Young athletes encouraged to ‘Start Smart’

From left to right: Zoe Rhyne, Ava Wolf, Hazel Whisler, Charles Huffman, Caroline Robinson, Zi’Shae White, Landon Ritter, Noah Huffman, Christian Todd. In the back is coach Shay King.

The City of Charleston Recreation Department has instituted a “Start Smart” program, designed as a parent-child activity for children aged 3-5.

The program helps children perform motor-skill tasks that gradually build self-confidence while having fun.

It is a six-week class that meets once a week, and the next session, called “Start Smart Sports Development Program,” focuses on motor skills for soccer, football, baseball and basketball.

The next session starts in mid-September and ends the last week of October.

Classes will be held at Bees Landing Recreation Center in West Ashley, Hazel Parker Playground (downtown), Bayview on James Island, and Etiwan Park on Daniel Island.

The registration period runs from June 1-July 27. Cost is $30 for city residents and $55 for non-city residents.

For more information, call 402-7329.