Mindfulness Training Sessions slated for community

These events for the community, and perhaps for guardians of students in Summer Dreamers’ Mindful Eating activity are hosted by Mindful Pittsburgh and conducted as City of Learning Digital Badge Training Sessions.

Saturdays in Homewood

* Homewood Carnegie Library
7101 Hamilton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 731-3080

* From 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2015
* From 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2015
* From 10 am to noon on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunday in Squirrel Hill

* Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library
**5801 Forbes Ave
** Pittsburgh, PA 15217
** (412) 422-9650

* From 1 to 2:30 on Sunday, June 21, 2015

East Liberty

* East Liberty Branch of the Carnegie Library
130 S. Whitfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
** (412) 363-8232

* From 10 to 11 am on July 18, 2015

Digital Badge for Mindfulness
Mindfulness Badge, 5 minutes

Kay Atman gives a lesson on goal-setting steps, part of Digital Badges / Goals / Masters Level

Kay Atman, Ph.D., retired professor from the School of Education at University of Pittsburgh, talks with Swim & Water Polo staff member about the 12 steps to goal setting.

“My viewpoint is that human beings are goal-seeking, teleological organisms. That is, human beings do things for a reason or goal and strive to make meanings of their lives. The process of learning in a particular domain or content area is complex. Individuals develop a knowledge base through conditioning by the environment; they also actively construct a knowledge base through their seeking information and thinking about the subject based on their maturation and prior knowledge. When knowledge (which may be either cognitively- or affectively-based) is purposely put into practice through an exercise of volition, conation, and will, it leads to behavioral competence and, through reflection, to wisdom.“[1] Huitt, W. (2001).

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What are you doing in August 2015? Let’s launch an All-City Sports Camp.

What happens after Summer Dreamers ends?

It is great that the policies have changed in City Hall with Mayor Peduto so as to give all the kids in the city gratis pool tags so that they can go to the Citiparks swim pools this summer. Free swimming for those ages 15 and younger happens in 2015. The pools are about to open and the kids can benefit. Go to a Citiparks Recreation Center and sign up now. The pools open in mid June.

Labor Day is Monday, September 7, 2015. Most of the summer camp activities, including Summer Dreamers, ends at the end of July or in early August. The last day of PPS Summer Dreamers is Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

We should get everyone interested in a summer-ending experience an All-City Sports Camp this year. We can test the waters and gain some experiences so next year’s efforts can be at various sites and larger.

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Routines, Digital Badge from CLOH.org for Exercises

Exercise should be part of everyone’s routine.

Earning the Routines Digital Badge from CLOH.org can boost your exercise capacity, knowledge and lead to better results when leading your teammates in pre-game and pre-season practices.

An important stop along the way is an in-depth examination of the app, P.T. Helper. The beauty of P.T. Helper is the depth of exercises associated with the various body parts.

Check out P.T. Helper. Download it. Study it. Refer to it. The app is presently free for users of iPhones and iPad. It costs $.99 for Android devices.

Summer Dreamers’ Swim & Water Polo Camp has squads

In the City, many of the leading athletes do many different sports and play various roles in the community.

Rohan, back left in the photo, played on the Obama Academy boys varsity volleyball team and competed in a final four match for Class AA PIAA semi-finals at Slippery Rock High School on June 2.

The boys varsity squad with Coach Pete Vitti won its WPIAL Section in the spring of 2015. That Section Win in the WPIAL was only the second time in city sports history that a “city league team” won a WPIAL section title. The boys varsity swim team at Obama Academy won the WPIAL section three years ago, also its FIRST YEAR in the WPIAL. So, first the swimmers and then the volleyball team enter the WPIAL and vault to first place in the maiden seasons.

With more year-round opportunities, more conditioning, challenges and overall support for the mass of the diverse kids and a diverse suite of programs to match — things look brighter.

A couple of the guys playing volleyball worked with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo Camp. That’s synergy. Get the talent developed and supported. Then have those youngsters lead the wee ones in more fun in the weeks, months and summers to come.

A win today and the team plays for the state championships. Regardless of the outcome today, the city athletes who show up, are devoted to fitness and high-performance programs, and are responsible role-models are winners in everyone’s book. These teens are an inspiration for other, younger super-stars to come.

Varsity Swim Teams at Obama Academy

Getting up and into the pool at 6 am on most school days throughout the winter is a great way to get fit and start your day.

The early bird gets the worm and the swimmers on our team have always been tops in their classes. Swimmers shine with academics.

Many of the swimmers on the team get jobs as lifeguards and help as assistant coaches with the Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of Summer Dreamers.

Invite: Water Polo in Citiparks Pools

Join the fun and play water polo in the evenings. Rookies expected.

Sue Murray Swim Pool, Lower Northside, 6 to 7:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Begins on Monday, June 15.

Sadly, the start date for Ammon Swim Pool, Bedford Avenue and Memory Lane, Hill District, is pending. That pool is not going to open in time as they are putting in new filters and pumps. Later, we hope to be playing water polo there at 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Perhaps another site will be provided.

pool_tags_cost_chart.bmpPool tags cost $60 for a family. Adults are $30. Kids ages 15 and younger are free.