With basketballs and tennis balls bouncing round on the court docket of the Armory Sports Center, the Father and Daughter problem opened Wednesday night.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department held the problem for fathers and daughters to get out and play sports collectively, mentioned Mary Dewey, recreation chief of the division.

“Both of you pick up a tennis racket, and you bounce the tennis ball upwards,” mentioned Bailly Page, an occasion volunteer. “I’ll time you for one minute, and you’ll need to count how many hits you get.”

Michael Miner checked out his daughter AvixChara, 8, and requested, “do you want to go first, or you want me to?”

“You go first,” mentioned AvixChara wanting up at her dad. Michael Miner smiled at her, took a racket and pulled up a tennis ball from the tube. “I knew you wanted me to go first,” he mentioned, posing to toss.

“Ready, go!” Page mentioned and she began the timer on her hand.

“It is a way to get parents and kids to work together,” Dewey mentioned. “They can get out and do exercise as a team after a long day sitting in front of a computer, schoolwork or office work, and have fun.”

Several stations have been arrange for various actions together with basketball, observe and area, soccer, soccer, tennis, hockey and baseball/softball. Every station had a volunteer to help the individuals.

Each pair of fathers and daughters additionally acquired a rating card to file their scores, and the individual with a better rating between the 2 acquired a miniature golden trophy.

The problem was open to ladies ages 6 to 14 and their father and father figures. Twelve children competed on this occasion. Most of them have been awarded with the trophy and each contestant got here residence with a certificates.

“45, 46, 47, 48…” Michael Miner counted the hits as he hopped across the tennis station. AvixChara raised and nodded her head, staring because the tennis ball bounced round, and murmured, “48, 49…” A rising pleasure stuffed her voice as she counted greater.

“85!” Michael Miner raised his hand after ending his final volley. “Okay, it’s your turn.”

With the ball falling on AvixChara’s racket, she began hopping round, making an attempt to catch it earlier than gravity pulled it to the bottom.

“Good job!” Michael Miner yelled. “Excellent!”

Michael Miner mentioned he was completely happy this problem provided him an opportunity to spend time together with his little lady. “My favorite part was seeing her do so well in some of the challenges that she hasn’t done before,” he mentioned.

“Do you feel good to win?” Michael Miner requested his daughter.

AvixChara nodded and grinned.

“Here you go, grandpa!” Naomi Cupp hollered at her husband, Jerry Cupp, who was making an attempt to dribble a soccer ball via cones. Graham Magliola, 5, and his sister Ryla Magliola, 8, have been sitting on the aspect, cheering alongside for his or her grandpa as properly.

Sayuri Magliola, Ryla and Graham’s mom, mentioned she discovered this occasion on Columbia’s metropolis web site and thought it appeared enjoyable. She introduced the household to the problem.

Dewey mentioned additionally they held a mom and son problem final May, which was their first time to carry this sort of occasion.

“Everyone loved the mother and son challenge and they seem to enjoy this one too,” Dewey mentioned. “We will hold these two challenges again in the spring.”


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