One of our most critical core values that we teach within our camps is often overlooked in the realm of sports and competition and that value is positive relationship skills. Surely, if you have been reading throughout this site and our affiliated social media sites, you will notice that we often cite positivity as a key recipe in building the ultimate teammate, and for good reason. Positivity can play a huge role in sports, it can motivate a child when they are performing poorly on the court and boost self-esteem when facing challenging situations, but it can play an even bigger role in life outside of sports.
Take psychologist Jolanta Burke, a researcher at Trinity College School of Education in Dublin, who recently found in a study that children who learned positive relationship skills had a more positive approach to adversity, performed better in school, and were less likely to suffer from bullying and depression. This recent study supports a similar study in 2011 from the American Academy of Pediatrics that concluded that children with positive attitudes were 50% less likely to suffer from depression as a teen.
Knowing the impact of learning positive relationship skills, here at Game On! we feel like it is our duty to instill and reinforce these skills daily with our campers. Some skill building tools that you will see us use within our camp include the following:
The combination of these different skill building tools will create a positive, joyful atmosphere that will encourage campers to challenge themselves and reach new heights within their basketball game as well as taking on challenges outside of the court!
The Game On! team is full of energetic coaches and staff who have a passion for sports and helping children grow. This blog represents some of their interests and useful information they feel is important to share with our campers and their families.