My husband is an active member of the Knights of Columbus with our parish, here in Plano. The Knights have always made an effort to find activities for the young people. Today they had a “Free Toss Basketball” competition. They had announced it in the church bulletin, at the school and had sent out flyers to the neighborhoods. They had one child show up and were so disappointed.
When my husband asked me what I thought, I told him. I think the children of today lead very busy lives. They have all kinds of afterschool activities, and the weekends are also covered over. Just ask any parent of a school age child. I am not sure kids are into basketball toss anymore. Give them a competition with a video game and see what happens.
I no longer have school age children, but I do see my grandchildren and how “techno” they are. My youngest grandson is a marvel on the WII games and his sister is right there with him. The activities for our young people have changed, but I don’t see our parish making any changes.
There is a lot of participation in the Soccer Challenge the Knights have, but it seems to me, that is a very popular sport with the youth of today. There is not a lot of activity with the Soccer Challenge. It entails kicking a ball though certain holes in a net to get points. The winner scored the most points.
What else do kids of today like to do besides video games and soccer? I am looking for suggestions that would be appropriate for a church activity. That’s my two-cents for today.