Through the Council Bluffs Charles Lakin YMCA, Iowa School for the Deaf youth in grades 5-8 participate in teams for volleyball, basketball and for the first time this fall, flag football. Iowa School for the Deaf offers the teams- not just for students enrolled on campus, but area youth who are deaf or hard of hearing may also practice and compete as a member of the Bobcat team.
“The students are learning large motor skills, teamwork and specified sport skills,” said Kevin Boyce, residential manager at ISD. “Students not only learn the mechanics of the sport, but also the rules of the game and what it means to be a good teammate and opponent.”
The first and only flag football home game was canceled due to unseasonably frigid temperatures. The tough Bobcats hit the field that afternoon anyway, practicing drills and plays to wrap up the season and reflecting with one another how far the team had come. Youth volleyball is typically the fall sport- but ISD students wanted to try something else this year.
November 7 was the first YMCA youth basketball game of the season for ISD. Boyce notes technically, all the YMCA teams are for both boys and girls, but only boys were interested in ISD’s basketball team this year. Other games for the season are scheduled for Mondays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and, Dec. 19. All games are at the LMC gym and begin at 6 p.m.
Know an area child who might like to join our team? Contact Kevin Boyce at this link.