The Marquette community offers many extracurricular activities

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — After-school activities have been around since the dawn of time, but now they’re more important than ever.

The David and Thu Brulé YMCA in Marquette is doing its part by trying to involve young children more in multiple programs.

“I think physical activity is really important for them to stay engaged and also to feel grounded,” said Grace Brindle, athletic director of the Marquette YMCA. “Days can get long and dark and school can feel long. When a child is able to do anything active, it allows their body to reset and prepares them for things like tests and reading and things like that.

Something that after school activities can provide is a sense of comfort and can possibly cure student depression.

“We focus a lot on mental health on my sports teams,” said Marquette Cheerleading head coach Bridget Johnson. “These kids have a lot of pressure on them with school, home and their friends, and I want my sports teams to be a fun, happy place where they can be themselves.”

Marquette High School Varsity Cheerleading Senior and Team Captain Ava Larson explained why she loves being on a sports team.

“Being on a Sports or Cheer team is a great stress reliever,” she said. “At the end of the day, I have a place where my stress can just melt away, I can hang out with my friends, we can cheer, and we can just do stunts.”

With all the extracurricular events that already exist, the Marquette community is looking to add more for the year 2023.


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