April 8, 2005
April 8, 2005
Honoring the Game is the theme for The Youth Sports Festival and Seminars at Stanford University - a one-day community outreach event that will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 8:30-4:30 pm.
The event features sports clinics hosted by Stanford University student-athletes and coaches for children ages 8-14, two seminars on the impact of sports participation, a panel discussion with former Stanford student-athletes and numerous interactive exhibits in a festival atmosphere. All events are free and open to the public. The first 1,000 children to register will receive a free Youth Festival t-shirt.
All events will take place in Athletic Department facilities. Sports clinics will be held at Sunken Diamond, Maples Pavilion, Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Boyd and Jill Smith Softball Field, Maloney Soccer Field and the Avery Aquatics Center. Interactive exhibits will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field while the two seminars will take place in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center.
Sports clinics will be hosted by Stanford University student-athletes and coaches. There will be four scheduled clinics in baseball, softball, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls soccer. Two tennis "Play Days" will take place during the day as well as an all-comers swim meet at Stanford's world-class facility
Two seminars will take a closer look at the role sports plays in society. The first seminar, Sports and Goodness in Life, asks "Does participation in competitive sports encourage the living of an ethical life?
The second seminar, Sports and Success in Life, will discuss the question, "Does involvement in sports automatically lead to success in life? And does one have to be successful in sports or is it enough to have participated? These two seminars will include Stanford University scholars and former Stanford University student-athletes.
A festival of interactive sports exhibits could include such sports as lacrosse, fencing, crew, field hockey, gymnastics, ultimate Frisbee and rugby, to name a few. Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to participate and try their hands at these various sports.
One of the day's highlights will be a panel discussion with former Stanford University student-athletes. These former Cardinal stars will discuss how sports have impacted their lives and the life lessons they have learned through participation in competitive sports.
For further information on The Youth Sports Festival at Stanford University, go to www.gostanford.com or call (650) 724-3910.