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Power of Play

It's Time To Get Your Play On!

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Glencoe Park District is focusing on community health and wellness with a new program designed to get kids playing! This fall, the Glencoe Park District is offering a variety of programs which introduce you to the benefits of being active and provides a path to lifelong activity. Many of our programs provide an active start to physical literacy, which is the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life. 

In the Fall 2017 program guide, you will find several programs for ages 5-12 accompanied by one of six  Glencoe Play symbols that represent Rhythm & Coordination, Power, Speed & Agility, Hand-Eye Coordination, Balance & Core, and Cognitive Development. These skills are integral ingredients in developing physically literate youth. By participating in programs which focus on sharpening each of these skills each year, our youth will be well on their way to becoming more physically literate and ultimately being active for life. That is the POWER of Play.


How does it work?

The program is simple: participate in a variety of physical literacy programs and become part of the Glencoe Play movement! Collect all 6 symbols to win! Then, bring your completed passport to the last day of any GLENCOE PLAY program (designated in this guide by the symbols on the left). Your instructor will stamp your passport if you attended at least half the classes. Collect all 6 symbols within one year by participating in a variety of programming and we’ll give you a free Play On t-shirt to show you’re serious about physical fitness! All completed passports should be returned to the Takiff Center. 

 

Who can participate? 
This program is for program participants age 5-14.  

 

What do the symbols mean?
Each symbol on the passport represents an area of physical literacy.  These skill associated with integral ingredients in developing physically literate youth. By participating in programs which focus on sharpening each of these skills each year, you will be on your way to becoming active for life and be exposed to a variety of different activities. 

 

For more information on the statistics above and the National Project Play data, please reference the Aspen Institute Project Play Report.