Day: May 25, 2022

LIC-Based Non-Profit Aims to Promote Exercise by Teaching Underprivileged Kids Pickleball

People playing pickleball (L) and an image of a pickleball paddle with two balls (R) (Photos: Wikipedia and OvertAnalyzer via Wikipedia)

May 19, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A local nonprofit wants to keep some of the borough’s underprivileged children in good health by promoting exercise via a new sport.

The Floating Hospital, a Long Island City-based organization that provides healthcare services to underserved communities, will soon be coaching some of the city’s homeless children how to play a unique racket sport.

The sport, called pickleball, is a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton. It is growing in popularity because it is considered to be easy to play, and people of nearly all skill levels can participate.

Several healthcare educators who work at the Floating Hospital will learn the game themselves next Wednesday and, in turn, teach the children how to play. The non-profit serves nearly 5,000 children across the

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The Best Exercise Bikes for April 2022

If you have an indoor workout space, you may be thinking about new indoor exercise equipment. Riding a bike outdoors is much different than indoor cycling and, you can’t bike outside if the weather is bad. Exercise bikes are a great way to get high-quality cardio workouts without the damaging impact on joints from running or jogging. Stationary bikes are also a great addition to your home gym because you can use them anytime, regardless of the weather outside. To make the decision easier, we rounded up a few of our favorite bikes for you below.

Peloton Bike

The Peloton Bike is the original immersive biking experience that inspired other apps such as iFit and Zwift, and it’s packed with leading-edge features and technology. The 21.5-inch HD touchscreen is adjustable for different heights and paired with a 2×10-watt sound system. The design is compact, with just a 4-foot by 2-foot

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Boys high school volleyball a MHSAA sport? Here’s what’s needed

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced in January that it will sanction boys volleyball for the 2022-2023 school year.

Indiana took a big step in that direction May 2. According to the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana High School Athletic Association recognized the game as an emerging sport, which means it will provide backing with an eye toward it becoming officially recognized when 50 percent of the membership is participating.

Will Michigan be the next Midwest-based state to add boys volleyball as a sanctioned sport? That’s the goal, according to Aaron Smaka, who helped create Michigan Boys Volleyball.

“I think this sport has that kind of potential because of how easy it would be for schools to add this sport,” said Smaka, who coaches Grand Haven’s girls volleyball and is an assistant boys coach. “The team size is relatively small with 10 to 12 kids on most teams and the

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