JERSEY CITY – With the warm weather making summer seem around the corner, kids boxed, cartwheeled, shot hoops, dribbled soccer balls and more at Jersey City’s first Spring Sports Expo inside the cavernous armory building.

John Thomas held the hand of his 10-year-old daughter Jada as they walked by the stations where clinics were being given in the armory where voices echoed loudly as the children played.

“We just wanted to come down and see what recreation events were available in Jersey City,” said Thomas who lives in Greenville. “The kids don’t have a lot of things to do. I wish there were more options but this is great just to show there is something to do in Jersey City.”

Jada said she wants to sign up for basketball.

Recreation Department Director Kevin Williamson spent some time jumping double Dutch as music blasted at the expo that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The idea of the sports expo is simply to bring private entities and city agencies together with residents so residents can avail themselves of all the different activities in the city,” said Williamson of the event which also included clinics in lacrosse, tennis, volleyball  and football.

About 50 businesses paid $20 each for tables at the event where they sold products or handed out information. Williamson said the money will be donated to charity.

Jersey City Councilman Daniel Rivera also strolled through the playing children. He said “It’s great weather and this is what it is all about – a safe haven for kids and adults so they can enjoy themselves. Can’t ask for anything more.”

For more information, call the Recreation Department at (201) 547-5003 or email recreation@jcnj.ord.

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