LiFEsports is an Ohio State program that fosters social competence among youth through their involvement in sports, fitness, and educational activities. LiFEsports hosts an annual summer camp on campus, and this year, opened the doors to their first-ever community-based program at Beatty Community Center in Columbus, thanks to funding from the Lindy Infante Foundation, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Urban Strategies, Inc., and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. Other sponsors include the ADAMH Board of Franklin County and Cardinal Health. This summer nearly 100 additional youth are being served at Beatty in LiFEsports+.
Participants in LiFEsports+ at Beatty were introduced to 4-H programming with curriculum that included ChickQuest, Rockets Away and Young Engineers in Solar Energy. They learned basic art skills with Get Started in Art and experienced cooking lessons with Let’s Start Cooking, Snack Attack, Awesome Meals and Global Gourmet. Two 4-H educators from the Franklin County Extension office manage this program, along with leaders from the College of Social Work and the Department of Athletics.
Youth participating in ChickQuest.