Archive for May, 2010

New! Team Game for Building Strength and Cooperation

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Catch Running Man Before He Gets Away
   Here is a team activity that school & college coaches, PE instructors and community event organizers will appreciate. The Running Man works for almost any age, from ages 5+ to adults and seniors, and does not require a high physical skill ability level to participate. Benefits: Wrist and forearm strength, teamwork, cooperation, communication skills, sports preparedness and cognition.

The running man consists of 2 dowels that are connected by rope. The object is to move the running man between the handles. Participants can run one directional sprint races or even relay races. One of the best aspects of the Running Man activity is its versatility: it can be played one-on-one, two-on-two, in teams with up to 24 players, as well as inside and outside.

Build Hand Strength & Cooperation Skills
In order to be successful, the players work together when performing team runs. Communication is the key to success. That’s why Running Man is a great way to boost team spirit and cooperative skills amongst your team.

While the muscular benefits of Running Man are easy to see – wrist and forearm toning, the long-term benefits of this game are plentiful. It’s a great training tool for sports such as baseball, gymnastics, rowing and tennis. And strengthening muscles in your arms is beneficial to typing, handwriting and other skills that require dexterity and control.

Transition the fun of Running Man to the discipline of working with free weights, racquets, rowing, baseball bats and more. Build your team for the next championship win!

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Your Friends at Mansion Athletics

Exciting NCAA March Madness Is Here!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Whatever sport we coach or enjoy today, who doesn’t enjoy a spirited game of hoops every now and then. Most families have a basketball board, and whether you are a coach, dad, mom or player a quick round of hoops can be invigorating.

  Did you know? James Naismith, a Physical Education instructor, invented basketball at a Massachusetts Y.M.C.A. gymnasium. On March 11, 1892 – just 118 years ago today – the first public basketball game was played in Springfield, Mass. Whether you love to dribble or shoot, basketball is a great way to build team spirit, cooperation and physical fitness, even when done from the seated position of a wheelchair.


In Springfield, Naismith was faced with the problem of finding a sport that was suitable for play inside during the Massachusetts winter for the students at the School for Christian Workers. Naismith wanted to create a game of skill for the students instead of one that relied solely on strength. He needed a game that could be played indoors in a relatively small space. The first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals. Naismith joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1898.

In addition to the creation of the basketball, James Naismith graduated as a medical doctor, primarily interested in sports science. Naismith watched his sport, basketball, introduced in many nations by the YMCA movement. Today basketball has grown to become one of the world’s most popular sports.

For more than a century, basketball has been an exciting, challenging and adaptable activity for men and women of all ages and abilities.

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Money For Your Athletics Program

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Hot new funding sources identified by our partners, to help you secure funding for your important PE and athletics projects:

 Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation Supports Public School Projects
 Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation supports K-12 public school projects including clean-up, landscaping and painting; playground enhancements; and minor repair/renovation of public school buildings. The LCEF awards more than $3 million annually to schools and other diverse organizations across the United States. The Foundation provides funding in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000. An on-line application is the only method for submitting a request to the Lowe’s Foundation. There is a rolling deadline on a quarterly basis- you may apply now between October 16 – January 15, January 16 – April 15; April 16 – July 15; and July 16 – October 15. For complete details, eligibility test, and application go to
Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation

  Coca Cola Foundation Target Education
 The Coca-Cola Foundation can partner with you in three main areas:
 1. Higher Education: programs that encourage students to stay in school and to proceed with confidence to college and perhaps graduate school;
 2. Classroom Teaching & Learning: Innovative K-12 public school programs; smaller projects dealing with specific activities in elementary/secondary classrooms; and teacher development programs;
 3. Global Exchange: programs that promote international study or encourage education outside the United States.
 The Coca-Cola Foundation Board of Directors review funding recommendations at quarterly meetings. All requests receive a written response when the review process is complete.
Click here to learn how to apply for a grant

 Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation
 The
IWP Foundation makes grants to organizations dedicated to serving developing innovative programs, disseminating ideas, or providing direct care or services for children with special needs, acute illnesses or chronic disabilities. The Foundation accepts grant requests from January 1, 2010 up to and including August 31, 2010. However, IWPF will consider Grant Requests not exceeding $5,000 throughout the year if funds are not exhausted from grants approved at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees. Grants will be made on a one time basis to either supplement other funding obtained by the applicant or totally support a proposal. Click here to learn how to apply

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Mansion Athletics

One Easy Tip For All Of Us Who Cannot Make Time For Fitness

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Many of us did it again last year, made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape and forgot all about by the third week of January. Not to worry, we will help you find easy ways to make this year different. The one keyword to remember this year is “Move”. Think up all the ways you can incorporate physical movement in your daily busy routine. Here are some ideas:

 ♦ Walk Fido! If you are a dog owner, no easier to get fit yourself, then walking your dog
 ♦ Walk or bike with your kids to school, if that is a feasible option.
 ♦ If you are a coach, participate in some of the fitness routines with your players. Warming up and cooling down with your team is a great way to get on the path to fitness yourself.
 ♦ Glued to TV: Not a problem, we do not judge. Just use a pair of cushioned dumbbells or hand-strengtheners like the gripmaster, while you watch TV.
 ♦ At work, climb stairs instead of using the elevator.

