Rodeo is America's oldest extreme sport that pits man against animal. Three days of pro-rodeo performances by bonafide champion cowboy from the International Professional Rodeo Association. These events and more are all showcased at Gilbert Days, of which, traditionally, the Gilbert Days Rodeo is a three-day event. Put on by the Gilbert Promotional Corporation, which was founded in 1978 by local business and ranch owners, the series of festive events fosters a sense of community pride and family fun.
The idea for Waterworks on Wheels blossomed in the backyards of the East Valley. Founder Janice Jaicks traveled from home to home, guiding children's swimming strokes inside their own pools. Soon, the demand for her lessons required her to hire more instructors, and in addition to her summer house calls, Janice set up shop at four health clubs for year-round classes.
Today she and her team acquaint children aged 10 months?10 years with the water through a mix of patience, kindness, and know-how. The instructors seamlessly combine safety with fun, and though they specialize in teaching preschoolers and first-time swimmers, they can engage kids of all skill levels with more advanced aquatic exercises and even have a program to boost the competitive skills of adults. By maintaining a small student-to-teacher ratio, they focus on enhancing each person's aptitude regardless of prior years spent land-locked or recent hours spent swallowing helium.
Owned and operated by veteran competitive swimmer David Tait, Evo Swim School leads fun, structured classes that tutor young pupils in the watery arts. The classes start swimmers at a young age, introducing babes as young as 9 months to the water, and range up to lessons in advanced strokes that prep 12-year-olds for competitive swimming. The school sets parents' minds at ease with low student-to-teacher ratios; entry level and intermediate classes have one instructor in the pool for every four students.
During classes, parents are free to relax in the WiFi-enabled waiting room, where pool-overlooking windows provide an easy way to keep an eye on paddling young'uns. A kids' play area is also on hand to keep water-shy siblings and rust-prone sibling bots occupied while their amphibious brethren frolic in the water.
Polar Ice Gilbert gives bladed feet space to roam through regular public-skate sessions and provides class programs endorsed by the U.S. Figure Skating Association. A knowledgeable team of instructors can help advance the ice-skimming skills of all experience levels, including novices, aspiring Olympians, and ice fishermen in search of a greener commute. Beginning skaters start with introductory Learn to Skate classes, while more seasoned skaters can hone individual aspects of their talents such as jumps and spins through focused specialty classes.
Helping athletes unlock their potential requires support, guidance, and coaching that emphasizes the importance of developing character as well as fundamental skills. Empowerment Through Sports embraces this approach, offering training intended to help young men and women become more confident individuals both on the football field and in everyday life. The organization offers leagues for children between the ages of 6 and 14, giving kids weeks of dedicated instruction as well as opportunities to apply that knowledge by either playing against other teams or scrimmaging with incorporeal opponents. After providing budding athletes with this experience, the coaches from Empowerment Through Sports hope that children will continue to embrace the organization's values as they go on to play for their schools' teams.