First off, sorry for the complete “radio silence” for the last few weeks. I was on “holiday”; I was “summering”. I was traveling the globe, so to speak . (OK, I was in Lake Mary, Florida visiting my mom but hey, a world-traveler can dream, right?).
I came back and read the last few posts and got nervous. Michael has done such a great job keeping everyone up to date on the high school sports, I got concerned that we in Fort Thomas do not have a strong enough “feeder” program to keep Coach Mueller happy. Fear not, I have compiled a list of upcoming sports and recreation opportunities in the city (links to applicable websites are at the bottom). I’ll share my particular experience with YMCA soccer in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, I missed the cut-off for a community-led Junior Olympics that occurs annually in the area (this year it was at Newport Stadium on August 11) and for YMCA soccer (registration closed August 1 for the Fall) but keep these in mind for this time next year. By all accounts (Facebook accounts, that is), the Junior Olympics was a great Track and Field Meet (ages 5-18) and medals were awarded to the top three finishers. Additionally, the YMCA has a spring season for which you can register.
In addition to soccer, the YMCA also offers kick-boxing, a Fall basketball league, Tween Fit, and Fit and Fun. The basketball league registration begins on September 1 for members but is open to non-members beginning on September 10 with registration closing on October 1. The price is $44 for members and $88 for non-members. I assume the league is run similarly to the soccer league (for which I am now a proud soccer mother- Knox gained early admission) and coaches are parent volunteers. However, the emphasis with such a league is on “fun” which is, obviously, most important for three to six year olds.
Teeter Tots also starts back up in September with ongoing five-week sessions. You avid readers likely know my feelings about this program from previous posts but now that Knox is a little older we may give it another shot. It is for walking children through four year olds.
If your children do not like real sports, have them try bowling! Kidding. La Ru Lanes Youth Bowling League begins in September on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, for ages 5-11.
Now, you’re probably thinking, how am I going to keep up with my athletic future footballer? Try cycling! Reser Bicycles on Monmouth Street in Newport has a group ride for beginners through experienced riders every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15-8:30 pm.
Ok, I’m tired, are you? Not yet? Well, tonight is Thursday!