By: Burton Snowboards
January 22, 2014
Gym is already most kids’ favorite class. A much-needed break from sitting still all day, a good way to get some exercise, and a way to burn off all that pent up energy. Burton’s been working to change the way schools look at physical education by introducing a snowboarding program that helps teach the basics of balance, core strength, and agility. Allen Brook Elementary near Burton’s Burlington, VT, headquarters was the first to get on board with this new program, and recently debuted it to an excited group of kindergartners.
With Burton’s teaching tools like Riglet Boards and Riglet Reels, combined with balance boards, Twister-like grab mats and more, kids get to experience snowboarding’s movements and get exercise at the same time.
One of the driving forces behind the program, VP of Global Resorts, Jeff Boliba, talked a little bit about where the idea came from and where he sees it heading in the future.
“The idea for this program was actually developed by my son, Jeffrey, for his 8th Grade Challenge at Williston Central School. He wanted to give kids an introduction to snowboarding in physical education class. The 8th Grade Challenge is designed as an opportunity for students to give back to their community, and they get to decide what type of community service he or she would like to become involved in. It’s a chance for students to take on a more active role in their community, reap the benefits of volunteer work, and grow as a person.”
“Riglet snowboarding has allowed us to take the weather and winter out of introducing new kids to snowboarding, and a way for kids to be physically active at school. I see this allowing us to make snowboarding more accessible and to help us build participation. For the PE Program specifically, we started with Allen Brook Elementary in Williston, VT, and we’re launching it in Lafayette, CO at Pioneer School later this month. We have plans to launch the program in California and we plan to eventually expand to more school in North America, with a global expansion for 2015.”