This program builds upon the foundation set in the “My Turn to Coach” program allowing students to take on the role as head coach. This program provides further training for MJKO participants to be successful in today’s competitive job market. Each youth leader accepted into Take the Lead will receive leadership training, CPR training, and boxing coaching certification. The goal is for each trainee to successfully host one fun and high quality Neighborhood Games boxing event in their community.
Take the Lead with 10 Year old Youth Coach Kiara
The session I conducted was called “Basket with a Punch”. The theme of the class was to combine boxing with basketball. I had a lot of fun conducting the class. At first I was nervous, but thanks to Michelle who was always there to guide me, I got my confidence and conducted the class with a lot of energy and fun.
We started off introducing ourselves by tossing the basketball to each other. Then we played a cool math game that uses circuit based drills and multiplication. Michelle helped me with this. It was great warm up. After that, we played a game called ‘Cat and Mouse ‘ which is a tag game. Everyone had lots of fun running from the cat. Next, we moved on to shadow boxing. After all the new people learned the basic punches I split everyone in to 5 groups. Each group was doing a different activity. We conducted activities like knowledge on basketball, focus pad drills and the most fun of them all, was the skipping which was my personal favourite.
After the stations it was time to move on to relay races between two teams. This was a lot of fun, and high energy. It was a great exercise too.The class ended with a cool downs. This helped us relax. While we were doing the cool downs, my father arranged the table with fruit kebabs which my brother Calvin and I had prepared for all the whole team.
Overall, it was a amazing experience for me as I got a chance to lead a group of people who were all much older than me. A big Thank You to Miranda, Michelle and Ibrahim for giving me this chance!
To watch Kiara in action click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mFzYlpEQvM