Extreme Extravaganzas

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Playworks Chicago kept our students moving with our League Extravaganzas! Boys from Namaste, Peterson, Inter-American Magnet, Melody, and Cameron Elementary schools came together at Wicker Park Field House for a skills-building baskethball clinic.

Our extravaganzas provide an opportunity for players to learn fundamentals and conclude with scrimmages putting newly acquired skills to the test. Players practice different skills at different stations ran by a Playworks coach, and learned dribbling, shooting, ball handling, and passing.

After spring break, Coach Paris and Sexton Elementary School. The spring Playworks developmental league is co-ed volleyball, and like the basketball leagues, the season kicked off with an Extravaganza. The volleyball league is great because students are able to try a sport that is less mainstream for 4th and 5th graders and most students are not introduced to volleyball until middle or high school. The volleyball league is also a chance for boys and girls to play together on the same team, which breaks down gender barriers that often exist. The skills practiced during the volleyball extravaganza were bumps, sets, overhand and underhand serves, and digs. The day concluded with rotation practice, providing the students with a game-like scenario to practice their skills. A visiting Program Manager from Playworks Denver, Coach Brad, closed out the day with a great cheer. The Extravaganza was a wonderful way to kick off the spring leagues season!

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