Building confidence with dodgeball


However, for 1st grader Cuylar, this was an intimidating and scary setting at first. On the first night of the league session, Cuylar didn’t venture far from his parents. We could tell by his actions that it was a lot to take in for this youngster. The amount of participants that were in attendance, their parents, the balls flying from one side of the gym to the other, would be a lot for many to absorb. Throughout the evening Cuylar found his courage and slowly took one small step at a time away from his parents and into line to play. By the time his turn came up, it was the last game of the evening but he was in and having a great time.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Cuylar didn’t stay behind with his parents, he stepped forward on his own and soon became the first one on the floor and the last one to leave. He was completely in his element and having a ball! Literally! As his courage and bravery grew, so did his smile and love for his new found dodgeball friends. In visiting with his parents, they shared that it sometimes takes him a little bit to expand his circle and participate. They appreciated the environment the YMCA created to help encourage their son to get active and be a part of the group.

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