Fit 2 Play wraps up with water-filled day

An inflatable water slide and bounce house decorated the outside of the Billy Adkins Community Center July 31.

“We started the day with lunch, but they’ve been on the water slides and jump house ever since,” recreation department assistant Karen Key said. “It’s been non-stop excitement.”

The activities were a celebration of the teens completing the Fit 2 Play Program, and Key said it was a fitting way to wrap up the program.

“It’s been an enjoyable day watching them take advantage of the water slide,” Key said. “It was a perfect day for it.”

Throughout the summer, 116 students enrolled in the program, which aimed to keep the teens active.

“I think the program’s been great,” volunteer Terrell Christopher said. “We’ve never had anything like this so for us to finally have something like this is a great thing.”

Along with the water-filled last day, the program hosted exercise, softball, basketball, fashion and first-aid clinics throughout the summer.

“I think the program’s turned out successful,” Key said. “It gave the kids in the community the opportunity to know the center is here. We offered different things to do. They learned a lot of different things.”

Program participant Johnathan McFarlane said he heard about the program from a friend and decided to join.

“I started to go every day,” he said. “It’s been really awesome. I had a lot of fun.”

At the beginning of the program, the center added Wii consoles, pool tables, foosball tables, pingpong tables and air hockey tables.

McFarlane said his favorite part of the program was playing pool, something he’d never done before.

“I’m the best at it,” he said. “We don’t play teams but if we did, everyone would want me on their team.”

The teens weren’t the only ones who benefited from the program. Many volunteers said they really enjoyed spending time interacting with the community’s teens.

“My favorite part was interacting with the kids and teaching them how to play basketball,” Christopher said.

While the program has ended, Key said the center is always looking for volunteers for different programs and hopes the community continues to enjoy what the center has to offer.

“We want the parents in the community to get involved more,” she said. “If someone thinks of something you think the kids will be interested in, volunteer and tell us. The more people who get involved, the more programs we can get in here.”

The center will return to the normal business hours of 12-8 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 12-5 p.m. on Friday.

For more information on upcoming events at the center, call 598-3111.