This is the time of year where the new Evergreen Board members are voted in. If you are reading this and think that someone else will do it, don't be so sure. Parent participation is down in many volunteer organizations. With a small investment of your time you can make a BIG difference in the Athletes in the Evergreen Elementary School District.
Please consider attending our January 8th board meeting in the Evergreen Elementary School Cafeteria at 7pm. You'll see that we have a great team!
Regular physical activity benefits youth in many ways, including helping build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints; helping control weight and reduce fat; and preventing or delaying the development of high blood pressure (GAO, 2012).
Childhood and adolescent sports participation is a significant predictor of young adults' participation in sports and physical fitness activities. Adolescents who play sports are eight times as likely to be active at age 24 as adolescents who do not play sports (Sports Participation as Predictors of Participation in Sports and Physical Fitness Activities in Young Adulthood, Perkins, 2004).
There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores. Further, such activity can affect cognitive skills, attitudes and academic behavior, including enhanced concentration, attention, and improved classroom behavior (GAO, 2012).
High school athletes are more likely than non-athletes to attend college and get degrees; team captains, MVPs achieve in school at even higher rates (US Dept. of Education, 2005).
A number of studies provide support for the premise that physical activity, and sports in particular, can positively affect aspects of personal development among young people, such as self-esteem, goal-setting, and leadership. However, evidence indicates that the quality of coaching is a key factor in maximizing positive effects (GAO, 2012).
Compared to non-athlete peers, female high school athletes are less likely to use drugs, and to suffer from depression (Women's Sports Foundation, 2004). The benefits extend to the workplace. A survey of 400 female corporate executives found 94 percent played a sport and that 61 percent say that has contributed to their career success. (EY Women Athletes Business Network/espnW, 2014
Our very own Evergreen Eagle Minor team won first place at the Chesterfield Cheerleaders League competition held at Cosby High School on 10/26. Coached by Mandi Hessler and Jessica Meile, the girls have been practicing since mid-Summer. After the competition Mandi spoke about how proud she was of all the girls.