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Kid Central Sports

Our sports program has been a hit with kids for over a decade and this year it will be even better.
Each school has a team that will play flag-football, basketball, kickball and soccer throughout the school year earning certificates and pizza parties. Our sports program has been featured in local newspapers and on our website. Our sports philosophy centers on fun, learning a sport, teamwork and school spirit.

Yowell wins 2013-14 Football Season/Basketball Season Begins

Yowell Elementary School’s Kid Central football team won the 2013-14 fall football title for the third straight year. Powered by a high-flying offense they made they rebounded from a 0-2 start to win its remaining games including an exciting championship match-up against Emerald Hill.

We begin the 2014 basketball season with strong teams at all our schools.

A number of snow closings have slowed the start, but this season looks to be very competitive.

We are excited about a great basketball season!

SPARK Program

 For the hundreds of children enrolled in Kid Central’s after-school program the first day of March ignited a spark, an exciting new fitness program, designed to combat the very real problem of childhood obesity.

Children in the Kid Central program are learning about their health through a program called SPARK. The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) partnered with several other local agencies to bring the program to students at the six elementary schools enrolled in the before- and after-school program.

SPARK stands for the lessons of the program: Select fruits and vegetables; Play actively 60 minutes a day; Avoid excess sugar and fat; Reduce TV time and media time and Keep H2O – the way to go!
Across the nation obesity rates continue to rise and regular exercise simultaneously continues to decline.

Locally, the obesity numbers are high compared to national averages.

“Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents, and can lead to diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease,” says David Goodfriend, MD, MPH, and Acting Director for the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District.

According to the Obesity Survey Research Report completed for the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, 22% of Virginia youth are overweight or obese. Local data from the Culpeper County School system estimates 31% are overweight or obese as of the latest body mass index (BMI) measurement in 2011. Culpeper County also ranks in the top 25% nationally for children ages 2-5 years, according to the Virginia Health Department.

Culpeper County’s largest before and after-school care provider Kid Central recently decided to become an active partner in the community and help address this growing problem facing children and families.
The SPARK After-School Program was researched and selected with $24, 900 in grant funds obtained by Amy Brubaker, a Public Health Nurse with the Virginia Health Department’s Culpeper office.
Brubaker teamed up with Kid Central’s childcare program to implement a plan for the program.

“The goal is to provide a fun, interactive way for children to have an hour of active play five days a week, to promote healthy eating habits, and to decrease kids’ “screen time” – watching TV, playing video games or spending extra time on the computer,” says Brubaker. She submitted the grant that is part of the Healthy Eating and Active Living Program.

According to planners, SPARK was established in 1989 and it offers a wide variety of games that promote motor skills, movement, social and personal skills.

The program which promotes national guidelines of 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day was first taught to Kid Central employees. These newly trained instructors then conduct the SPARK program after school.

“The SPARK program offers a nice mix of movement that lets the children focus on fun rather competiveness. Last week we received training on how to implement it into our after school program and we will start offering it at all the county’s elementary school with Kid Central,” said Kid Central team member Dave Richardson, a retired physical education who taught and coached in Culpeper and Fauquier Counties for the last 30 years. “I really like Five-Man Baseball and many of the other games we learned from the SPARK instructors. I think this will be a nice program.”

Kid Central’s staff hopes that the program will help create healthier lifestyles.

“The SPARK program promotes the journey, not the destination. It’s great because the children are getting fit without really knowing it---the games are so fun they forget they’re getting a good workout. The activities are fun and timed so it’s not based on who crosses a finish line first. It’s cool because it emphasizes social skills and team work,” said Rachel Douglas, Program Coordinator for Kid Central.

“The program is wonderful because it has so many great components ranging from socialization, health and sportsmanship. When I took the workshop it had me running around throwing rubber discs. I was having fun and exercising. ”

SPARK according to its website, strives to improve the health of children, adolescents, and adults by disseminating evidence-based Physical Education and afterschool programs to teachers and recreation leaders serving Pre-K through 12th grade students. Each program fosters environmental and behavioral change by providing a coordinated package of highly active curriculum, on-site teacher training, extensive follow-up support, and content-matched equipment.

SPARK has been honored as an Exemplary Program of the U.S. Department of Education; featured in the Surgeon General’s Report as a “School-based solution to our nation’s healthcare crisis;” earned a “Governor’s Commendation;” and in 2005, was awarded “Gold” (highest ranking) for their elementary and middle school PE programs in an independent study commissioned by the Cooper Institute.

Long term goals for the program include helping kids, parents, schools and afterschool programs become more physically active each day.

The program was also identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a national model for programs designed to increase physical activity and it was endorsed in a by the National Academy of Sciences.

For more information on the Healthy Eating and Active Living Program, visit For more information on SPARK, visit Information on Culpeper’s after school program is available at

Kid Central Sports Seasons

September through November: Flag Football

December through February: Basketball

March through April: Kickball

May: Soccer

Congratulations to Kid Central's 2012 Flag Football Champions from Yowell Elementary School.

The Yowell team is coached by Addison Deal. The team earned the championship with a double overtime victory over A.G. Richardson Elementary's team

FootballKid Central Sports Program Guidelines:

Welcome to Kid Central’s Sports Program! We offer our after school kids the opportunity to participate in organized sports teams. Our program has been in existence for decades and we focus on fun, sportsmanship, health and education.

Team Leaders at each school will assign one daycare staff member to coach and work with you school’s team. They will set practices and provide guidance and tactics for your team.

When seasons are completed champions will have the best record after all games are played. If there is a tie, a championship game will be scheduled. A pizza party and certificate for your school will be
awarded to champions, along with a league most valuable player award. Another certificate will be given for best team sportsmanship and home atmosphere.

Third through fifth grade are eligible to play. Girls and boys are permitted to play.

Each school may also have a cheer squad if staffing permits or there is an interest.

On games where travel is necessary please have your team ready to roll out after homework and snacks are given...

Games will run 4:30pm -5:30pm (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Team leaders have interested children take home a travel permission slip for parents to sign and return to school. Children without travel permission slip cannot travel.

Team leader need to have an emergency info/contact sheet for each player that will be placed in a folder and given to driver of van to keep on hand at games.

This folder will be returned with traveling staff member.

This has been a fun and successful program---let’s keep it civil and fun!

If you have any questions please contact:

Marshall Conner

Kid Central Sports Commissioner
or email me at

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