Skillastics® is the brainchild of Sandy “Spin” Slade. For over two decades Sandy was considered to be one of the best basketball handlers in the world, performing for thousands at NBA and College half-times, School Assemblies and special events around the world.
Realizing that being a professional sports entertainer has it’s physical limitations; Sandy started thinking about other issues she was passionate about. One thing that weighted heavily on her mind was the disturbing decline in fitness levels in children (even those active in sports), increased childhood obesity, and the reduction of physical education programs nationwide. She noticed that instructors limited in class time, were constantly looking for ideas and resources to make the most of each and every class. Additionally, many children, accustomed to inactivity lacked motivation and interest in physical fitness all together. With these thoughts as her motivation, she created Skillastics®®. Since its introduction in 2003, over 20,000 schools, afterschool programs, camps, and community-based organizations are enjoying Skillastics® and the benefits it provides.
We believe children who learn physical fitness and sport skills easier and are more successful at them, have greater opportunities for social interaction and personal meaning through sport and physical activity, thus allowing for the increased chance of children developing and maintaining acceptable levels of fitness and fundamental sport skills.
School and organizations that have introduced Skillastics® into their curriculum or program have found students look forward to participating 93% of the time. In addition, children’s overall average heart rate while participating in Skillastics® was 142 bpm. This average hear rate provides cardiovascular benefits and allows children to be active for longer periods of time during moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA).
We thank you for taking the time to learn why Skillastics® is a valuable resource in allowing ALL children, no matter what their age or physical ability to have a positive experience being physically active. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (888) 842-7746 if we can be of further assistance.
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Skillastics® gets all the students so pumped to get active. They come in and see it laid out on the floor as the warm up activity and they get so excited! Before they know it they are moving and getting sweaty! They enjoy it so much that I got Sandy Spin Slade, Inc. permission to inlarge the activities and made them into poster size images and use them for our warm up when we do not have the Skillastics® game that we borrowed from another school. It is so much fun to see every student active no matter what their ability is. I love it! Thank you!