RTC SPORTS

Spring Enrichment’s RTC SPORTS League

S.P.O.R.T.S. (Successfully Producing Outstanding Residents Through Sports) 

Spring Enrichment is caring for the overlooked and often forgotten children living in Residential Treatment Centers (RTC’s) in the Houston and Dallas area. Living in a residential setting without family is a tough challenge for children with little support and no finances. Most of the children are in the foster care or juvenile justice system because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment by those closest to them. Spring Enrichment steps in and becomes that family component that we all so desperately need. We work to provide for children’s nutritional, health, educational, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. One Saturday can literally change a life forever.
Member agencies of Spring Enrichment’s SPORT League provide clients with opportunities for teamwork, healthy competition, positive reinforcement and socialization.

Many clients of Spring Enrichment have never been exposed to positive interaction involving athletics. We offers children and youth the chance to try something new, and the freedom to succeed or fail without recourse or ridicule.

For many of the children and youth involved, our league offers their first chance to finish something they have started, and to feel good about their accomplishments.

Life-Skills

Program Description
Spring Enrichment’s S.P.O.R.T.S teaches troubled teens the value of hard work and commitment. This is accomplished by
a disciplined schedule and strict accountability for each student’s actions. S.P.O.R.T.S is a multi-phase program
where students are expected to earn respect by making positive choices and communicating openly with their peers
and staff. Students are given the opportunity to participate in team sports, group discussions, community service, and a physical regimen                                      that allows them to grow both physically as well as emotionally. We typically will have up to a year to serve
each individual participant and take that time to plant good seeds into their lives that may not show growth
immediately but in due time, the season will come when what we have planted will begin to manifest itself in the
actions and thoughts of the individual.
Communication between our staff and teens is essential in this program. S.P.O.R.T.S. promotes                              residential treatment by putting the facility back in charge of the home. S.P.O.R.T.S. offers seminars for both the RTC and the
child to help the entire residential community come together to repair any broken relationships. The community of
residential youth are a family; and are our family so quite naturally it is our goal to help our family to achieve their best.

Some of the life-skills we teach our youth are below.

What Are The Benefits of Sports?
Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Organized sports provide a good source of physical activity for children of all ages. Health organizations
cite a wide range of health, fitness, social and mental benefits of sports for children. Overall, these benefits tend to
outweigh the drawbacks of sports for children.
Health and Safety
Regular physical activity helps children maintain a healthy weight, lowers their cholesterol, reduces their blood
pressure and builds strong bones and muscles, according to the CDC. Weight-bearing exercise helps children build
bone density and can help prevent osteoporosis in later life, according to the National Institute of Health. Active
children are more likely to become active adults, according to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
An active childhood lifestyle can lead to a healthy adult lifestyle.
Life Habits
Organized sports teach children self-discipline, teamwork, goal-setting and leadership. All of these skills help children
form high-achieving habits. “80% of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former
‘tomboys’—having played sports,” says the Women’s Sports Foundation. Children who play sports must learn to use
their free time more efficiently to get homework assignments done on time. These time budgeting skills will help
children later in school, in college and in adult life. Children who play sports are more likely to get better grades and
graduate on time.
Socialization
Children on sports teams learn to develop close friendships and to rely on peers and teammates for support. Members
of youth sports teams often feel more accepted among their peers, according to the President’s Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports. In sports, players judge each other based on their skills, rather than by their appearance or
clothing.
Self Confidence and Insecurity
Children who play sports often feel more confident in themselves, according to the President’s Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports. Boys and girls who play sports learn to have a positive attitude and to project self-confidence to
others. Girls who play sports typically have a healthier body image than girls who don’t play sports, according to the
Women’s Sports Foundation.
Mental Health
The regular physical activity associated with organized sports can reduce the risk of depression and promote better
sleep, according to the CDC. Sports should be fun for children. We help our participants find a sport that they enjoy
and look forward to, rather than dread. If a child does not enjoy a particular sport, we don’t force him/her to play it;
instead we look for alternatives. Some children might prefer team sports to individual sports, while others might prefer
sports that require no hand-eye coordination. Some of our kids just love to help out and be trainers for the day.