Tupelo looks to keep kids busy this spring break

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city this month will offer a first-of-its-kind program to get kids off the couch and onto the court – or into the field or the pool.
From March 15-18, the Tupelo Sports Council’s Sports 4 Life Spring Break Camp will engage children in a variety of activities from sunup to sundown.
Registration is open to youth ages 8-14 and is limited to the first 50 children. Cost is $100 per child, and it includes a T-shirt and healthy lunches and snacks daily.
All children, regardless of ability or special needs, can sign up.
“We’re trying to develop sportsmanship skills and educate our youth on becoming healthy citizens,” said Sims Meredith, sports director for the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department.
Among the numerous activities planned are basketball, soccer, flag football, swimming, tennis, kickball, horseshoes and badminton. The emphasis, Meredith said, will be on having fun more so than on competition.
Children will be grouped by age and supervised by Parks and Recreation staff.
“It’s a way for some kids to learn some basic skills,” said Leigh Ann Kukyendall, also with the Parks and Recreation Department. “We could introduce them to something they could embrace and play the rest of their life.”

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.