By Kallie Nichols
Last week, InSports partnered with Hopkins Public Schools to help kids get exposure to sports by putting on an InSports Day at each of the four Hopkins Elementary Schools. Nearly 100 kids participated in stations where they tried different sports and engaged in a team building activity. The days were filled with laughter, cheering, and excitement while the kids tried football, soccer, basketball, kickball, and track and field. For many of the students, this was their first time picking up a football or basketball.
A vast number of kids in this summer program are on free and reduced lunch programs, so with the help of our partners at MATTER, the day concluded with each student taking home a box full of healthy snacks.
It was an unforgettable experience for the kids, student athletes and volunteers who made this day a success.
Each day, the kids learned about coachability, sportsmanship, and work ethic. These are the core values InSports teaches the students throughout each camp. The kids were able to walk away from the day with new sports skills as well as exposure to the InSports values. InSports is proud to partner with community programs like Hopkins to reach kids in the community!
By Samantha Romero
The Eastview Community Foundation held their annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 31st. Over a hundred upcoming grads filled the auditorium waiting to be awarded with their scholarships and prepared to end one chapter and begin a new one. The InSports Foundation was excited to be represented among many other organizations and presented the a $1,000 scholarship to a student that demonstrated passion, worth-ethic, and composure.
This year's winner was Rishabh Gupta, from Apple Valley, MN. After the ceremony the InSports team had a chance to speak to Rishabh about his future plans and excitement to begin college. Rishabh grew up playing tennis with his dad and grandpa at a young age, he noted, "Tennis became an important part of my life not only because of the fun that accompanies the sport, but because of the values it's instilled in me." Tennis has taught him the importance of persistence, sticking with what you love through the ups and downs, and discipline.
Rishabh will be attending the University of California, Berkley in the Fall. He will be studying Political Science and hopes to work in Washington D.C in the future. The InSports Foundation is honored award InSports Foundation Athletic Scholarship to a hard-working and talented student. We wish Rishabh the best in his future endeavors.
By Samantha Romero
The InSports Foundation and St. Paul Saints teamed up for a second year in a row to provide 9 camp scholarships for local youth in the community. We are excited to introduce one of our scholarship recipients, Hunter!
Hunter has been playing baseball since he was 3 years old and was very excited to step foot on CHS Field for the first time. He enjoys playing football, baseball and wrestling but says his favorite sport is baseball. During his time at the camp, Hunter was in the championship finals for the pitching competition and received 1st place twice! Hunter says he loves playing baseball because it is fun and it teaches him teamwork.
Get to know more about Hunter below:
What sports do you play?
Football, baseball, and wrestling, my favorite sports is baseball. I also like going camping, fishing, and hunting!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a professional baseball player for the Twins. I want to be their pitcher, I have been practicing for 5 years!
What has camp been like?
Camp has been really fun, we get to play mini games with the saints players and I even won the pitching competition! My favorite player is Maxx Garrett, he is a catcher.
What has been your favorite part about camp?
Everything! I like playing mini games and learning new things from the players.
Do you have any sport heroes?
Byron Buxton from the Twins. I want to be like him when I grow up!
What have you learned from being at camp?
How to bunt, it's when you just tap the ball while batting.
Sunnie is a student at Indiana University studying Environmental Management and Accounting. He joined the team at InSports as an intern this summer! Learn more about Sunnie!
What does InSports mean to you?
InSports is an inspiration. They have made it possible for many young children to participate in sports. As an athlete I have the utmost respect for InSports.
What sports did you play growing up?
Lacrosse, Pond Hockey.
How do you stay active?
I lift and run 6 times a week.
Who is your all time hero in athletics?
What is your favorite professional sports team?
What is your favorite movie?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Classic Bhatt family thanksgiving feast. There's 8 meals in one!
Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
I scuba dive.
Which InSports event are you looking forward to this summer?
I thoroughly enjoyed the Color Run.