Game a slam dunk for get­ting life skills

The Western Star - - OPINION NEWS - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­

AS I WRITE about the Roma re­turn of world-class basketball coach Brian Kerle, I am trans­ported back to when I spent many an af­ter­noon shoot­ing hoops and travers­ing the wooden floors of my school’s basketball court, of­ten bright red in the face.

Due to my height, I of­ten played the more de­fen­sive po­si­tions, but I still main­tain that shoot­ing a hoop from the three is one of the best feel­ings in the world.

It is great to see th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing to Roma, and this is a per­fect time for chil­dren of any age to get in­volved.

Though the usual ben­e­fits of team sports are well ad­ver­tised, the im­prove­ments in fitness and team­work, there are many other life skills that can be learned from tak­ing to the court.

Risk tak­ing, prob­lem solv­ing and hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion, along with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship, are some of the many other ben­e­fits, and this week­end is the per­fect time to get a head start with the help of a top mentor.

Basketball also hap­pens to be a round-the-year sport, as in Roma it is played in­doors to avoid the weather, which makes it a per­fect pas­time for those look­ing to com­mit long term.

With that, I en­cour­age kids to have a go and get on court this week­end.

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