During the 2006-2007 school year, staff from Young Adult Programs in both Ottawa ISD and KRESA met together to brainstorms on the possibility of developing lifetime recreation and leisure activities for students in their districts, including friendly competition. With the encouragement and assistance from Steve Youngblood of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department, they were able to establish billiards teams from each of their districts. They located volunteer coaches within their community to train the students at local billiard halls. They also held two tournaments as a culminating event.
We have now grown to include VanBuren County Young Adults and plan several exciting opportunities in the community for our students to encourage them to develop interests and skills in activities that may be available to them in their adult lives. Our intent is to have organized, friendly competitions between the three counties in which students will learn about and develop some skills they may use outside of school. Each winning team will be provided with a "traveling" trophy. The students will have the opportunity to select team names and then design team apparel. Our students will also have the opportunity to learn from coaches who are involved with these activiites in their communities. Most importantly, we want to have fun!
The first event of the school year is a kayaking competition. The three Intermediate School Districts gather at Georgetown Community Park to race their kayaks. Family and friends attend to cheer their team on. Other activities planned each year include a billiards competition, line-dancing, fishing and a walk/run event.