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Austin, TX, United States, 2007/10/23 - Participating in youth sports is a widely anticipated time in a child’s life, but more recently the fun experience has become overshadowed by bullying on the playing fields of America.
Participating in youth sports is a widely anticipated time in a child’s life, but more recently the fun experience has become overshadowed by bullying on the playing fields of America. In fact, one of the biggest problems a child faces today is bullying, according to a new study by UCLA. Bullies are everywhere - in schools, internet, playgrounds and on your child’s sports teams. The problem is bad enough that many youth leagues have been forced to implement anti-bullying policies.
This summer, Chuck Hellman and LuckySports bring to life the “Adventures in SportsLand” Bully Series, focusing on eight sports - baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, soccer, tennis and volleyball. These bilingual (English and Spanish) children’s picture books are aimed at children who are just beginning to interact with sport teams, coaches, fans and players and subliminally teach them how to better understand handling bullies. These non-violent stories serve as excellent tools for initiating dialogue between children and adults, including parents, caregivers and educators to discuss bullies, good behavior, playing fair and most important - just having fun.
Each sports book contains 32 illustrated pages that feature LuckySports characters shaped like sporting goods equipment that come alive to play their sport in a mystical, magical world of SportsLand, where sport is KING and playing is FUN. In the stories, the main goal for LuckySports characters is to have fun (win or lose) while playing sports and eventually get invited to the Great Hall of Fun - where there is continuous fun and laughter.
Hellman says, “This is an opportunity to inspire further discussion about the ways in which children learn to interact through sports activities. Talking loud and yelling are part of the sports experience. Sometimes it is ok and sometimes it isn't. Young children soon learn there is ‘good noise’ and ‘bad noise.’ The lesson is to teach the child the difference between ‘bully yelling’ and ‘team cheering and encouragement.”
Books with an accompanying CD contain:
• PowerPoint Story Narration
• PowerPoint Post-Game Interviews with LuckySports Characters
• LuckySports Screen Saver
• LuckySports Coloring Book
• LuckySports Music and Songs.
Both Hellman and Robert Tiritilli, the books’ illustrator, live in Southern California. For years they have coached and officiated youth sports - basketball, football, tennis, soccer and baseball, plus Hellman developed a successful junior golf program at a local country club where he was a member.