After School Sports
After School Sports Program
"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string." – Pele
Playing soccer means learning how to work in teams while supporting each other, how to deal with ups and downs, and most importantly, you learn how to achieve goals as a team. These are some of the benefits you get by playing soccer:
- Character development (determination, responsibility and patience)
- Muscle development
- Reduces risks of heart disease
- Boosts self-esteem
- Reduces stress
- Body coordination
- Balance and coordination
"The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game." - Michael Jordan
Basketball is played in two teams of five players each. This is a sport that promotes teamwork, fellowship, generosity and solidarity. Coordination, balance and body awareness can be developed from physical movements like high jumps and throws. Playing basketball also helps improve and build:
- Self-confidence and self-control
- Blood circulation
- Muscle strength, particularly in arms and legs
"Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going. It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation - but most of all, of reciprocity - of teamwork. There is no way to free-lance in volleyball."-Marv Dunphy.
Volleyball can be played one on one too, but it is better when it is played in teams, which are made of six players each. This is a sport that gives both physical and mental benefits, plus is a very fun way to burn calories, exercise and make friends. Some of the physical skills that you can develop by playing volleyball include muscle development of legs, abdominals, arms, shoulders and upper body in general. It also:
- Develops joints and bones health
- Improves hand-eye coordination, balance, speed and reflexes
- Diminishes stress
- Encourages sportsmanship
- Promotes social skills
- Favors decision-making
- Enhances energy level
- Strengthens cardiovascular and respiratory system
Track and Field
"Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too."- Pat Tyson
This sport is the base of every other sport. Given the physical demands of this sport, the students are able to develop their coordinative skills and physical abilities. It is a sport that requires lots of discipline and concentration and because it is mostly and individual sport, it helps build mental strength and emotional stability, as well as critical thinking. Athletics can teach students important values for dealing with circumstances in life and learn what healthy competition is while striving to be their best as individuals. Other benefits from practicing this sport are:
- Communication and affective skills
- Information management
- Commitment and integrity
“Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.” Melissa Hayden
Ballet is an activity that requires a lot of concentration on a psychic level, flexibility, coordination and rhythm. This discipline it’s an art form and also an exercise that has lots of benefits:
- Stimulates blood circulation and the respiratory system
- Helps eliminate body fat
- Rectifies bad postures
- Improves flexibility
- Develops coordination, agility and balance, as well as muscle development and correct formation of the spine
- Aids in the development of psychomotricity
- Improves reflexes
At JFK, our dance workshop focuses on these benefits but most importantly, we want students to learn that this discipline is a way to express and get to know themselves, and have fun.
"Ability may be what takes you to the top, but it is character that keeps you there." Author Katie, Clinton, MS, USA
Hands in your hips, a smile in your lips, spirit in your heart, we’re ready to start!
Cheerleading is a challenging sport that requires athleticism, strength, flexibility, coordination, and dedication. In addition, it is also a social, team-based activity that can help improve children's self-confidence and leadership skills. These are some of its benefits:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Strength building
- Improves flexibility
- Balance and coordination
Tae Kwon Do
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” - Confucius
Tae Kwon Do is a discipline that stimulates body control through martial arts exercises in which the student participates individually, improving their safety, confidence and body-mind stability. It is based on five principles: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable Spirit. The physical benefits are:
- Increases cardiovascular endurance
- Improves muscle strength
- Betters flexibility
- Aids in developing coordination rapidly
- Brings control to basic movements that will result in an optimum technique
- Develops concentration and discipline
- Promotes teamwork and fellowship
- Nurtures self-confidence
- Psychological and social benefits
- Emphasizes loyalty, honesty, respect and humility
“Help our students to achieve a constant personal growth, sustained effort and to develop a solid moral foundation”
Karate Do means “The Way of the Empty hand”. It is a martial art that promotes the overall development of the mind, body and spirit, in both men and women, regardless of their age. Practicing this sports discipline improves body coordination, strength, flexibility and speed. It also helps to develop skills that are useful when practicing any other physical-athletic activity.
Karate do teaches honesty and fair game, how to lead a decent life and to work hard to improve both mind and spirit, to counter violence, encourages to be loyal, truthful and defend ideals, as well as learn how to be constant and discipline.
As part of applied psychology, approaches the study of motor skills, integrated and coordinated by mental functions. It is based on the concept that mastering the body is the first condition for mastering behavior. JFK’s Psychomotricity program focuses on teaching children to recognize their major body segments and their exploration of the possibilities of movement. The program’s specific goals are:
- Developing basic movements such as crawling, running and jumping
- Reinforce values and character development
- Strengthening of balance and orientation
- Promoting individual and social attitudes
To develop the physical-athletic and sport abbilities to their highest potential, promote a healthy lifestyle and support the well-rounded training of the students.
To promote discipline, responsibility, honesty, commitment, and teamwork through sporting activities.
Sports are an essential part of the academic education of our students.
Inspire a sporting culture that becomes a lifestyle.
Develop students’ character and support their academic development, encouraging the achievement of personal goals.
That perseverance and daily effort become the basis for our students to overcome bstacles and be recognized as true leaders of the community.