Archives For Sport

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I have a son who loves running track. It is inspiring to see him lacing up those shoes and taking off!

As parents, it is fun to see our kids using their gifts and enjoying the outdoors. Sometimes it is hard to afford some of the extras that our kids need when they choose to do sports. There are registration fees and equipment…all kinds of expenses. Still, we know it is worth it and we do the best we can.

So what brought that on? Well, I just heard about The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games, and I was thinking that I do appreciate it when companies sponsor activities that support fitness for our kids–so I am happy to share this info with you.

I took a look at The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games website and I saw several open track meets just in our area. You can look up events by zip code and contact emails are provided…it looks great to me.

So lace up your children’s favorite pair of sneakers and get ready to cheer them on at the finish line! To learn more about HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games, and to find a local event in your area, please visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com.

And, I received a HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games prize pack, with a drawstring backpack, visor, water bottle and rubber band shoelace stoppers and I get to giveaway another prize pack!

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More info: “Since 1978, The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games has helped more than 10 million children get active and learn valuable lessons such as sportsmanship and hard work. Now in its 34th year, HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games hosts thousands of boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, in nearly 4,000 North American communities. They will compete this spring and summer in track and field events ranging from the standing long jump and softball throw to a variety of running and relay races – and all at no cost of entry. All you need is a pair of shoes.

The program culminates each year with the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games North American Final Meet in Hershey, Pa. Held each year in August, the North American Final Meet hosts 450 outstanding young participants in a fun and exciting, all-expenses paid weekend trip to Hershey. During the weekend, participants tour the world’s largest chocolate factory and visit Hersheypark amusement park, among other exciting activities.

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Olympic decathlon legend Rafer Johnson will again return as HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games ambassadors in 2011.

To further encourage physical activity among kids and families, Hershey is teaming up with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes to be recycled into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. Program participants will be invited to bring used athletic shoes to state and provincial meets, which will then be recycled into Nike Grind. A HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games playground will be awarded to a participating local community as part of the program’s work with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has recycled more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes into Nike Grind.”

Want to win a HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games prize pack?

Mandatory Entry: Tell me what sports your family participates in. Or, Visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com and find a meet close to your family and tell me that you did!

For additional entries, you can:

Leave separate comments for each entry method.

I will choose a random winner on 4/20/11. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you in your comments!

I was provided with one prize pack to keep and one to give away from The Hershey Company, as part of the MyBlogSpark program.

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So, you’ve heard of the World Cup…

You know that thing with the ball that happens every four years? It’s taking place in South Africa right now.

You may wonder…Why is this important? Why should I watch something that the United States already got kicked out of? Why should I watch the football with a round ball? Didn’t that Landon Donovan guy –the star US striker– didn’t he divorce his wife? The chick from Rules of Engagement on CBS? Well, yes he did and his performance in this year’s world cup almost helped mend his marriage. Until he mentioned that he possibly impregnated a British woman…Wait I’m getting off track.

So you haven’t watched any of the Cup’s games yet. More importantly you haven’t made your children watch the games. Well, don’t fret. You can make up for that on Friday when the Quarterfinals begin. That’s right there are eight teams left– Seven games left to watch.

Why should you sit your child or teenager down and force them to watch the World Cup?

There are so many reasons…how about because of all the politics?

fifaHow cool is it that 210 teams played to qualify and 32 countries qualified and have been competing? If you download the FIFA app on your ipod or itouch, your kids can even check out the national flag and song for each team (my 5 year old loves doing this, and it’s a free app!)

Think of all the interest your daughter will have in foreign affairs when she sees that cute Argentinean score that hat trick! (I’m talking about Messi who has been hailed as one of the best players ever)

And… downtime between goals there are serious values you can teach your children while watching together:

  • Respect for other cultures
  • Sportsmanship
  • Team playing
  • They probably don’t know what “offsides” means
  • The soccer federation is still somewhat anti-technology so what the ref calls goes –i.e. sometimes life isn’t fair–that means no repeat camera viewing to make a decision
  • The clock starts at zero and runs until 90 (with respect for halftime of course),
  • Why it’s so important that the soccer federation had South Africa host one of the largest world championships
  • Dedication to ability and talent
  • And one more: the fun of Yelling and Screaming when the team you pick wins or goes home!

Start watching Friday as the eight teams fight for the monumental honor Italy took home in 2006.

It’s summer time–so go ahead grab some snacks, turn up the TV and beat the mid day heat. Your children will thank you. Well maybe not right away: when your son is grown and his Italian supermodel girlfriend doesn’t know more about soccer than him then he’ll thank you.

If you don’t get ESPN –Head over to ESPN3.com where you can watch the games streaming live.  If the 9:30am or 2:00pm games are too early for you, at ESPN3.com you can watch the games you’ve missed at no cost anytime after they’ve finished.

ZakumiAnd the mascot isn’t too bad either. His name is Zakumi the “Za” means South Africa and the “kumi” means 10. South African World Cup 2010.

How’s that for some Homeschool?