For Little Athletes, Try My First Sports

My First Sports offers young children an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sports. But it’s more than just sports for little ones: The classes also provide a unique opportunity for kids and their parents.

“When I was a little kid, I was able to play T-ball with my dad,” says Spenser Lind, recreation coordinator at Willamalane. “It’s one of my fondest memories growing up. I’m glad we’re able to give similar memories to these kids and their parents.”

Working through athletic challenges with parents can cement relationships, Lind says.

“There’s nothing like bonding over sports,” Lind says. “It’s a great time for both kids and their parents.”

Which First Sport is the best fit for your kid?


Ages 18 months-3 years. Stretch your imagination and your body! Help your child improve body control, motor skills and creativity through stretching, dancing and games. Thursday mornings or Monday evenings.


Ages 4-6. This is the perfect introductory class to help you learn the art of climbing. You will build confidence, balance and strength on both the bouldering and climbing walls. Parent participation is required to help kids on and off the wall and encourage the climbers to summit. All participants will receive a certificate of completion and skill development milestones.


Ages 3-5. Join your child in learning throwing, catching, batting, and running/agility. Wednesday mornings or evenings.


Ages 3-5. Does your child love to run and kick balls? Introduce him or her to the sport of soccer. This program will focus on a variety of soccer skills including kicking, dribbling, trapping, throwing and running/agility. Wednesday mornings or evenings.


Ages 3-5. Help your child experience how fun basketball can be with Willamalane. Learn a variety of skills including dribbling, passing, shooting and running/agility. Wednesday mornings or evenings.