Spring Sports programs include co-ed soccer, golf, baseball, flag football, track and basketball. Deadline to register is March 21.
An exciting Spring Sports season for students in kindergarten through eighth grades is set to launch in April with co-ed sports including basketball for grades K-2; golf, grades K-5; flag football, grades 3-8; soccer, grades 3-8; track & field, grades 6-8; and baseball, grades 6-8.
Students must register by March 21 to participate.
Each sport start-date will vary by school. Parents who want their children to participate must complete an Application, Parent Consent Form and Physical Form at their local school.
As part of the district’s five-year Strategic Plan to offer all DPS students in grades K-8 an opportunity to play in an organized sport, the Detroit Public Schools Elementary-Middle School Athletics Program opened in the fall of 2013 with more than 900 students participating in co-ed soccer, basketball and football. Roughly 750 students are currently finishing up the winter Boys Middle School Basketball League, co-ed basketball in grades K-5 and cheerleading.
The DPS Elementary-Middle School Sports Program will hold a Middle School Jamboree, Championship Game, All-Star Game and Cheer Competition from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday March 29, 2014 at Renaissance High School.
One of the driving forces behind the creation of the Middle School Athletics Program was that statistics show children fare better in school when they are involved in sports, said Edward Tomlin, Director of DPS Elementary-Middle School Athletics.
The new youth sports league was initiated with direct support from UAW-Ford, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the DPS Foundation and experienced providers such as Healthy Kidz, Inc.
Participating students in grades K-5 are taught the fundamentals of a variety of sports, including proper technique, skill development and character building within a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Students in grades 6-8 continue to sharpen their skills and character building, with a dose of healthy competition. Coaches include representatives of the service providers, parent volunteers, and teachers.