A ball and four boxes are all that are needed for Bowen Island Community Recreation’s latest championship. Well, those and some eager participants convinced that they have what it takes to be Bowen’s first four square champion (or who just want to have fun).
Last summer, new lines were painted in the Bowen Island Community School yard, funded through a BICS and Bowen Island Community Recreation partnership and from a Vancouver Coastal Health grant.
After these lines added various games and activities to the yard, there was a clear favourite. The four square court quickly drew the attention of students. During any given recess there’s at least one game running.
If you don’t know how to play four square it’s pretty simple: just try to keep the ball in play and make sure it doesn’t land in your square and bounce out (think inside the box).
While the students may not see it, anyone who watches them play can see the clear communication, sportsmanship and physical literacy skills built in every match.
Seeing the four square interest at BICS inspired Bowen Island Community Recreation to apply for the Participaction Community Better Challenge grant. The successful application earned us the opportunity to put together a Four Square Championship.
This championship is for anyone who wants to come out for a night of music, fun, prizes and to try their hand in the art of four square.
The championship is a free two hour event that’s happening on June 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the BICS gym. This is an all ages event so parents have the chance to prove their skill on the courts and earn some bragging rights.
The only requirement is pre-registration through BICR online, by phone or in person at our office by Wednesday, June 5.
We hope to see you there and to continue the four square mania!