Bringing physical literacy to Traverse City kids

As a physical therapist and son of a physical education teacher, I’ve always wanted to start a physical literacy program for kids.

This summer, with support from my Good Works Lab teammates, Common Good Bakery and Superior Physical Therapy, I will do just that. And I couldn’t be more excited.

What’s physical literacy?

“Physical literacy is the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person. It is the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life.”

MoveCorps is about kids learning fundamental movements (throwing/catching, jumping, kicking, striking, dodging, balance), making new friends, and having fun outside.

MoveCorps is data-driven and uses state-of-the-art heart rate monitor technology and software to engage and motivate the kids.

Our program design is inspired by the Society of Health and Physical Educators’ Physical Literacy work and their National Standards and Grade-level Outcomes.

Summer sessions are two weeks with twice-weekly classes, held 9-10 AM at the Civic Center. We’re thrilled to be able to offer MoveCorps sessions for students in pre-K through 8th grade. All abilities and experience levels are welcome.

Sessions for rising pre-K and kindergarteners:

  1. August Session (August 16, 18, 23, 25)

Sessions for rising 1st-3rd graders:

  1. August Session (August 8 ,10, 15, 17)

Sessions for rising 4th and 5th graders:

  1. August Session (August 22, 24, 29, 31)

Sessions for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders:

  1. July Session (July 26, 28, August 2, 4)

MoveCorps’ session cost for the two week program (4 classes) is $60 (or drop-in for a single class at $20).

Scholarships are available thanks to our fantastic sponsor, Superior Physical Therapy. Email for more scholarship information.

Registration is now open. See you soon, kids?

Ty Schmidt
Good Works Lab founder

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