Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Parent to Parent: Pee Wee Basketball
Tiger Woods picked up a golf club when he was just a toddler, but how do you know when it's time to start your kids in sports? 7's Lynn Martinez shows us in today's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- OK, so they're no Chris Bosh or Lebron James, but these little kids sure got game and who knows if there might be a future superstar among them.
The Miramar Youth Enrichment Center started the pee wee league after parents demanded it.
John Kee, Athletics Coordinator for City of Miramar: "We were getting phone calls from parents asking, I have a 4-year-old, what do you guys have to offer?"
Nobody knows how important it is for kids to get involved in sports early more than former Boston Celtic Kenny Anderson.
Kenny Anderson, Former NBA Player: "I'm blessed, you know. I'm blessed. It was really an amazing run, played 14 years, 9 teams."
Anderson says his sister started taking him to the basketball court when he was a young boy.
Kenny Anderson: "And we would go to the park and I just started dribbling, throwing it up and down."
Basketball not only grew into a passion for him it kept him out of trouble.
Kenny Anderson: "It's taught me how to deal with people outside of the game of basketball."
Now a parent himself, Anderson says getting your child involved in any type of sport will help from the first day of practice.
Kenny Anderson: "You can teach your kid about sportsmanship, about mental toughness, and you've got to be physically fit."
Anderson says by age four kids start expressing interest in sports, so that's a good time to get them involved.
He says whatever sport you choose, start with teaching the fundamentals of the game. It helps kids feel confident.
The pee wee league not only teaches fundamentals, but these kids work hard.
Kenny Anderson: "We set up stations where they have to do speed and agility drills, they have to do drills that consist of balance and coordination, and we also do drills where they do ball handling and passing."
Elaine Lewis' grandson has been playing in the pee wee league since he was four. She says, it has taught him to be a team player.
Elaine Lewis: "It helps him to develop his social skills. It teaches him how to get along with other kids and to eventually learn how to play the sport."
Anderson says if you don't have time to take your kids out on the field or court find someone who can.
Kenny Anderson: "Look for that coach, look for that mentor, if you can't be there."
Pee wee basketball is a 10-week program it costs $32 for Miramar residents and $42 for non-residents, and kids get their own uniform and trophy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Miramar Youth Enrichment Center
Pee Wee Basketball
Cost: $32 for Miramar Residents
Cost: $42 for Non-Residents
Tel: (954) 602-4792