Now the mother of two, Tauna DeSpain says she has a better perspective about the advantage of the Kids Play program at Payson Athletic Club.
"I taught the classes before, when we lived in Tucson, but I didn't really understand what they could mean until I had children," DeSpain said.
The primary values of the classes, she said, is they help build basic motor skills in the youngsters, teach sportsmanship and teach children that fitness can be fun.
The Kids Play program is made up of two segments "Hot Shots" for 5-10-year-olds and "Little Tykes" for the 3-4-year-olds.
The Hot Shots program is currently held at PAC beginning at 10:45 a.m. Thursdays. After school begins Aug. 16, the program will shift to 4 p.m.
The primary focus of Hot Shots, DeSpain said, is to develop youngster's motor skills to help them succeed in sports like T-ball, soccer and others. The curriculum also focus on sportsmanship and team play.
The Little Tykes class, held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, involves a great deal of parent-child interaction, DeSpain said.
Each youngster enrolled is to have a mom, dad or guardian present during the program. The sessions begin with warm up and stretching and expand into a cardiovascular workout. Then there's a muscle building and a cool down.
All the activities are designed for 3 to 4 year olds and are fun, DeSpain said.
Registration fee for the classes is $30 per month. Call DeSpain at 472-6992 or 474-0916 for more information.