WHERE NEED MEETS OPPORTUNITY
Across the US there is a recognition that team sports and exercise should play a bigger part of people's lives, especially in the lives of children and adolescents who are spending more time watching television, in front of the computers, or following social medial platforms. According to reports by Designed to Move (2015) and Merkel (2013), it showed that as children reach adolescence, their preferences for physical action or inactivity begin taking shape and typically hardened by early adulthood. These
early years provide a critical window for creating a lifelong commitment to physical activity. Physical activity and participating in team sports has multiple, far reaching benefits and effects that last into adulthood. For example, healthy lifestyles, leadership and teamwork, high self-esteem, educational benefits beyond high school, and discipline, respect, and trust.
Trial by Fire Youth Track & Field Club focus is to give young people opportunities to learn the fundamental skills of track and field and to encourage them to compete well, do their best, and to strive to win within the rules safely and successfully. By integrating the basic elements of the sport and reinforcing the positive life-long benefits and effects of physical activity will help shape the lives of young people, their families and their communities. Our goal is to change the conversation around sports and exercise and to make it more appealing to young people to get fit in a fun and healthy environment.