Recreation and Leisure Time Activities
"The effective programming of recreation and the use of leisure time are important aspects of a Training School. Recreation serves two very vital functions: pleasant and healthful living and an adjunct to the program of therapy and rehabilitation. Quite often a child finds an opportunity to express himself in physical education and play activities when he cannot in other areas. Recreation must provides means to release energy in both channeled activities and spontaneous play. The State Industrial School has enlarged its recreation program in the past few years and provides many activities for boys.
All boys participate in intramural sports which
include basketball, baseball, boxing, dodge ball, football, swimming, softball,
soccer, volleyball and wrestling. There are both playground and an indoor
gymnasium which are in use constantly in the recreation program...
The use of volunteers from the University of Colorado has been extensive in the recreation and leisure time activities. Many young students from the University come to the school to assist in the direction of these various teams in swimming, gymnastics, and others. Frequently the boys are taken to workout in the gym at the University and they also have a coordinated program in operation with the Twentieth Street Recreation Center in Denver...
Many of the boys have been attending the
Denver-Chicago Truckers Home games as guests of the Truckers. They have
also been able to attend the football and basketball games at the University of
Colorado. On some occasions as many as twenty boys have been able to go to
Folsom Field in Boulder to see Big Eight Football.
During the year there are many events which are presented for the boys in an effort to make their leisure time eventful. There are two motion pictures a week which all the boys attend. These films are supplied by the Denver Film Company. Once each month there is a birthday party for the boys who are enjoying birthdays during that month. On some Sundays afternoons in the summer there are track and field days in which the boys are able to compete in many different games and track events. The recreation and leisure time activities are very vital part of the rehabilitation program for boys..."1
1. Colorado State Industrial School, Thirty - Eighth Biennial Report 1955 - 1957, Golden: State Industrial School Press, 1958. Stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10150.
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