Grab your sneakers and get ready to hit the court; it’s basketball season in the Capital City!

Trenton’s Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture recently announced the launch of Trenton’s basketball clinics for Spring 2023. These classes are open to children in 1st through 12th grade. Players will be split by age and ability. Practices will take place at the following locations:

    • 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Parker School, Monument, or Kilmer
    • 10:00 – 11:30 am, Grades 7th-12th, Lipinski Court, Carter Park, Limmie Caver Sr. Court (MLK), or Cadwalader Park
    • 5:15 – 6:15 pm, Grades 1st-6th, Lipinski Court, Carter Park, Limmie Caver Sr. Court (MLK), or Cadwalader Park

All participants are encouraged to bring their basketball if they have one available. Brian Goss, Craig Owens, Gregory Richards, and more will teach these free clinics. Children are welcome to participate at no cost to the family. Registration will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is happening now, so if you wish to participate in this program, please contact (609) 414-5155 for information on how to get started.

Participating in sports can be a life-changing endeavor for the young person in your life. According to data published by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, youth participation in sports can be tremendously significant in its short- and long-term benefits. Not only that, but sports participation can impact both physical and mental health. Just a few of the mental health benefits children can potentially enjoy include:

  • Higher self-esteem and confidence
  • Less substance abuse and lower instances of risky behaviors
  • Lower rates of anxiety and depression
  • Increased cognitive performance
  • Lower amounts of stress

Likewise, some of the numerous physical benefits associated with sports participation include the following:

  • Increased cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness
  • Reduced risk of cancer and diabetes
  • Improved bone health
  • Improved weight status
  • The increased overall quality of life.

In addition to these physical and mental benefits, sports can positively impact a child’s academic and social life. For all-around improvements in quality of life, sports participation is a surefire way to set positive momentum in motion.

This excellent program is brought to the children of Trenton by the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture. In addition to seasonal basketball leagues, the department offers a variety of other recreational and community activities, including recreation centers, after-school programs, public swimming pools, and more. Trenton seeks to provide its residents with a high quality of life through community enrichment, cultural programming, and well-maintained recreational facilities. Additional details regarding available recreation resources in the city can be found here: Dept. of Recreation – Trenton.

Spring is fast-approaching, so enroll your child as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this or other programs the city offers, please get in touch with the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture at 609-989-3635 for additional details. So don’t miss your shot to hit the court this springtime; enroll today!

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