Saturday Sports

Overview

Saturday Sports is a two-hour program held throughout the year, that engages volunteers in a group mentoring setting with students, giving them the opportunity to do something positive and fun in their neighborhoods.

GOALS OF SATURDAY SPORTS

For Students

  • Open access to green space for fun, healthy activities
  • Positive adult role models & character lessons

For Volunteers

  • Way to be a consistent presence in the neighborhood
  • Increase mentoring and a deeper investment in kids/families

Most sites are hosted by local churches who have established a partnership with the school and surrounding neighborhood.

Activities can include many sports games, crafts, and fun activities.

A short Bible story or positive character talk is presented at the end of the morning and a sack lunch is given to each child. Students will either eat the lunch on campus or take it home to eat.

ENP provides support, guidance, training, equipment, liability insurance and a connection to the school campus, making it easy for the church to start and maintain a partnership.

ENP has also created a network of support with volunteers from Fresno State, Fresno Pacific, City Departments and other Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) to assist the church in their mission.

Currently, there are 32 active programs going on throughout Fresno.

SAMPLE SATURDAY SPORTS SCHEDULE

(some programs run from 10-noon)

8:50 – 9:15 Registration/Check-In
9:15 – 9:20 Opening Talk
9:20 – 10:20 Prayer Sports & Crafts
10:20 – 10:25 Clean Up Campus
10:25 – 10:45 Bible Story/Character Talk
10:45 – 10:55 Pass Out Lunches
10:55 – 11:10 Clear Campus/Secure Gates

Want to Volunteer?

Step 1
Fill out the ENP Volunteer Application

Step 2
Sign up for an Orientation

An orientation will take place at pre-selected Saturday Sports sites throughout the year. This will give you a bit of an overview about ENP and your role as a volunteer.

Register for Orientation

Things to Know Before Coming Out

AFTER ORIENTATION

  • If you are volunteer more than 10 hours please get fingerprinted
  • Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start time
  • Check-in when you arrive
  • Ask the leader how you can assist with morning responsibilities
  • Get to know the kids! Ask what they love to do at Saturday Sports and just GO PLAY!
  • Get further connected: If we can connect you into an intentional mentoring relationship or you would like to serve on campus as a Literacy mentor let us know!

CHECK-IN

Everyone attending Saturday Sports must sign in.

RULES

Children are asked to obey the same rules that apply at school, including; No foul language, no fighting, no riding bikes or skateboard on campus, and no weapons, including pocket knives. If an issue arises, let the leader know so they can address the situation.

ENGAGING KIDS & CROSSING CULTURES

We all grow up in different environments. Socio-economic background, language, values and ethnicity all play a role in the way we go about our day.

It is important to engage with a heart for understanding, listening, and learning. It is not bad, but different! Engage these kids and families with a heart of openness and understanding. By doing this you will be providing opportunities for them to have fun in an atmosphere that is positive, safe, encouraging and affirming.

ENGAGING PARENTS

We want to recognize parents in our neighborhoods as a valuable asset. Get to know them and give them opportunities (invite & encourage them) to serve alongside you.

HANDLING CONFLICT

If an issue arises it’s important to address it with a heart for restoration instead of punishment. Make sure those kids know how much you care about them when addressing their behavior. Help them work through it and let them share ideas for ways they could have handled it differently.

If there is a violent offense let your Saturday Sports leader know right away.

Never be alone with a child. Avoid any opportunities for compromising situations or false accusations.

Video Highlight

Please view the following video which was created for one of our partnerships. It shows the heart of why we do what we do and the value of investing in the lives of our youth.

    andrewfeilSaturday Sports