Families & Professionals -
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition has selected James Madison University to host its first Inclusive Youth Sports Festival. The festival is inspired by the President’s Council’s mission to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and abilities and to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all Americans.
The Festival — from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the University Recreation Center on the campus east of Interstate 81 — will promote various sporting activities for children from ages 7 to 22 (range expanded) with a range of abilities (with and without disabilities) The festival hopes to attract about 150 participants from within a 90-minute radius of JMU. In addition to the children’s activities, the festival, which will be free of charge, will feature information tables staffed by various community organizations that work with youth and families.
The children who attend will circulate through multiple stations, where they will participate in baseball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, pickleball and soccer. A healthy eating station will be set up as well. Members of the President’s Council (e.g. professional athletes and celebrities) will be special guests at the event and will help coach participants through these sporting activities.