Sports as a hook

Participating in sports decreases the likelihood that youth will engage in risky & violent behavior. In fact, youth who have a relationship with a mentor, like a coach, are 46% less likely to start using drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking alcohol.
Riley, R., Peterson, T., Kanter, A. Moreno, G., & Goode, W. (2000). Afterschool programs: Keeping kids safe and smart. U.S. Department of Education.

ASAS recognizes that our students are able to achieve their personal best in school when they are equipped with the tools to lead healthy, active lifestyles. With the help of FOX Sports Networks, ASAS launched Sports as a Hook— a unique sports-based youth development program which connects sports activities to lessons on leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, nutrition, community service, gender equality and exposure to nature. ASAS also introduces students to professional athletes, caring coaches, and successful role models in the sports industry who teach students about goal-setting, public speaking, interview skills, career exploration, and financial management.

Since fitness is only one part of the healthy living equation, nutrition is also incorporated into Sports As a Hook. We cover topics such as caloric intake, distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy foods, and how to buy and cook healthy foods. We also expose students to nature and the outdoors; taking our kids to hike and camp in areas where they may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit, like national parks and beaches.

Research indicates that involvement in sports can empower girls to take on leadership roles in the public sphere. Therefore, another component of the program is a focus on engaging more young women in athletics.

Through Sports as a Hook, students also design creative ways to incorporate community service into their physical activities. Students connect sports to service learning by leading their own athletic fundraising events and refurbishing local fields and parks. ASAS works closely with the renowned Positive Coaching Alliance to train our coaches on “double goal coaching” –understanding best practices for teaching sports while reinforcing a student’s self-confidence and positive character traits.

“Some kids at my school don’t have P.E. every day because it has been cut. Cutting P.E. is not good because they are not providing us with the tools or skills in order to stay fit.” – Naomi B., 8th Grade

ASAS Ohio hosted its annual Live Fit Challenge on Friday, July 27th at The Ohio State University French Field House. More than 1,000 local children, ages 5-14, participated in the one-day health and fitness event.

During the event, ASAS Ohio challenged participants to learn about healthy eating habits, and to experience the sports and enrichment stations offered throughout the day. Eighteen different stations were offered including tennis, fencing, zumba, street hockey and gymnastics.

Dennis Walters, an honorary lifetime member of the PGA of America and national ambassador for First Tee Golf, served as the guest speaker this year. Dennis, who is paralyzed from the waist down, talked to participants about resilience, fulfilling your dreams and remaining active despite your circumstances.

After-School All-Stars Ohio partnered with several organizations and businesses for the Live Fit Challenge including: Walmart, 200 Columbus, the Columbus Crew, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Arnold Sports Expo, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Fox Sports Ohio, the Institute for Active Living, Jersey Mikes, No Child Left Inside, The Ohio State University and was endorsed by the Let’s Move initiative.

Program Partners 
Coach Across America
Positive Coaching Alliance
Special Olympics
America’s Promise Alliance
Program Funder