The Slocum Foundation is committed to building human capital through investments in youth – specifically, youth physical literacy, physical activity and education.
Motor planning is one of the most complex brain functions in children. Children require movement to build the cognitive and complex reasoning skills needed to succeed in school. Despite the evidence of the multifaceted benefits of physical literacy and physical activity, communities have systematically engineered movement out of daily life, at work, school and home. Addressing early childhood physical literacy and activity gaps has compounding effects throughout the lifespan:
- Increase elementary school math and reading scores
- Increase graduation rates
- Improvement management of mental health and behavioral health conditions
- Decrease antisocial behavior
- Decrease youth injury rates
- Decrease healthcare costs
- Increase lifetime income earning potential
- Increase the lifespan
Slocum Foundation has partnered with KidSports, University of Oregon’s Department of Education, HealthyMoves and Oregon Research Institute to create a blueprint for universal access to physical literacy opportunities for developing children. Together, we call our approach the Solution Revolution, to reflect a need to implement evidence-based practices to address our physical inactivity norm – now!
There are three ways the Foundation and our partners are working to address the chronic inactivity among youth:
- Implementing the KidSports' PACES Physical Literacy Program – By offering an after-school program we serve children where they are – at school, without interfering with the misconception of competing academic versus physical education/activity demands. After all, children who are physically fit score 40% higher on standardized tests. In addition, by extending the school day, we ensure enrolled children receive quality after school childcare.
- Implementing the Healthy Moves Trainer in Residence Program – Get physical education back in schools! For more information, visit http://www.hm4kids.org/
- Working with schools to improve communication to parents about physical activity opportunities outside of school.
What is PACES?
P eople and social development
A gility, balance & coordination
C onfidence building
E nthusiasm for movement
S peed and endurance
The PACES program was developed by KidSports, with support from the Slocum Foundation.
Please consider donating to the PACES program and help realize universal access to quality physical literacy curriculum for all children in the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area.