Lunch is kinda short when you eat fast, if you know what I mean. And if you know Springville Jr. High’s students, you know that the majority can’t just sit around for ten minutes. They get bored too easily. Solution? Lunch sports. Activities to get them up and moving so they can work off all those calories they just gained. It’s not a good reason, but it’s one of them.
Mr. Rockwood, Springville Junior High’s Dean of Students, says that he was a lunchtime monitor for the kids who went outside. He was constantly being asked, “Do you have basketballs?” Do you have any soccer balls?” Kids just wanted to play sports and that’s when he decided to talk with Mr. McGuire, our principal, on sports during lunch. Mr. McGuire says he was already coming up with the idea of putting basketball hoops up and painting the courts. Their plan was almost finished. They painted the courts and put up the hoops. They just needed basketballs and soccer balls. That’s not all, though. They have different sports like four square too.
A few of the kids that go outside say that it’s fun and we can get all our energy out before our next period. Kekoa, an 8th grader, says that he enjoys it because he gets to play football and hang out with his friends. He says it’s like an extra PE and helps the kids get their energy out before 5th or 6th period starts, depending on your classes. It’s a good activity for the kids overall, but will it eventually backfire? Kekoa says, “All the trash at the end of lunch sports might take it down.” He’s not wrong either. There was a whole bunch of trash towards the end of lunch sports. Keoni Spencer, another 8th grader at SJHS, says that a possibility that could have lunch sports taken back is how people might get all the balls stuck on the roof. He says they always play games that involve throwing or kicking balls and they could eventually get stuck on the roof. He also says some kids intentionally throw or kick the balls on top of the roof, which could end up being a financial issue. It could damage things on the roof, or the security cameras on the wall. It was already expensive enough to pay for all the balls, the extra equipment that breaks is a pretty pricey cost.
Even though lunch sports sounds like a great idea, everything has its downsides. After all, nothing is perfect. So, is this new activity, lunch sports, a good idea?