Sports Port makes Ann Arbor YMCA mobile for games, snacks at local parks

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Sports Port, an Ann Arbor YMCA program, brings the fun to local children with snacks and sports.

Sports Port has served 2,604 kids in its four years of the program’s existence. The program makes the Y mobile, giving it access to kids in places that might not have access to the Y.

The program provides equipment and games Monday through Friday at Ann Arbor area apartment complexes, libraries and parks, where Ann Arbor YMCA staff lead sports with kids, like basketball, flag football, soccer, lacrosse, floor hockey and disc golf for an hour. They then spend 30 minutes providing children with healthy snacks.

“Before COVID we would make snacks, but since COVID we went to pre-packaged snacks so we keep hands from touching stuff,” said Jermaine Wells, Sports Port director. “We spread awareness to kids to eat your fruits and vegetables,”

Wells who is from inner-city Detroit said the program is personal to him because he did not have access to this kind of programming as a kid.

“Especially at the Y,” Wells said. “I thought it was one of those places if you didn’t have money you couldn’t go.”

Wells said he hopes he and his team can change that perception and open up kids and their families to Y activities.

Sports Port is looking for volunteers and workers to assist the Ann Arbor YMCA with activities For more information contact [email protected]

For more information about Sport Port and to see the Washtenaw County schedule click here.

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