As a society, we spend a lot of time and effort tearing each other down.
We talk behind each other's backs, we sabotage each other, we bully each other, we say and post cruel and hurtful things about each other, and we celebrate when people crack under the social pressure or when they fail at something that means a lot to them.
Fans of one sports team revel in the failures of rival sports teams. (I'm guilty of that, as my New England Patriots fan of a brother-in-law can attest.) Commenters on virtually any online news story post hateful things about the subject of the article. I've heard some rotten comments from parents and coaches at youth sporting events, and it only takes a minute or two in a local chatter group on Facebook to see how heartlessly nasty we can be to each other.
But about the time that my faith in humanity starts to wane, someone like my daughter's assistant coach does something to restore it and demonstrates the power of praise.
Hopefully by now you've heard of the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair that They're Our Kids is co-hosting with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks this Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center in Danville.
Ever since last year's Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that we hosted together at Danville Community High School was such a big success, we've been talking about hosting a bigger youth fair that encompasses all sorts of organizations, resources and opportunities for Hendricks County youth.
Meghan Stritar of Macaroni Kid - Hendricks was able to secure us the Exposition Hall at the Fairgrounds, and we've spent months since that time planning this event.
With the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair coming up this weekend, I want to let everyone know what we have on tap.
The upcoming year, 2016, is a special one for They're Our Kids -- it's our 10th anniversary!
We began as the 2006 Leadership Hendricks County group project for Jan Currier, myself (Eric Ivie), Gus Pearcy and Richard Sutton, and the first, very rudimentary, version of TOK went online in November of that year.
TOK has been revised, updated, and expanded countless times since Version 1.0 hit the Internet in 2006, and as we close the door on 2015, we celebrate 137,987 page views and 38,654 unique visitors to the website over the past year! Woo hoo!
This blog, The Village, is the primary source of those page views and unique visitors, and in an effort to determine what information Villagers are most interested in, I investigated which blog posts in 2015 drew the most interest.
Here's how it shook out:
Remember the inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that we co-hosted with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks back in January?
Youth sports programs paid an entry fee to be a part of that fair, and after all the dust settled on the expenses, They're Our Kids wound up with a little bit of coin in our pockets. The question then arose, "What do I do with this money?"
I contemplated retiring off of the earnings and buying my own private island somewhere in the Caribbean where I would spend the remainder of my days living the life of luxury. But then I found out how much private islands cost, and I scratched that idea off my list.
It finally struck me, though: I made this money from youth sports programs. The logical thing to do with this money is to give it back to youth sports programs!
So They're Our Kids entered the world of sponsorships.
It felt so darn good to give money to a couple of youth sports programs that participated in the inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that I'm going to continue doing it. Here's how it's going to work:
We conclude our week-long series on Hendricks County spring youth sports programs with open registration by taking a look at the youth softball programs around the area.
(To learn about youth soccer programs, click here.)
(To learn about youth flag football programs, click here.)
(To learn about youth baseball programs, click here.)
(To learn about youth running programs, click here.)
Here are the youth softball programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration (listed in order of registration closure dates):
We continue exploring Hendricks County youth sports programs currently open for registration.
(For youth soccer programs, click here.)
(For youth flag football programs, click here.)
(For youth baseball programs, click here.)
In today's installment, we take a look at Hendricks County youth running programs that are open for registration.
As we continue our series on spring youth sports programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration, we take a look at youth baseball programs in the area.
(In case soccer is your sport, click here for our list of youth soccer programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration. Click here for our list of youth flag football programs in Hendricks County that are open for registration.)
Without further ado, youth baseball programs, in order of registration closure dates:
As we trudge through winter toward spring, it's time to think about registration for spring youth sports in Hendricks County.
This week, we're taking a look at youth sports programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration.
(For our list of youth soccer organizations, click here.)
Today's installment focuses on flag football. We have listed the organizations in order of the closing dates of their registrations.
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner, and several youth sports programs around Hendricks County currently have open registration.
Over the course of the next week or so, we'll take a look at a variety of youth sports that are open for sign-ups, giving Villagers the information they need to get OUR KIDS registered for the spring sport of their choice.
Let's start with soccer.
Brownsburg Villagers, are you wondering what options are available to OUR KIDS for activity, sport, recreation and fitness in the community?
Then you won't want to miss the Brownsburg Family Fitness Night this Friday, Feb. 6, at Brownsburg West Middle School from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free to attend.
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