise, Idaho, is now known for its incredible commitment to sports and recreation. Being the largest and fastest growing city in the state, Boise takes youth development, partnerships and fun sports programming seriously.

With 15,000 youth participants in various sports from baseball to soccer to football, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department believe in fostering fun first. Sports played just for recreational purposes outnumber those that are competitive because the department wants as many individuals as possible to play.

Doug Holloway superintendent of recreation, says that although some factions of the community will always want things to be more competitive, most people just want more recreational opportunities. "With this movement in the country to stay healthy, we want to take that a step further and promote healthy sports development," he says.

The department has already made huge strides in its focus on youth by becoming a magnet center city for NRPA's Youth Sports Initiative. Staff has also developed a program called Healthy Community * Healthy Youth (HC*HY) that teaches young people social skills they can use off the sports field and help them in day-to-day life.

One of the programs Holloway says his staff is most proud of is a youth outreach program. The department identified a gap of time after school when kids could benefit from a recreational experience of some kind. Working with Title 1 schools (these are schools that have a large majority of children on the subsidized lunch program) Boise Parks and Rec created an after-school program at a low cost to parents, where staff came into the schools and taught classes.

One of the most popular has been Sprockids, where kids learn how to take care of their bikes, experience trail rides and learn trail etiquette from staffers. …

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