School’s out -for a little while at least- and fun’s in for kids who live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments. NYCHA youth between the ages of 6 and 14 are gearing up to spend a few days of their mid-winter recess at the JP Morgan Chase Sports & Arts in Schools Festival.
The annual event, which will be held on February 20th through the 22nd, annually introduces 17,000 New York City youngsters--half of which are NYCHA residents--to at least 30 different sports and arts activities, free of charge, at various locations throughout the city.
The activities include a diverse mix of athletics, (tennis, judo, fencing and soccer), along with an eclectic mix of performing arts (Alvin Ailey and Mark Morris dance, jazz and African drumming) The Festival also gives participants a taste of the city's culture with an interactive guided tour of Lincoln Center, a look back in time at dinosaurs and ocean life at the American Museum of Natural History and a visit with tigers, reptiles and creatures of the night at the Bronx Zoo.
Each day begins with a morning session from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and ends with an afternoon session from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Free lunch will be provided for all NYCHA participants by the New York City Department of Education.
Tickets are required to participate in all Sports & Arts Festival activities. Blocks of tickets for various activities have already been distributed to NYCHA Community Centers. Interested NYCHA residents should first contact your community center to obtain tickets. You can also call 718-786-7110 ext.8159 to get tickets.
By Tischelle George
Februay 16, 2007