Basketball in Lake Forest

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My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.

166 McHenry Rd
Buffalo Grove,
IL
US

At Kits Sports Center, children and adults can play basketball, baseball, soccer, or flag football. Youth programs like preschool PE, co-ed dodgeball, floor hockey, kickball, and beginning basketball instill teamwork, discipline, agility, and other skills. Adults can socialize in women's or men's soccer and volleyball programs, or push it to the max during a Flight Athletic Fitness Training workout, which incorporates sprints, drills, and bench-pressing of coaches.

325 Surryse Rd
Lake Zurich,
IL
US

At Illinois Magic Basketball, a team of high school coaches, collegiate, and professional basketball players train kids to improve their basketball skills. Small group lessons and one-on-one sessions work on techniques including dribbling and jump shots, while Sunday night trainings take intense players and help them heighten their skills. In addition to these focused lessons, league teams combines drills with more than 14 games in a season to get kids learning while they play.

119 S. Emerson St. #145
Mount Prospect,
IL
US

All of the trainers at Nate's Premium Athletes hold exercise-science degrees with athletic-training minors. They use this expertise to develop training programs that focus on their clients' individual weaknesses, such as strength, balance, and agility. So far, the trainers have worked with more than 85 Division I athletes.

502 Morse Ave.
Schaumburg,
IL
US

Established: 2007

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours

Brands Used: Age-appropriate and quality equipment is provided.

Pro Tip: Be ready for your camper to come home and ask you to play hoops or do pushups together.

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: Girls age 4-14

Q&A with Sara Hokin, Director of Operations

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Our incentive programs emphasize and reward effort, teamwork, heart, etc. We have special relationships with local, collegiate, and professional women's teams that offer our camps the opportunity for in-camp clinics and professional sports outings.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

Our staff training is pretty intense, to the extent that we role play worst-case scenarios. We practice adjusting to different circumstances, including quick transitions from outside to inside, should we encounter extreme weather.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Our impact both on the fields and courts and off?our program emphasizes growth as an athlete as [much as] it does growth as a person.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are proud of the relationships we develop and maintain through the years with our camp families. Throughout these years, we have worked hard to create a customized teaching technique and unique understanding of how young girls best learn and thrive. The results are a program and environment that effectively foster their love for sports and fitness to last a lifetime. This is our passion. This is our mission.

4140 North Marine Drive
Chicago,
IL
US

In the spirit of the city motto, "Urbs in horto" (City in a Garden), Chicago established its first parks in 1869. The Chicago Park District as it exists today was created in 1934 and holds sway over 8,200 acres of open space, including 31 beaches, 40 nature areas, and upward of 570 parks. But the park district provides access to more than just the green expanses of its outdoor domain; its facilities harbor the waxed hardwood of indoor basketball courts, the chlorinated splashes of swimming pools, and other features that facilitate active lifestyles. Park administrators offer athletic programming year round, as well as seasonal events such as autumn pumpkin patches and summer's Movies in the Park, part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative, which features more than 750 citywide cultural and arts activities. The park district also oversees many local civic landmarks, including the iconic Buckingham Fountain.

2401 N Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
Illinois
US