KickSmart Coach Jon Lawrence has dedicated the last decade to youth-work with an emphasis on fitness and mental growth in Richmond, and Oakland CA. He accomplished this in a variety of capacities — as a P.E./Playworks coach, as director of an elementary after-school program, and, most recently, as the founder of KickSmart.
Over the years, he’s encountered countless students dealing with hyperactivity, anxiety, or anger, which of course results in disciplinary action. These students, labeled as “disruptive,” often received repetitive consequences over the course of the school year, most of which had little to no effect on the student’s actual behavior. Without a safe, independent, physical and mental outlet, these students’ behavior in class or on the playground led to punishment and/or isolation. The actions taken by school staff would prove to have minimal success in causing the child to both understand and change his or her behavior.