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ENCOURAGING KIDS TO PLAY AT LEAST ONE HOUR PER DAY

New Program Supported by Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and YMCA Creates Sports Sampling Program in Port Huron

Research has shown that active children go on to live happier, healthier and more successful lives.  Project Play: Southeast Michigan, an initiative driven and funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Youth Sports & Recreation focus area in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the YMCA of the Blue Water Area, is designed to do just that – give children more opportunities to play.

Project Play: Southeast Michigan is supporting the establishment and operation of a pilot program called “SportPort,” a sports equipment sharing program in southeast Michigan. Through both stationary and mobile partners throughout the region, SportPort will provide access to equipment for sports, such as baseball, basketball, tennis, hockey and more.

Barely half of all children are participating in sports even once a year. The era of the sandlot or unstructured play, of kids making up games and playing with friends in the neighborhood, is largely gone. Our goal as a collaborative is to help bring that kind of neighborhood fun and interaction back because every child – regardless of location, income or ability – should have access to fun and fulfilling activities.

Blue Water Area kids will be able to borrow sports equipment from McMorran Place Pro Shop and Marysville Recreation Department. Sport pop-up clinics will take place at various locations in Port Huron and Marysville.

Local partners in this effort are St. Clair County Library, Port Huron Recreation Department, Marysville Recreation Department, Port Huron Schools and Marysville Schools. 

BRINGING THE FUN TO YOU!

Sport Port Equipment Sharing Program

The Sport Port Program provides sport sampling and access to equipment to local parks and community centers in Southeast Michigan.

EQUIPMENT LENDING SITES

Coming this fall, kids in Port Huron and Marysville will be able to borrow sports equipment just like checking out a book through the sites below:

PORT HURON:

McMorran Place Pro Shop

701 McMorran Blvd

Phone: (810) 966-6166

Hours of Operation for this lending site:

Monday through Friday  2:00-6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

MARYSVILLE

Marysville Community Center

867 E. Huron Blvd

Phone: (810) 455-1302

Hours of Operation for this lending site:

Monday through Friday  8:00 AM-4:30 PM

POP-UP SITES

Trained and caring Y staff will be present at the times and locations below to encourage safe and free play. Sports include basketball, flag football disc golf and many more!

PORT HURON - August 5-August 29

Knox Field - Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 AM-noon

Lincoln Park - Monday/Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Literacy Academy at Cleveland - Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Roosevelt - Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 AM-noon

STEAM Academy at Woodrow Wilson - Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

MARYSVILLE - August 12-August 29

Gardens Elementary - Monday/Wednesday 10:00 AM-noon

Morton Elementary - Monday/Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Washington Elementary - Monday/Wednesday 10:00 AM-noon

 

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