WITS Featured Fitness Partner
Lonnie Levine, Fastbreak Sports:
Fastbreak Sports is one of Wellness in the Schools' oldest partners; the WITS Coach for Kids program actually began as a collaboration between WITS and Fastbreak Sports back in 2006. WITS Founder and Executive Director Nancy Easton got to know Fastbreak when her son Will participated in their flag football program. Nancy was so impressed with the Fastbreak coaches that she marched right up to Fastbreak's founder, Lonny Levine, and asked if they could partner up to create a similar coaching program that would work with low-income public school kids. "I saw the impact of Lonny's program on my own child and wanted to expand the reach of his coaches to kids who might not otherwise have the chance to attend traditional Fastbreak clinics," explained Nancy. Through that initial collaboration, the WITS Coach for Kids program was born. Today Fastbreak continues to be a part of the WITS family, serving as a Fitness Partner to WITS School PS 87. Fastbreak and WITS coaches come together to bring the kids at PS 87 exciting and invigorating WITS Play Days throughout the year. The Fastbreak coaches offer basketball and flag football skill workshops, sharing their expertise and exposing the students to new fitness skills that they can use in any activity. Jeffrey Roberts, Head Coach at Fastbreak Sports, shared his enthusiasm for WITS Play Days: "The Play Days at PS87 are fun and exciting days for the children. It is great to meet new faces and pass on my knowledge to them. Seeing their excitement around learning something new was fun for us coaches." Fastbreak plans to expand their partnership with WITS this year by offering sports scholarship opportunities for low-income students.
Founded in response to a lack of quality sports instruction for kids at a basic, "fundamentals" level, Fastbreak Sports is a youth sports program that teaches proper sports techniques, specializing in basketball and flag football. Lonny noticed that children playing sports in unstructured environments lacked the proper instruction to fully develop their skills. Starting with a group of 30 kids, today Fastbreak reaches over 2,000 young athletes. This year Fastbreak built and opened its first full-time dedicated indoor location on Manhattan's Upper East Side, which offers various sports programming including skills-based sports classes, team leagues, and private lessons for children and adolescents. The WITS Team would like to congratulate our friends at Fastbreak on their new facility and wish them the best of luck in 2014.