The Town of Hamburg’s Start Smart programs that help children get ready for sports and success in life have been recognized by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
Hamburg Recreation Supervisor Tim Jerome received a certificate recognizing the sustained dedication of the town ensuring that youth participating in sports have a safe and positive experience. Hamburg was one of 10 recreation entities to receive the award at a recent meeting of alliance chapters.
Start Smart introduces children 3 to 5 years old to a particular sport in a safe and fun environment with a parent on hand to encourage and support the child.
“We work on developing the basic motor skills, as child with parent participates in drills together at stations under the watchful eye of the program staff,” said Martin C. Denecke, director of the Town Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services. “Smart Start instructs the parent how to teach the child and promotes healthy participation and healthy competition.”
The Start Smart model also is being used in tennis, where Hamburg is working with the United States Tennis Association and launching Kids Tennis Club Thursday.
The Kids Club is based on the United States Tennis Association 10 and Under Program and costs $10 per participant with their own racquet. Those without a racquet pay $20 and will be provided a new one to keep.
The youngest children in the tennis program begin with “Start Smart,” followed by the “10 and Under Tennis” lesson and play format. The USTA also created Junior Team Tennis in a “Little League” format.
The Kids Tennis Club will be launched Thursday and will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for eight Thursdays at the Frontier High School auxiliary gym.
A Start Smart Baseball Session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 28. A Start Smart Soccer Session will be held at 6 p.m. Mondays starting March 4. Both programs are held in the Big Tree Elementary gym, and space is limited.
Also this week:
• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1, followed by a regular meeting in the board room in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. The board will conduct public hearings on the dissolution of the Mt. Vernon Sewer District and allowing certain manufacturing in a general commercial district.
• The village Planning Board will meet at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.