Posts Tagged ‘Coach Campbell’

What Do You Know About Inline Skating?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Coach Campbell was giving the “Can Dos’ a pop quiz about sports. They were doing fine until he asked about inline skating. So, he had the “Can Dos” take seats in the gym bleachers and he began to share what he knew.

skating“Inline skating is a form of roller skating. Skaters wear shoes with wheels set in a straight line on the bottom.

Inline skates were invented by a Minnesota hockey player so that he could skate during the off-season. California has the most inline skaters — 3.6 million residents regularly go inline skating. Many professional skiers use inline skating to train during the off-season, because some of the skills of each activity are the same.

There are several different types of inline skates, depending on the type of skating you do. Recreational skates have a plastic boot and 4 wheels. These skates are best for beginners.

No matter what kind of skates you wear, always wear a helmet, as well as wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads.

You can avoid getting hurt when inline skating by making sure your helmet and pads are on correctly. Your helmet should be tightly buckled, with the front coming down to right over your eyebrow, and your pads should be on tight, so they don’t slip while you are skating. It’s also important that your helmet is approved by one of the groups who test helmets to see which ones are the best: the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell B-95 standards are best for inline skating helmets.

Practice balancing on your skates by walking in them on a flat, grassy area. As you move to the pavement, balance yourself without trying to move. Gradually begin to skate by moving forward, but not too fast. Keep your knees bent and flexible when you skate — it will keep you more stable. And if you fall — fall forward. Then you will fall on your kneepads — they’re there to protect you!

If you try inline skating, make sure you are always in control of your speed, turns and stops, and be careful of cracks in the pavement where you are skating — they can be dangerous if your wheels get caught in them. It’s best to go skating out of the way of traffic and other people (skating rinks are great places to skate). As a beginner, it is best to skate with friends and family.”

Source: CDC,

Name That “Can Do”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

How well do you know the “Can Do” Kids? Name that “Can Do”

____________is the “Can Do” usually seen dribbling a basketball.

____________and __________live with their grandma while their mom is in the Army.

____________ wears glasses.

____________is the smartest kid in class.

____________ is the school nurse.

____________is grandma of Kathy, Annie, Arthur Jay, Bobby and Orrie.

____________visits his grandparents on the Indian reservation every summer.

____________is the coach who helps the “Can Dos” with being good sports.

____________is director of the recreation center and grandma to Yundi and Wendy.

____________is good on a skateboard but has trouble sharing.

____________always carries a note pad and wants to be a writer when she grows up.

____________wins at jump rope.

____________rode in an ambulance when he fell off his bike.

____________got lost, but Grandpa John and Policewoman Paula helped her.

____________is Nellie and Willie’s grandpa.

____________is the “Can Do” kids teacher.

____________is Hector and Maria’s grandma and an EMT.

____________has a service dog.

____________is the service dog’s name.



Friday, January 3rd, 2014

snowmen skiingThe first day back to school after New Year’s Day held the promise of snow for sledding.

It started snowing early, before school started, and now it was snowing heavily. The “Can Do” kids were hoping that there would be an early dismissal from school.

Most of “Can Dos” had taken their sleds down from their attics or out of their garages just to be ready for a chance to go sledding.

Just then the door opened and in came Coach Campbell. “Hi boys and girls,” said Coach. “As you can see it is snowing very hard and there will be early dismissal.” Coach waited for the cheering to quiet down before he continued. “I want to remind everyone about the safety rules when it comes to sledding.

Before you start sledding, be sure you have the right kind of sled and helmets, dress warmly, and ask you parents or grandparents to pick out a perfect hill for you to sled down.

Then remember:

  • No sledding without a responsible adult present to supervise. If a child does get injured, there should always be an adult on hand to administer first aid and, if necessary, take the injured sledder to the emergency room.
  • Young kids (5 and under) should only sled with an adult, and kids under 12 should be actively watched at all times.
  • You should always sit face-forward on your sleds. Never sled down a hill backwards or while standing
  •  Don’t go down the hill face-first, as this greatly increases your risk of hurting your head.
  • You need to go down the hill one at a time and with only one person per sled (except for adults with young kids).
  • Don’t build an artificial jump or an obstacle on a sledding hill.
  • Keep your arms and legs within the sled at all times.
  • If you fall off the sled, move out of the way.
  • If you are on a sled that won’t stop, roll off it and get away from it.
  • Walk up the side of the hill and leave the middle open for other sledders.
  • Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a moving vehicle.”

The “Can Dos” nodded and promised Coach they would follow the sledding rules.

Coach smiled and said, “OK then, get out there and have fun sledding!”


Do the Work…Be a Winner!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

workCoach is getting ready for the afternoon session at the Rec Center.

A very sullen Hector drags himself in, head down.

