Play 60 summer camps teach kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle

1 year 3 weeks 23 hours ago July 02, 2016 Jul 2, 2016 Saturday, July 02 2016 Saturday, July 02, 2016 6:15:00 AM CDT in News
By: Landon Burke, KOMU 8 Anchor
loading

COLUMBIA - "Play 60" is a national nutrition and exercise program to encourage kids to lead healthier lives. This summer, the camp has come to Columbia.

Columbia's Play 60 camp is hosted at Strength & Conditioning Factory on the north side of town. Each day, campers come in for warm-up stretches, then take to the turf for a workout. Athletes practice agility, speed and endurance drills. After working up a good sweat, they kick back for a movie and a healthy snack.

The local Play 60 operation is spearheaded by JD Franklin and Carlos Hall, both personal trainers, and former professional football players.

Franklin and Hall said their main priority with Play 60 is to establish an active generation by teaching kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

"We try to teach the kids about nutrition, and we try to get the kids out of the house," Hall said. "We figured, we've got the spot, we've got the location... it was just something we wanted to do for Columbia."

At the camp, athletes are coached by qualified personal trainers, that can adjust each drill to match a kid's level of ability. The coaches said they hope to make exercise fun for everyone.

"Our vision for this program is to get as many kids out of the house and off the video games as we can," Hall said.

Franklin said today's kids live in a very different culture than he did as a child. He said it can be very tempting for kids to spend all their free time on electronic gadgets likes smart phones or video games. 

"When I was a kid, we didn't have cell phones," Franklin said. "Our 'cell phones' were the play grounds, the bicycles, the skateboards... that's what we did for our playtimes."

Franklin said he hopes Play 60 will encourage kids to once again pursue more active forms of play.

"We're trying to bring that back."

In addition to honing their camper's athletic skills, the coaches also were very deliberate in creating a culture of encouragement among the athletes. After every drill, the coaches make sure athletes are congratulating one another, and challenging each other to push themselves.

"Sometimes all you need is a little boost or a push," Franklin said. "A handshake, a pat on the back or a high five or something to encourage that kid... sometimes that's all that kid may need."

At the beginning of the first practice, none of the campers knew anyone in their group. They were strangers... different ages, and from different schools. But by the time their parents came to pick them up, they were laughing and joking with one another.

Kylie Lawrence, one of the coaches at Play 60, said knowing how to work as a team is an important skill in any sport, and in life.

"You're a brotherhood in here, you're a family," Lawrence said.

After the first day of training, KOMU 8 news talked to all of the athletes about their thoughts on camp. The campers said the training was not always easy, but they all said they had a good time doing it. 

"It was hard, but it was fun at the same time," one camper said.

"I encourage all the kids to come out here and have fun, and actually work hard," another athlete said.

Franklin said attendance has skyrocketed since day one.

The Play 60 camps will run through the first week of August. If you want to learn more about how you can sign your child up for Play 60, you can find more information here.

More News

Grid
List
SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been flown to a hospital in serious condition and six... More >>
23 minutes ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 11:20:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head in a... More >>
28 minutes ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks after jumping off... More >>
1 hour ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 10:26:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a man has beaten four people with a hammer as they slept in a... More >>
1 hour ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 10:22:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators are returning to the Capitol for a special session on abortion legislation. ... More >>
1 hour ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 10:16:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON — The Fulton Fire Department is investigating the cause of a house fire on Nichols Street early Monday. ... More >>
2 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 9:26:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a taxi driver has fatally shot a passenger in his cab on Interstate 70... More >>
3 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 8:03:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON – Westminster College begins three different summer academic programs this week, one of which has never been seen before... More >>
4 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 7:42:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The “Cornerstones of Columbia” event will take place Monday night starting at 5:30 outside of “Hittsville”, where the... More >>
4 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 6:51:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's executive office is working on an initiative to help bolster the sales of Missouri farmers within the... More >>
15 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 7:58:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Two gym owners pushed a truck around town to raise money for charity Sunday afternoon. Michael Egnew and... More >>
18 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 5:34:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Mediation is the next step for a federal lawsuit that alleges a former Missouri police officer... More >>
22 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 1:05:44 PM CDT in News
DUTCHTOWN (AP) — A village in southeast Missouri has no elected officials to make decisions after flooding in recent years... More >>
23 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 12:34:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me State Games have been taking place this weekend across Columbia despite the heat. Participants have played... More >>
23 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 12:03:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police have identified the man who died of gunshot wound at the hospital Saturday night. Officers were... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:37:00 PM CDT in News
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department canceled the Endangered SILVER Advisory for Thomas B. Carman after he has... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:26:55 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Saturday former Mizzou Football and basketball raised over $40,000 for charity and left it all on the court... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT in News
STURGEON - Extreme heat caused the Boone County Fair to get off to a late start on Saturday. "The... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:24:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
12pm 82°
1pm 84°
2pm 85°
3pm 86°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Midnight, Texas
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld