Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 16, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Skateboarders aren't frowned upon at Calvary Christian Academy. In fact, students are now getting class credit to get on board the new two-week skateboarding program. Calvary Christian Academy is one of many schools across the country that has adopted a skateboarding curriculum in their physical education classes.
Skateboarding is now being taught in schools in more than a dozen U.S. states, plus Germany and Canada. By focusing on lifetime activities that are non-competitive in nature and individualized, students can have fun, while learning at their own pace.
According to statistics only about 10% of students in the US play traditional team sports. With this in mind, schools have shifted towards non-traditional sports to spark an interest in lifetime fitness. Schools are being to move towards activities such as skateboarding and rock climbing.
Skateboarding Lessons start with the basics: First safety, then skateboarding etiquette, then how to stand on the board and ride. Eventually, the students move on to tricks.
But more than learning a fun way to get fit, kids are learning balance on the board and in life. They are learning life lessons like how to get up when they fall and keep trying.
"Most of my class doesn't want PE to end," says 7th grader Zion Frallicciardi.
Calvary Christian Academy has shared a property with Ramp 48 Skatepark for over 10 years. This is the first year that CCA students have seen skateboarding as part of their curriculum. The skatepark also caters to their special needs classes and have done programs with Autistic students.
Ramp 48 has been in operation in South Florida for over 12 years.