SACC Athletes Go for the Gold
Children from 22 Fairfax County School Age Child Care Centers (SACC) participated in a Track and Field Meet at West Potomac High School on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. According to LaTisha Robinson, center supervisor at the Ravensworth SACC center, nearly 350 children ages 5–8 years competed in four traditional track and field events.
This is the second year the SACC program has organized a track and field event for its younger children.
Robinson explained, “For some time SACC has offered a flag football tournament for children in grades three–six, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for kindergarten–second grade students to be exposed to an organized sport in a safe, positive and fun environment.”
Each participating center has a staff member who took on the role of track coach. The coach facilitated a variety of activities designed to develop skills in the area of track and field– training weekly with the children over the course of three months.
The children trained for four events: 50-yard dash, 100-yard dash, javelin throw and 4 x 1 relay. These events provide the best opportunity for children to learn the basic fundamentals of track and field.
“Through track and field, we focus on the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, as well as building confidence, strength and endurance,” Robinson explained. Each child worked hard to prepare for the events, and received a medal for their participation in the meet.
The children were extremely enthusiastic about participating in each of the events and were thrilled to be cheered on by their friends and family. “It is a wonderful accomplishment for the children and an exciting SACC family event!” said Anne Goldstein, SACC director.