As any sports fan or ex-athlete will tell you, sports are a metaphor for life. Not only do sports help children stay active and in shape, but they also teach them valuable lessons that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Sports are about learning how to push yourself to the limits, how to fight for what you want, how to win gracefully, and how to lose the same way.
Here in Greensboro, it’s basketball country. The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament has been played in Greensboro Coliseum ten times since 1993. Sports is a way of life in the Triad.
If you’re in Greensboro and you’re interested in getting your child involved in youth sports, here are some of the best places to sign up.
City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation
In most cities and towns, the local parks and recreation department is a great place to start. Greensboro is no different. They offer 12 recreational sports throughout the year for kids ages 4 through 18. In 2001, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department launched their PAYS program, a membership association whose purpose is to “educate and motivate parents to create the ultimate youth sports environment to make the child’s experience safe, positive, and meaningful.”
With a focus on fun, skill development, and good sportsmanship, the City of Greensboro is helping to lead its next generation in positive sports experiences.
Sports offered by the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department include:
- Bitty ball/Tee-ball
- Field Hockey
- Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball
- In-Line Hockey
YMCA of Greensboro
Did you know that the YMCA is the largest childcare provider in the United States? Between their camps, after-school programs, swimming lessons, and youth sports, the YMCA offers kids “assistance in personal growth and development physically, mentally, and spiritually.” Character development at the Y is centered on four simple traits: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Each trait is represented by a color and these traits are the focus of all of the Y’s youth programs.
Sports offered by the YMCA of Greensboro include:
- Flag Football
- Tackle Football
- Girls’ Volleyball
- Youth Baseball
Greensboro Eagles Youth Sports Organization
If you’re looking for something a little more competitive, the Greensboro Eagles is a great option. Founders Chez and Teresa Jordan Morris started the Greensboro Eagles to make an impact on the lives of area families and children ages 4-18. The Eagles team uses sports as a platform to teach kids about “academic excellence, building a strong work ethic, athletic skill development, citizenship, and service to our community.”
Greensboro Eagles encourages long-term affiliations with the organization and is clear in its intention to build future leaders that will give back to the community in lots of different ways. Sports offered include:
- Track and Field
- Co-ed Softball
- Women’s Basketball
- Men’s Basketball
Proehlific Park – Family Sports Complex and Fitness Center
Proehlific Park is a state-of-the-art facility on 22 acres, offering youth and adult sports, fitness classes, day camps, boot camps, and workout facilities. Founders Kelly and Ricky Proehl are also the founders of the P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation, whose mission is built around making a difference in the lives of children in the local community by showing them love, acceptance, and respect. Core values include play, opportunity, work, excellence, and respect. The P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation has been helping kids in the Greensboro area since 1995.
Youth sports leagues offered by Proehlific Park include:
- Field Hockey
The four programs above were highlighted because of their focus on youth development and their wide range of offerings. Greensboro is a great area for youth sports and there are many additional options if you haven’t found what you’re looking for for your child.
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