Family Fit Night
Family Fit Night is a quarterly youth program offered by Greenbelt’s Recreation Department. The description in the city’s Recreation Activity Guide reads: “GET ACTIVE! Join family and friends for a night of fitness activities that will get you moving. Hula Hoop Dance Challenges, hot shot drills, jump rope endurance, inﬂatable orb racing, and much more! Families with children ages 5-16 are welcome. Greenbelt, an official Let’s Move! City, created the Family Fit Night program in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. All participants are eligible to enter a raffle for Recreation Department prizes. Location: Springhill Lake Recreation Center Gym; Date: Friday, July 6, 2012; Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm.”
This display at the entrance to the gym lists various activities offered by the Department of Recreation, from seasonal celebrations to artful afternoons, visual and performing arts programs, and sports events. On the table the white sheets are for people who want to keep track of their scores in tonight’s 7 activities.
1. Jump Rope
2. ZORB Racing
A leaf blower is used to inflate the transparent spheres.
Frank Jones, Recreation Coordinator, closes the zipper.
They are off.
Hanging on the wall are three international championship banners for the Greenbelt Lady Angels basketball team at the M3 Canadian Basketball League in Montreal. The Lady Angels practice here at Springhill Lake Recreation Center gym, and they have just left for Montreal for this year’s tournament.
3. Two Ball Shooting Drill
This game is also called Around the World and involves two players playing against two others and shooting from several positions along the 3-point line.
5. Hot Shot 1 on 1 Inflatable
7. Hula Hoop Dance
A DJ spins music for Family Fit Night.
There is some showboating on the basketball court.
Kayode Lewis, Recreation Coordinator and an organizer of Family Fit Night, tells me that this program is part of the Get Active Greenbelt initiative, which was created in 2007. In 2010, Greenbelt also became one of the Let’s Move Cities, a program guided by First Lady Michelle Obama. Family Fit Night is held every quarter, alternately at Springhill Lake Recreation Center and Greenbelt Youth Center. Both parents and children are invited to participate in these activities together.