Active Kids Association of Sport is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization established in 2004 to provide multi-sport programs and camps for kids age 6-15. AKASPORT was created for two main reasons:
First, the decrease in activity levels throughout the country leading to higher rates of obesity and obesity related illnesses in children. Currently, one in three children in the US is overweight or obese which increases their risks for heart disease, diabetes and asthma in addition to social and psychological issues such as discrimination and depression. Studies show that just 60 minutes of physical activity a day can help prevent all of these issues. AKA offers active programming for a minimum of 60 minutes during our after school programs and 4-6 hours of sports and games during our summer camps! Keeping physical activity FUN is the key to keeping kids active.
The second reason AKA was developed was in response to the increase of competition in youth sports. Sports help kids develop physically while learning life lessons about teamwork and good sportsmanship. However, the number of kids under the age of 10 that play, train for and compete in only ONE sport all year long is rapidly increasing leading to unnecessary stress and overuse injuries in young athletes. The relentless pursuit of a single sport is very stressful for kids. It deprives them of opportunities to engage with a wider range of kids and try new things. And most importantly, it takes the fun out of the game. We believe that being exposed to multiple sports encourages kids to try new things, meet new people, learn bigger lessons, and find healthy activities they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
AKASPORT currently offers an All Sport Summer Camp for kids age 6-15 at four Minnesota locations: National Sports Center in Blaine, Coon Rapids Ice Center, Centennial Sports Arena and Elk River Ice Arena. This camp provides a new sport and field trip each week where kids can make new friends, try a variety of sports and activities and learn important lessons about leadership, teamwork and how to be a good friend.
Within our All Sport Camp we offer a leadership program for our older campers (age 12-15) called Speed of Play. This program was designed to give our older kids the opportunity to mentor younger campers, participate in volunteer opportunities and assist with AKA events.
AKA also offers a unique After School program in three Minnesota Districts: Anoka- Hennepin, Spring Lake Park and Minneapolis. These after school programs bring the active fun right to the kids. AKA provides all staff, equipment and curriculum so kids of all backgrounds and abilities can play sports they enjoy or try something new without the high costs of traditional sports or the added challenge of transportation.
These programs can be modified for use at summer camps, school programs and community events for kids to spend their time playing a variety of sports, making friends, learning healthy lifestyle skills, and attending fun and educational events and field trips around the Twin Cities.
AKASPORT offers a fun and safe environment where kids can build confidence and learn good sportsmanship while they develop physically, socially and emotionally.
We are on a mission to keep sports fun so kids want to be physically active. We believe that exposed to multiple sports and active events encourages kids to try new things, meet new people, learn bigger lessons and find healthy activities they can enjoy.
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Active Kids Association of Sport (AKASPORT) 1850 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55449
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