Don't Miss Out On Kids' Sports Scholarships

BY: FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ

The Republic of Mexico Government Agencies, Los Cabos City Council (H. VIII Ayuntamiento) along with INDEM Los Cabos (The Institute for Sports in Mexico), have been working together year-round to provide positive events that keep Southern Baja California children and youth in activities that both stimulate and reinforce their young minds and bodies.

In March of this year, INDEM released a public announcement urging all 33 athletic teenagers who qualified for sports scholarships to submit their proper paperwork that included birth certificates, school ID's and what sport they would be representing Los Cabos at the State and National championships. The sports of which the 33 listed athletes would be participating at the state and national levels, consisted of baseball, karate, Tae Kwon Do, freestyle Olympic wrestling, track & field, weightlifting, chess, soccer and boxing.

In chess, Cabo San Lucas was well represented at the state finals by third-place city championships finisher Alejandra Aide Rodriguez Peraza, and Alejandra Aide Peraza Contreras, who finished second; losing to Cabo's chess winning, mild-mannered, glasses-wearing, middle school student Arturo Aguilar Cruz.

For the summer, the two agencies are holding their annual programs which start at 8 a.m. and end at noon in four different cities. In Cabo San Lucas, the summer sports program will be held at the Delegacion Sports Complex, formally known as Unidad Deportivo Leonardo Gastelum V.

This local summer sports program is for children ages 5 through 12 years old. This sports camp begins on July 15 and ends on July 26. Every young participant will have fun learning and focusing on the following sports; baseball, boxing, basketball, volleyball and soccer of course. Mexico's most beloved sport and national past-time.

For more information about this local location and or to register your child or young relative, please call 624-143-3938.

In the neighboring southern city of Miraflores, the program is open to children as young as four and as old as 15. The recreation and fun-filled hours start an hour later at 9 a.m. and go until noon. The recreational activities will take place at Casa de La Cultura. The contact number for Miraflores is 624-113-9803.

In Santiago, the age groups invited to participate in these summer sports programs are between six and 12-years-old. The athletic-minded activities will take place at the small suburban city's sports field known as Cancha Usos Multiples de Santiago. The local phone number there for more information and registration is 624-122-6244.

"I grew up on summer programs in Gervais, Oregon,'' said Juan Pablo Garcia, born in Colima City, Jalisco, who plans on entering his 8-year-old son in this summer's Cabo San Lucas sports camp because he played basketball in high school and recognizes the value of sports and being on a team as a young child.

"I want my son to have fun learning how to play a sport he has seen his dad play, and that's basketball. But he kicks the soccer ball around the neighborhood with his friends so this will be an important summer for his development. Plus, I know he's gonna have fun being around other kids his age."

The U.S. summer programs generally take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and include a free lunch. Since the Los Cabos summer programs are only half-day, all children will be home in time to have lunch with their parent or caretaker.

The July 8 - July 26 summer program in La Ribera is for youth, ages six to 12 years old, and runs from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Their contact number is 624-155-0446. All of the four summer camps have a limited amount of children they can accept, so it's best to get the kids registered early.

Surprisingly, many of the English speaking adults in Los Cabos, who have families and children in these age groups, and are employed in the timeshare, real estate and hotel hospitality industry of this area, work in the spotlight of sorts, yet live happily in the shadows of this vacation paradise town, raising their children speaking Spanish at school and English at home. And sports are a unifying, character-building activity they look forward to getting their children involved in.