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My daughter did. She tried out for the high school cheer squad after making the decision to retire from competitive gymnastics. She made the Junior Varsity squad (Freshman are not allowed to be on the Varsity squad at her school) and is now experiencing sweat inducing moments like she has never experienced before! It’s one thing to compete on a balance beam 4 feet off the ground in front of a random audience, but it is another thing all together to be on top of that cheer stunt in front of hundreds of your classmates and the glare of the stadium lights in your eyes.
Thanks to a promotion we did last year with DegreeGirl, she no longer worries about the sweat part of her practices or games. She and my younger daughter ask for Degree deodorant specifically and they each keep a stick in every one of their gym bags/back packs.
We have been given the opportunity to work with Degree® again and have another great giveaway to share with you.
We will be giving one lucky reader this cool Puma duffle bag filled with…
Essentials for practice, home and away games! Here’s what you’ll find in the Degree® deodorant first team tryout, first away game bag:
- Puma duffle bag
- Sony headphones
- Sports water bottle
- Degree® branded water bottle
- Two Degree® deodorant sticks
The Degree® team sent us one of the giveaway sets to keep so we could give you our take on it. The Puma bag is very roomy and will easily hold training clothes, tennis shoes, snacks, headphones and portable electronics (there is even a special compartment for them) and water bottles with room to spare. The Sony headphones are sleek but cushioned and do a great job cancelling out unwanted noise so your athlete can get “in the zone” or just relax on that noisy bus. Two different water bottles will ensure your athlete always has essential fluids to drink. And of course, there are two sticks of the Degree Expert Protection Motion Sense deodorant – in Active Clean and Fresh Energy scents.
So, how do you win this gift set for yourself?
Required entry: Leave us a comment on this post telling us what sport your child plays, tried out for, or plans on trying out for. How did the try out go and how is the season going so far?
Bonus entries: Get BONUS ENTRIES by letting your friends know about our giveaway. Get one extra entry for each of the following, but come back and leave a second comment telling us where you shared it:
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- Leave your comment(s) no later than midnight September 26, 2012.
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- You must be 13 or older to enter. If you are under 13, just ask your parent, grandparent, favorite aunt or uncle to enter for you!
- We will be using the “And the winner is” plugin to select one (1) winners at random.
Disclosure: Degree sent us a gift pack for purpose of review but the opinions of the products are our own!
It has been proven over and over, kids who are physically active and participate in sports get better grades! According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), teens who receive mostly As are almost twice as likely to get the CDC recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity than teens who receive mostly Ds and Fs? Kids who perform better in school are more likely to be physically active on a regular basis. Adding physical activity to the school day can not only keep kids healthy, but also increase attention, behavior and positive attitudes leading to improved academic performance.
However, fewer than 7 out of 10 high school students receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. With the school year quickly approaching, teachers and school administrators around the country are getting classrooms and gymnasiums ready for the new school year. In addition to lesson plans and clean whiteboards, desks and hallways, another item to keep in mind this school year is the importance of physical activity.
Test your knowledge of the relationship between physical activity and academic performance with this quick quiz from the CDC:
What sports will your child do this fall?
School’s out and summer’s here! Chances are, if you have an athlete, there will be a summer camp of sorts in their future. I know I am going to be spending a large part of my day tomorrow labeling and helping my son get packed for his camp. He will only be gone for 5 days but it sure seems like we have a lot to pack! It will also be his first sleepaway camp and while in year’s past I would have doubted his readiness, this year there is no doubt in my mind he will be fine.
I have collected some great resources and checklists to help you decide if your athlete is ready for an overnight camp and what you need to pack.
- Let’s start with my printable summer camp packing list – one is specifically for gymnasts and the other one is for just about any camp.
- Mom’s Team has a good checklist for parent’s preparing to send their athlete away to camp
- PBS’s Bob Ditter on how to get kids ready for camp – the independence, maturity and mental preparation
- Jennifer O’Donnell has some good tips to help you determine if your tween is ready for an overnight camp
- TypeA Parent has another good article on how to make sure your child’s first camp experience is a successful one
Don’t forget to label EVERYTHING! Either invest in some good Sharpie markers or better yet, Mabel’s Labels has a Limited Edition Camp Combo™ that is perfect for labeling everything your child may need at camp.
What other tips do you have for sending kids off to camp?