Do you ever look back on your times in your childhood and think about all the fun you had at recess and gym class?
Now that I am getting older, it is worry-free times like that I often look back on. I just want to be a kid again and play the games that brought me so much joy in the past.
I have played sports my whole life. Often times, very competitively. That is just my nature. Recently though, I have tried to take a step back and play for fun.
A group of friends and I played in a kickball league this fall. This is a game that I haven’t played since I was outside at recess in fifth grade. After one season, I can honestly say it is the most fun I have ever had playing a sport of any kind.
Don’t get me wrong, we still like to win, but if we don’t, it is still a blast. We got a huge Bluetooth speaker and have been playing music loudly out on the field.
We may lose, we may win, but we always are having fun, and now that I’m older, that’s what I have learned to really care about. Sometimes we all get caught up in winning, and we miss out on the fun times that we could have been having. I am glad to have found a group of friends that have taught me that.
Currently at the Carlisle Family YMCA, we have two main events in which adults can compete — Street Hoops and our 7v7 Soccer League. We also offer Noon Time Hoops for Y members ages 19 and up Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m., and we are bringing back Pickleball this winter. Members can play for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-9 a.m. from Jan. 10-Feb. 16.
I am hoping to find more unique ways to get the adults in the community to come out and play in something a little less serious and enjoy themselves with good company. With such a large number of people participating in different Y events, I think it would be fun to come up with a new idea to bring to the adults in the area. Maybe we will find a variety of games that we may not play anymore as adults, but loved to play as a kid. These ideas could include things like kickball, dodgeball or wiffleball, or even something completely new like bubble soccer.
I am open to a variety of ideas and would love any input anyone may have. I am hoping to start this summer and continue to find fun and new ways to bring the community members together using old and new sports as that gateway. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 717-243-2525, ext 225.