Doing Good: Denver Sports Buddies
I’m pumped to be heading to the Rockies game this Sunday, where I’ll not only enjoy getting to see the Rockies crush the Mariners for free, but I’ll also be getting to spend time with my little brother, who I only get to see about once a month.
I didn’t grow up with a little brother, but I do have one courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado’s Sports Buddies program. We get together once or twice a month and do sports stuff–playing sports like floor hockey, golf, basketball, and football, and watching professional Denver sports teams such as the Rockies, the Mammoth, and the Rapids. It’s a blast.
In the Sports Buddies program, you commit to spending time with your “little” at least once a month for at least six months. There are activities nearly every weekend to choose from, so all you have to do is find one or two that work for your schedules each month and just show up. Activities are a mix of participatory sports and spectator sports. None of the events cost any money, and the only cost I’ve incurred as a result of my participation in the program was a $35 background check before I started.
With childhood obesity such a serious problem these days, very little time during the school day devoted to physical activity (20 minutes/day when I taught in DPS), and tons of Denver kids needing a little extra love and attention, Sports Buddies is a great way to give back, have fun, and make a difference. I encourage you to try it out!
For more information on the program, click here.