HARAKATI (means “Movement” in Swahili)
Sports and physical exercise are a good way to learn discipline, structure, respect, social interactions, build self-esteem, and aid in academic success.
At W.A.Y.S., we believe in programs for our youth that challenge them physically as well as mentally. It has been proven in multiple studies that exercise is a great way to improve mental health. Exercise can be an organic treatment for mild to moderate depression and can be as effective as medication. The benefit to this form of treatment is that there are no side effects. Physical exercise releases endorphins, which are powerful chemicals in the brain that energize spirits and make one feel positive. Exercise is also a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy. Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. Regular activity is an investment in mind, body, and soul. When it becomes a habit, it can foster a sense of self-worth and make one feel strong and powerful.
Our participants, both girls and boys, will all take part in our Harakati sessions. These sessions will involve clinics that focus on physical exercises, fun obstacle courses, basketball, soccer, volleyball, martial arts, boxing, and football skills. Whether or not a child is interested in becoming the next LeBron James, Peyton Manning, or Lionel Messi, Harakati sessions will not only benefit the participants, but they will have fun in the process.
We are excited about our partnership with Canal Squad Indy. Canal Squad Indy has a fun way to work out with the kids. They play music, they put them in teams, they make it a big workout party which in turn makes the whole experience of working out fun. We get a lot less complaints when Canal Squad Indy is there with the kids.