All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
Befitting its status as a therapeutic school within the context of a boarding school model, Valley View School regards sports as a key element in students' development. For over 30 years, Valley View students have competed against other schools in soccer, basketball, tennis and cross-country running. The benefits have been wide-ranging and impressive.
Valley View's Athletic Director Aaron McKee states, "Upon arrival, many of our boys have given up on sports for a variety of reasons. Yet sports can be very beneficial to their development and self-image. We provide our boys with a path back into sports so they can experience the joys and benefits of athletics." Of course, finding the right level of competition can be a challenge. Mr. McKee works with other schools' coaches to achieve the right level of competition for their teams.
Athletics can provide a powerful metaphor for life, and thereby offer tremendous opportunities for learning and growth. Head Basketball Coach Dale Nowers has noted that winning is way down on the list of his priorities. He states, "Our players learn discipline, teamwork, how to sustain effort, how to tolerate frustration, how to enjoy winning and how to lose with class."
In the course of each sports season, players often show great improvement in their skill level and the maturity with which they approach their practicies, games and meets.
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) school, our campus is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. Our overall program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control, emotional regulation and social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.