AKASPORT supports our community whenever possible through donations, sponsorship, scholarships or volunteering.
We have developed a scholarship program for low income families in our community as well as a partnership with United Heroes League to support kids of military families.
To date we have provided over 20 full summer scholarships, organized Earth Day park clean ups, winter coat drives and donated camps and equipment to various organizations.
After School Program:
Beginning in 2009, AKASPORT has provided Fall, Winter and Spring multi-sport after school programs featuring 60-90 minutes of sports and fitness. We have introduced over 1800 kids to new sports including basketball, floor hockey, golf and archery! AKA has grown every year and is now in nine schools within Anoka-Hennepin, Spring Lake Park and Minneapolis school districts.
The AKA After School program fills a need and a growing demand for families seeking to keep their kids physically and socially active during the crucial after school hours when over 200,000 Minnesota kids are left responsible for taking care of themselves. Statistics show that the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex. However, statistics also show that after school programs produce multiple benefits for youth, including improvements in children's personal, social and academic skills, as well as their self-esteem. (afterschoolalliance.org)
We know there are numerous benefits to kids participating in after school programs and AKASPORT brings the added benefit of keeping kids active for the recommended 60 minutes a day to reduce the risks of obesity related illnesses. We want to ensure that every child has a safe and fun place to play, learn and grow after school.
Thank you to all of our donors including the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and Allina Health for recent contributions to our programs.
All Sports Summer Camp:
The AKASPORT All Sports Summer Camp is our largest program. We provide full day sport and fitness programs for kids age 6-15 for twelve weeks every summer.
The focus of the All Sports Camp is variety. Every week our campers participate in a new sport and exciting field trip. We believe that being exposed to multiple sports encourages kids to try new things, meet new people, learn bigger lessons and find healthy activities they can enjoy the rest of their lives. For over 12 years we have designed and implemented sports and games curriculum and have impacted the lives of over 1000 kids age 6-15.
The second reason AKA was developed was in response to the increase of competition in youth sports. Sports help kids develop physically while learning life lessons about teamwork and good sportsmanship. However, the number of kids under the age of 10 that play, train for and compete in only ONE sport all year long is rapidly increasing leading to unnecessary stress and overuse injuries in young athletes. The relentless pursuit of a single sport is very stressful for kids. It deprives them of opportunities to engage with a wider range of kids and try new things. And most importantly, it takes the fun out of the game.
AKASPORT was created for two main reasons:
First, the decrease in activity levels throughout the country leading to higher rates of obesity and obesity related illnesses in children. Currently, one in three children in the US is overweight or obese which increases their risks for heart disease, diabetes and asthma in addition to social and psychological issues such as discrimination and depression. Studies show that just 60 minutes of physical activity a day can help prevent all of these issues. AKA offers active programming for a minimum of 60 minutes during our after school programs and 4-6 hours of sports and games during our summer camps! Keeping physical activity FUN is the key to keeping kids active.
We are on a mission to keep sports fun so kids want to be physically active. We believe that exposed to multiple sports and active events encourages kids to try new things, meet new people, learn bigger lessons and find healthy activities they can enjoy.