Youth sports will be the only topic when “Downtown with Rich Kimball” presents a unique radio forum from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Kimball is a full-time teacher at Brewer High School and a former varsity coach and athletic director. He’ll be joined during the show by a range of guests providing perspective.
The Bangor radio show is heard on WZON-AM620, WKIT-HD3, and WZONThePulse.com.
“There’s a lot of media coverage of local sports but very little discussion about the consumers, the young people involved. We’ve put together a great panel of experts and I’m looking forward to hearing their thoughts,” Kimball said in a news release.
“When should children begin organized sports? How often should they play and practice? How do we train youth coaches? How do we make sports a rewarding experience for everyone on a team and not just the most talented athletes? How much is too much? Those are the kind of things we hope to learn from this and share with parents, volunteers, educators, administrators, and league officials,” he added.
Guests will include Bob Bigelow, a former NBA player who has presented more than 2,500 talks and clinics in the past two decades, who also is author of the book “Just Let The Kids Play.” ESPN’s Tom Farrey also will take part in the program. Farrey serves as executive director of the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, which recently launched Project Play.
The forum also will include Tim Baude from the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, who has been active in youth sports for more than two decades; and Duke Albanese, senior policy adviser for the Great Schools Project, former Maine commissioner of education and a former high school football coach.
Bob Cobb, a former dean of the University of Maine College of Education and a founder of Maine’s Sports Done Right program, and former Van Buren High School standout Parise Rossignol, now a member of the UMaine women’s basketball team, also will participate.
The phone lines will be open for comments and questions throughout the forum at 992-2400.