Youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community were invited to hang out and play games during the SRPMIC Recreation Department’s first Teen Jam, held on January 15 at the Pi-Copa Gym. Teens mingled while eating pizza and wings with staff before heading into the gym for games. The youth were also allowed to bring friends to the event. Also present were the Boys & Girls Club’s Lehi and Red Mountain branches.
“Tonight is our Teen Jam, and we are trying to get the youth to come out after their winter break and do some gym games and activities outside the city instead of being at home playing video games,” said Sera Gould, Recreation Coordinator II in the Social Programs division.
During the Teen Jam there were competitions such as an indoor kickball game, dodgeball and free-throw contests. Teens also played Twister and Jenga. All the games required teens to form teams and get to know each other.
Teens ages 13 to 18 who are junior high and high school age are invited to attend Recreation events. The department wants to get more Community teens to come out and participate in the activities that the Recreation Department has to offer. Teen events will be held at the Pi-Copa Gym and Pop Warner field on Friday evenings.
“The Social and Athletics divisions have come together to get the youth motivated. We want to get them out and become more social,” said Gould. “The next event will be snow tubing, and staff would like to get the youth to go with the department to Flagstaff and try the activity out.”
Gould added that they are trying to schedule activities twice a month for the teens and want to let them know they have a place to go here in the Community.
For more information on activities or events, contact the Recreation Department at (480) 362-6360.