Hey Hector, what’s up? Ready for this afternoon? It’s going to be fun.

No Coach, I can’t come today…or any other day for a while.

What? How come, what happened?

I got my report card yesterday, and my Mom is mad at me. She says I have to come home everyday right after school until my grades get better.

Wow, how bad was the report card?

Not that bad, I only failed two classes.

Hold on a minute, you failed two classes. Are you are trying to tell me that failing only two classes isn’t that bad? Really?

Well, I mean…I did pass my other classes.

Hector, you are supposed to pass ALL of your classes. If you don’t, you end up falling behind, and that is no fun at all. I mean, right now you have to skip our afternoon sessions for a while, and you can’t be happy about that, are you?


If you had passed all your classes, would your Mom be mad at you?

Probably not.

Now, why did you fail these classes? What is the problem?

Well, I failed math because I just don’t get it.

Oh, so it’s not really your fault then, right? I mean it is math, and you just can’t do math, right? No way, no how, just can’t do it?

Oh, come on Coach. You know what I

Not sure that I do know what you mean. So, let me ask you some questions.

Do you get homework?


Do you do it?

No, not really.

Do you think that not doing your homework hurt you,?

Yeah, I guess.

You guess? Hmm, do you remember when we first met?


Do you remember how you couldn’t do any of the exercises? You couldn’t keep up with the other kids. Remember telling me you just couldn’t do it?

Oh yeah, and I remember how you got mad at me for saying that.

Of course, because you were giving up on yourself. Without even trying to get better, you were looking to give up.  Now, a few years later, can you do all the exercises?

You bet I can!

So, what changed?

I didn’t give up, I did the work, everyday, and after a while I started to get better.

That’s right, you did the work. Now you are one of the best in the room. See how hard work pays off? It takes time, but it does make a difference.

Now, if you did the math work, every night, do you think you would have failed?

No way.

Now, what was the other class you failed?


What? History, let me guess….another class you did not do the homework.

Yeah. I tried to catch up, but it was just too much reading and vocabulary.

Hector, if I asked you to do 10 push-ups a day, could you do it?


Now if you skipped a week, could you do 70 push-ups at once?

No, I can’t do that many at once.

See how letting your work slip, you fall behind, and then you set yourself up to fail?

Yeah, I do.

Now, what do I always say about what it takes to be a winner?

You gotta’ do the hard work now, in order to be ready to win later.

That’s right. If you do your homework, keep up with your readings, then come test time, you are ready to win.

Do the work, everyday, and be a winner!


Story By: Ned Campbell, a coach and teacher in Brooklyn, NY

Dogs that Serve our Country

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Some of the “Can Dos” see Coach Campbell going into the Can Do Center …

Hey Coach, what’s up?

Oh not much, had a good weekend hiking in the woods with Delmar. He is learning how to stay close, and return on command.

Return on command?

Yeah, when I want him to come back to me, to be close, I give him his whistle, like a bugle call, and he comes running back to me.

What’s a bugle call?


In the old days of the Army, way before there was radio, commands, or instructions, orders were given over a large area by using a bugle, like a trumpet. Certain songs meant certain things.

Remember Coach, when we talked about dogs helping us out, and you suggested that we see if there were any dogs helping people out  in our neighborhood? Well, a couple of weekends ago there was a parade near where I live, and there were lots of men and women in uniforms, and there were even dogs in vests, but with military stuff on it. They were in the parade too.

It sounds like you saw a Memorial Day parade to honor all those who served in the military, but did not come home.

 So, does that mean there were dogs that went to war too? Dogs were in the Army?

You bet they can be in the Army, and the Marines. Dogs do many jobs for the military, and have been doing them since World War II.

 Wow, what kind of jobs did they do?


Well, many of the dogs worked as Sentry Dogs, which means they stood guard and gave the soldiers warnings by  growling or barking if they detected something that wasn’t right. These dogs were especially helpful at night, and helped keep the soldier safe from sneak attacks.


There were also Scout and Patrol Dogs. These dogs worked with soldiers when out on patrol, and were trained to keep very quiet and alert the soldiers to danger with motions instead of barks.

Then there were dogs trained to sniff out explosives, like the dogs you see today at airports, and walking with the police. These dogs sniff out bombs, and mines, and other bad things meant to hurt us.

Sounds like they are saving lives before any one is in danger.

That is a great way to put it. They are rescuing us early, before the bad thing happens.

They can also help the soldiers after all the bad things have happened. Just being there, with then, all the time, is comforting. Then coming back home, after being gone for so long, is not easy. These same service dogs help the soldier and marine to transition back to our civilian world, and in some cases, recovering from wounds suffered overseas in battle.












Post by: Ned Campbell, a teacher and coach in Brooklyn, NY