 Yes, it is going to be a whole lot easier this year. Whether you are a busy coach, mom, dad or athlete, Just move.

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Your Friends at Mansion Athletics

Coaching Success With Smart Passing Tips

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Team passing sports, such as soccer, football, hockey, require your players to work in groups to plan, organize, and win games. You can be most effective as a coach when you individualize your teaching to the needs of each player in your team. Here are some smart tips to adapt teaching passing skills to the level of the individual player:

♦ Students with lower muscular strength will be better able to throw, catch, or kick using the Flyweight Ball, Soft Strike Soccerball and Foam Football.

♦ Different sizes and colors of Balls give all students a chance to developmentally progress in their passing skills. Soccer balls come in various colors and sizes to jumpstart dribbling and shooting skills. Different lengths of Hockey Sticks allow students of various heights to play with the correct stick length. Handballs of different sizes enable students to play with the ball that is developmentally appropriate when playing team handball. Different sizes and weights of Footballs allow students with differing abilities to throw more accurately, catch more often, and participate more successfully while playing flag football

♦ Students with visual impairments and limited attention spans can use the Jingle Bell Balls or Ringing Soccer Balls to help track the ball on the field or court

Beanbags and Ruff/Ready Foam Balls are easier and safer for lesser skilled students to throw and catch

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Your Friends at Mansion Athletics

Winter Trends in Exergaming

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Exergaming connects your TV with physical activity to make fitness FUN!

    Open the box, connect the included cable to your TV. Grab the game device: bowling ball, power boxing, baseball, fitness pad, dance pad, game bike and more. Then play, play, play! Newer systems allow an entire group of people to interact with the TV using a group of game devices. Imagine the fun at family gatherings, community & school events, fitness programs, rain days or when you are snowed in.

We know Cardio is good for our hearts, muscles, and circulation, but because it’s so repetitive, it can get boring fast. We pass the time by listening to iPods, watching TV or movies, reading magazines and books, and we have seen reports of people knitting on the treadmill. Exergaming is a new way to help you forget you’re exercising. One example is the Brain Bike. It’s a game device attached to a stationary bike, and there are 22 “brain-stimulating exercises” or games, that challenge your mind and memory.

At a recent Club Industry event there was no other product in more demand or drawing bigger crowds than the interactive exergaming wall system called Lightspace Wall Play. YMCA’s , Schools and Park Districts are moving into the Lightspace Wall Play because of the positive impact this machine is making.

Whether you are looking for a two-player exergaming unit for your home, or a group exergaming system for your school, you will fall in love with the simple technology, bright lights and the flexibility of adding more games to the exergame. Perfect fun, come rain or snow!

Play More, Win More!
Your Friends at Mansion Athletics

Coaching Success With Smart Passing Tips

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Team passing sports, such as soccer, football, hockey, require your players to work in groups to plan, organize, and win games. You can be most effective as a coach when you individualize your teaching to the needs of each player in your team. Here are some smart tips to adapt teaching passing skills to the level of the individual player:

♦ Students with lower muscular strength will be better able to throw, catch, or kick using the Flyweight Ball, Soft Strike Soccerball and Foam Football.

♦ Different sizes and colors of Balls give all students a chance to developmentally progress in their passing skills. Soccer balls come in various colors and sizes to jumpstart dribbling and shooting skills. Different lengths of Hockey Sticks allow students of various heights to play with the correct stick length. Handballs of different sizes enable students to play with the ball that is developmentally appropriate when playing team handball. Different sizes and weights of Footballs allow students with differing abilities to throw more accurately, catch more often, and participate more successfully while playing flag football

♦ Students with visual impairments and limited attention spans can use the Jingle Bell Balls or Ringing Soccer Balls to help track the ball on the field or court

Beanbags and Ruff/Ready Foam Balls are easier and safer for lesser skilled students to throw and catch

Play More, Win More!
Your Friends at Mansion Athletics

Great Month for Grants for Your School

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

At Mansion Athletics, we can help you locate funding opportunities for your team and class. The Hilton Hotels Support Schools, Youth & Healthcare is one such that can be perfect for your institution.

The Hilton Hotels Corporation’s charitable giving interests are focused in four areas: K-12 Education Programs; Youth Programs; Health Care Programs, and Civic Affairs & Public Policy.

Agencies interested in receiving funds from the Hilton Hotels Corporation must complete the Hilton Hotels Contribution Request Application Form and provide attachments including the 501 c3 certificate, tax form 990, most recent audit, current year’s operating budget, Board of Directors list, list of the 10 most recent contributions received, an organizational description, and a project budget. Hilton does not give individual scholarships, or support for sports teams, for-profit businesses, operating deficits, hospitals, promotional materials, or conferences. The average award ranges between $2,000 and $10,000; Hilton occasionally makes larger gifts.

Hilton Hotels Corporation supports organizations that are located in communities where the company has a corporate office or a major operating presence (with primary emphasis in California and Tennessee). For support of programs out of these geographic areas, you can write to the General Manager of your local Hilton Family of Brands hotel.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, but reviewed only at Contribution Review Committee meetings (scheduled for March, June, September and December).

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