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AZ Gives Day - Support DanceSport Education

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We hope you’ll join Arizona on April 3 for a day of giving. This is the first time we participate in this fundraiser event. We hope you'll join us this year in making an online tax deductible donation to help support our mission to to create life-long impacts in the lives of young people in Arizona through participation in ballroom dance at their schools.

$3,000 - Brings the DanceSport Education program to a classroom of low-income children for 1 school year and allows highest quality of instruction.

Click the Ticket link to visit our donation page at https://www.azgives.org/DanceSportEducation. Want to pledge your gift now? You can donate today, and schedule it to be processed on #AZGivesDay by choosing GIVES DAY for the “Donation Type”.

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WE NEED YOUR INVOLVEMENT! Arizona’s children are growing unhealthy and obese at alarming rates, with physical consequences of Type 2 diabetes, orthopedic problems, and cardiovascular disease in their adulthood, accompanied by psychological damage, social exclusion, ridicule, and low self-esteem. These conditions intensify for children living in low-income, at risk communities. To battle the situation, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that all children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity daily as a health building effort. However, nearly 3 out of 4 children in AZ are not meeting this recommendation, with physical activity numbers trending downward.

Sport has been increasingly recognized and used as a high-impact tool in health-building efforts, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Most competitive sports, however, require audition and many children remain outside of selection; many bring elevated risk of physical injuries, pressure and even bulling. Parents are often unable to afford the team costs. As a lifetime sport, however, ballroom dance offers a healthier choice that is easy to make. It is inclusive, no auditions or special skills are required, and all children are welcome. Ballroom dance helps children to mature physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively through low impact activity. Research supports the fact that participation in dance and movement develops the young brain and increases cognition: students have higher test scores and graduate school.

The DanceSport Education program aligns with Arizona’s Department of Health plan to fight obesity by increasing the number of children participating in physical activity. The ballroom dance program provides children with physical activity that uses all muscles and yet is enjoyable, appealing and fosters sustained interest. It stimulates participation regardless of athletic ability, body habitus, gender, or physical fitness.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! The lack of physical activity among children is not somebody else's problem. We are all intimately connected when it comes to health. We all bear the cost of unhealthy and obese younger generation. Investing in programs and initiatives to get children more active provides significant cost savings and societal benefits. Your sponsorship will directly support one major goal:

1. Increase the number of children in Arizona who engage in ballroom dance as a physical activity/sport with the goal of building life-long healthy habits. Last year, upon launch, our DanceSport Education program serviced 100+ students ages 4-18 from 3 Arizona schools. Two of the schools are located in low income communities. With your support, we will not only retain these students, but increase their number and continue to grow the program’s outreach and positive impact.

Learn more about our program: https://www.dancesported.org