I know ya’ll don’t want to admit that summer is coming to an end, but it’s the truth. No need to worry though there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather for the next month or so and it really doesn’t get too cold out until November, so still plenty of time to be active outdoors. Outside and being active, and having fun while you’re doing it – that’s what I try to get kids and families to understand through my Truth on Health Campaign and some of my friends who support the Truth Fund, like Sports Illustrated and SI Kids.
Outdoor activities in the summer are pretty much endless, so no excuses that you get bored cooped up in the gym –not gonna fly with me! Running, jumping, baseball, football, basketball are all great summer activities. (I’m lucky enough to have an outdoor court at my house, so I play a lot of outdoor ball.) I’m no McEnroe, but I know tennis is another good one, and golf, too – something I’m continuing to work on – but more on that later. When it’s summertime, it’s all about being outside and using what’s around you to have fun. Even just a walk at night with your kids to the mailbox is better than nothing. The summer is great because there’s more daylight – and as we all know, we will sure miss that once we hit winter in New England.
Another one of my favorite summer activities besides hoops is swimming and running around on the beach with my family. Playing with my kids on the beach is a lot like basketball – I know I’ll never get tired of it. We play Frisbee, run in the waves, toss a ball around, anything to just enjoy the time by the ocean. I love being active with my kids because I know that I’m setting a good example for them. That’s what I try to do through my Truth on Health Campaign, too. I think one of the worst things for kids is getting into bad habits. It’s real important for parents out there to be active and set the example for their kids so they develop healthy habits at a young age. That way, they’ll hopefully stick to ‘em for their whole lives.
Now that you’ve heard me preaching about the importance of eating healthy and staying active, I want to share a really cool opportunity with y’all. This summer I’ve been helping SI Kids find a young athlete who is already ahead of the game for their SportsKid of the Year. SportsKid is basically the youth version of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. The winner appears on the December cover of SI Kids (hey, I’ve only been on the cover of SI Kids once and that was with KG and Ray!). The kids that win also get honored at the SI Sportsman Ceremony in New York City.
We’re taking nominations right now, just click here. The editors at SI Kids will pick finalists and open it up for voting on SIKIDS.com this fall. Now I know what you’re thinking: the winner is going to be some ridiculous, 10-time world champion. Does the SportsKid have to be a good athlete? Well, yes. But getting good grades, helping out in the community and just being an all-around good person will count just as much as the on-the-field stuff. If you have someone in mind—your son or daughter, maybe one of their friends, or a kid you’ve had a chance to coach—go nominate ’em. Or, if you’re 7-15 years old and want to nominate yourself, that’s cool, too! Past winners have been hockey players, tennis players, BMX riders, football players, you name it – it’s game.
I’ve been havin’ some fun with the SportsKid search - check out this video we shot. I made that winner’s jacket look good! Nominations close August 26, so don’t miss your chance by visiting the SportsKid of the Year site. Now go break a sweat!
Paul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org
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About the authorPaul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »
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