Chasity Hinton watched her son, Chantler, attentively as he stood at third base during a tee ball game at Wards Recreation Complex on Saturday.
The young mother sprang from her post near the dugout and ran to redirect his path towards home plate after one of Chantler’s teammates hit a ground ball on the infield.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Greenville Park Commission Recreation coordinator Kyla Winford. “The National Parks and Recreation Association officially kicked off its Health and Fitness Day on June 12 to set the tone for the rest of the summer. The idea is to get the whole family involved. Both the children and the adults can benefit from moving and getting healthier.”
Winford’s words were also embodied in the multigenerational crowd on hand as retired grandparents Lonnie and a Thelma Johnson watched their grandson, Jermaine, participate in the Tiny Tee League season opener.
The Greenville Park Commission’s rendition of Health and Fitness Day encompassed activities for people of all ages. In an adjacent baseball field, Greenville Parks and Recreation Director Corey Holmes had several activities designed to help local youngsters with movement and coordination skills necessary in athletic competition. “
Kids ages 7-13 participate in the box jump, complete pull ups, run with parachutes, bounce and catch tennis balls and jump rope to measure their agility, speed, hand eye coordination and ability to control their own body weight. This will kickoff our 180 Program for kids who are beginning to play middle school soccer, football, basketball and other sports. The program will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.”
As Wards Recreational Complex was abuzz Saturday morning with activities designed to keep the body fit, Kenyatta Butts, connected the dots on a more holistic wellness picture when asked why she brought her 4-year-old son, Kahnno,r to the event.
“I want him to grow up with the experience of playing outside and how to deal with teammates and interact with other people,” Butts explained. “He’s excited because he really loves playing with kids his age.”