With the long summer days around the corner for Dallas students, the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center – in partnership with Texas Health Resources’ YES Dallas initiative – will offer a variety of free fitness and wellness classes to middle school students every week throughout the summer. The YES Dallas program, which kicked off earlier this year, will amp up its in-person and virtual offerings this summer and will continue through the fall. In an effort to inspire life-long healthy living habits, classes will cover everything from basketball and gardening, to nutrition, physical fitness and more, with prizes for participation.
Registration is required, and the deadline to sign up is May 1. Space is limited. Upon completion of all enrollment forms, each student will receive a $25 gift card.
YES Dallas (Youth Engagement in Sports) aims to increase physical activity and instill health and wellness habits. The students will have an opportunity to complete an urban gardening curriculum and become certified Junior Master Gardeners. (NOTE: Students must be enrolled in the YES Dallas program to participate in the Junior Master Gardeners class, and they may sign up when they register.) For more information, visit yesdallas.org. To be contacted, go to surveymonkey.com/r/J38Z6LQ. Those interested may also participate in Healthy Grilling sessions where the students will learn to prepare food, earn their food handler permit and obtain their CPR/first aid certification.
To be eligible, students must be 11-14 years of age; commit to being active for at least 60 minutes each day; complete two fitness assessments and physical literacy surveys; and obtain permission from a parent/guardian to participate. A variety of class dates and times will be offered on Saturday mornings and after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Located at 1800 Bonnie View Rd. in Dallas’ Oak Cliff, the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center is a multi-purpose facility for neighborhood youth and families, providing sports and leadership programs.
For more info, call 214-379-7451 or go to markcubanheroescenter.org.