We’re Headed To The Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit! #NikeKids

by Linette

My son and I are both over the moon excited we’re headed to the Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit this Friday at the Nike Campus in Beaverton Oregon. The campus itself sounds really impressive! It has an exhibit hall, running trails, a 400 meter track made from recycled Nike shoes, fitness centers,  a swimming pool, a climbing rock, and way more!

During the Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit the kids will get to participate in activities related to different sports.  I’ve heard some of the activities could include rock climbing, swimming, soccer, basketball and more! I hope the adults get to participate a little too! Not sure about the rock climbing though!

I’ll have more info and a recap on Friday afternoon! I’ll also be Tweeting, and posting updates to Facebook and Instagram during the event. You can follow me by pushing the Twitter and Facebook icons up in the right hand corner of this page (if you’re not already).

We’ve already started packing! I ordered a new carry on bag for my equipment, but I’m not sure it’s going to get here in time. I’m taking both of my cameras, and I also have my iPod Touch for Instagram photos, and my Flip so I’ll definitely have plenty to share! Woot!

My son’s super excited, he loves sports! He’s loved to chase a ball around since before he could walk! He started playing baseball when he was in kindergarten! It was cute, until he was picking daisies and playing with rocks when he was supposed to be chasing the ball and getting someone out at first base, hah.

Now he’s developed his baseball skills quite a bit and I’m really proud when I watch him play (not that I wasn’t proud when he was picking daisies and playing with rocks in the outfield). As a parent, sometimes I don’t focus on that enough, and tell him how proud I am at the end of the game. I try too, it just doesn’t always happen that way.

I’m also proud of his achievements in basketball and football. He gets in there and tries his best at whatever sport he’s playing.

I think playing sports has helped him in many ways, including:

  • Being a team player, and learning how to work well with other members of the team.
  • Building relationships with other children
  • Learning how to lose gracefully
  • Learning how to win gracefully
  • Having discipline enough to make it to practices on time (even when they start at 7am in the morning during the summer for football)
  • My son tends to be shy, and not the most outspoken person in a group, but I think playing sports has helped him learn to join in and be more a part of the group.

I’m glad I’ll get to experience this the Nike Young Athletes Innovation Summit with my son, and have a little one on one time with him while we’re traveling. I’m excited he’s going to have this opportunity to meet other children who are excited about sports, and maybe learn some new skills while he’s having a good time.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike.

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Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) April 24, 2012 - 10:38 am

That sounds like it is so much for for a young boy! I hope he makes a ton of new friends and learns a lot of great skills for life and for sports.

Jeannette April 24, 2012 - 11:17 am

I think it is awesome that Nike is doing this! Sports is such an essential activity (especially for boys) and Nike encouraging it is fantastic! I can’t wait to see what comes of this fantastic summit!

Suburban Style Challenge April 24, 2012 - 11:33 am

What a wonderful opportunity! It’s so great that the kids get to cultivate their skills and learn new things, and it sounds like they’ll have a ton of fun on top of it! I hope you get to try some of the stuff out as well (and don’t be afraid to try rock climbing–it’s actually SUPER fun!!).

Still Blonde after all these YEARS April 24, 2012 - 11:40 am

What great fun for you and your son. I love the ways Nike promotes itself as a brand. Its my go to brand for sportswear as I love their approach!

Melanie K. April 24, 2012 - 12:14 pm

My son would love this! He enjoys soccer, baseball, football, and basketball. Hopefully we’ll narrow those down soon! 🙂

bre dale April 24, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Heck yeah! How exciting! I love seeing the pics and the packing process too

Mina Slater April 24, 2012 - 3:55 pm

This is awesome and sounds like so much fun! My kiddo would love something like that! He is also athletic and plays on a basketball team and it definitely teaches him many valuable life lessons. It is so awesome for Nike to have such a facility! Awesome!!

Gayla Baer April 25, 2012 - 5:16 am

What an exciting opportunity! Have fun and savor every minute! Take lots of pics – your son will love looking back on this experience for years to come! I’ll look forward to hearing all the details when you return. 🙂

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