Crown Boxing Club adjusts to support kids during the pandemic

For over fifty years, Crown Boxing Club has been helping underprivileged youth stay off the streets. Through Ali Easley’s “H.A.W.K.” program, the gym teaches young boxers the art of the one-two combo, gives them access to tutors and even a dinner program. But for the first time in its history, the gym is now closed. With COVID-19 continuing to spread across Lansing, Easley now has to explore new ways to teach the art of boxing.

Gymnastics is leaping in popularity in Northern Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A local gymnastics gym, Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics, has been leaping with success. The gym separated from the YMCA three years ago and has been home to over 2,300 gymnasts in the past year. Jennifer Van Deinse, who has been the head coach for 10 years, says, “I believe that the success of Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics can be attributed to our love for the sport and our desire to help each individual who attends our program reach their highest potential. We strive for excellence every day and teach our athletes to do the same.”

Owner Betsy Van Deinse says, “I love to watch our gymnasts grow and work hard to achieve their dreams. Gymnastics takes a great deal of mental and physical fortitude, so to witness how these young athletes train and fight to reach their goals is incredibly gratifying and awe-inspiring.”

Laurence Chalip, professor and head of recreation at University of Illinois, says, “In terms of the benefits the gym gained while being on it’s own, it really depends on the value of it’s autonomy.

Decades old MSU rec facilities overlooked by administration

Some of Michigan State’s recreational sports facilities we built in the early 1900’s, and are still in use today. While millions of dollars are being spent on additions to campus, Rec Sports Director Rick McNeil, says the MSU administration has not made these work out facilities a priority in upgrades. McNeil has recently sent in proposals of what existing space could be renovated. One of these proposals involves an emptied pool in IM Circle that has been closed down since the 80’s. Instead, McNeil thinks they should build a new, three-story work out facility in its place.

What are Meridian schools doing to keep student obesity at bay?

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Writer

It can be quite alarming to hear the statistics with obesity in the United States, but Michigan is one state to be especially worried about. From the year 1990 to 2014, the obesity rate in Michigan jumped from 13 percent of overweight people to an alarming 32.6 percent. What is most concerning about this last number is that the age group of 10 to 17 years old occupies almost half of this number. This number is 14.8 percent, which happens to almost the same number of obese people of all ages in Hawaii. This is something to notice and not ignore.

Okemos High School opens Strength and Conditioning Center

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS – On Feb. 17, Okemos High School opened their new Strength and Conditioning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new high-tech fitness space. With this being twice the size of the old weight room, it will give every sport team the opportunity to use and develop their weaknesses they might think they need improvement on. “This was a really great move for Okemos High,” said Michigan State Associated Professor Of Kinesiology Karin Pfeiffer. “This gives kids and young people the opportunity to work out somewhere after school for free.