Kids Learn Sports FUN-damentals with Fathers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Kids were at Eby Fieldhouse at Coe College Saturday morning to play some football, basketball -- perhaps grapple on the mats, wrestling. And as a way to create stronger family bonds, their dads were invited too.

"Believe me, just getting them out of the house with lots of energy on a Saturday - always a good thing," said Rama Muzo, one of those dads.

And that was the idea at Coe College Saturday morning.

"We were just trying to engage fathers to come out and do something with their kids and have an activity where they can participate," said Rowland Gibson, a counselor with Foundation 2.

The Eastern Iowa Alliance for Fatherhood and Children hosted the mini sports clinic, called the FUN-damentals with fathers. The emphasis on "FUN" -- and time spent between children and their dads

"We know it's important for kids to have father involvement. They do better in school, they do better in life in general, their personal relationships. And a lot of families don't have a father figure involved," said Steve Nylin, a Dad's Program specialist.

Organizers believe these activities can help build a bond when many say - it's more important than ever...

"We always need positive role models and for kids to see that they can do something that's positive, something that's fun and just to build self-esteem, build confidence and to better the relationship between father and their child," Gibson said.

But, the parents and organizers weren't the only ones who appreciated the day.

"We got to practice sports especially since my brother has a game and I have a game," said participant Raman Muzo.

Even though this was only the first clinic, organizers and parents are hopeful to see more of them.
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