• Five-year-old Joshua Hill practices dribbling during SKIESUnlimited Wee Soccer on Fort Sam Houston.

    SKIES Soccer 2

    Five-year-old Joshua Hill practices dribbling during SKIESUnlimited Wee Soccer on Fort Sam Houston.

  • Six-year-old Hannah Webster-Rios fires at the goal in SKIESUnlimited Wee Soccer.

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    Six-year-old Hannah Webster-Rios fires at the goal in SKIESUnlimited Wee Soccer.

  • Five-year-old Kate Vondruska executes newly-learned positions in her SKIESUnlimited ballet class.

    SKIES Ballet

    Five-year-old Kate Vondruska executes newly-learned positions in her SKIESUnlimited ballet class.

  • Daishua Johnson and her driver’s education instructor, Ernesto Gutierrez, head out on one of the many adventures offered through the SKIESUnlimited programs on Fort Sam Houston.

    SKIES Drivers Ed

    Daishua Johnson and her driver’s education instructor, Ernesto Gutierrez, head out on one of the many adventures offered through the SKIESUnlimited programs on Fort Sam Houston.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Children on Fort Sam Houston are learning challenging sports, finding hidden talents and even discovering newfound independence in the SKIESUnlimited program.

Simply known as SKIES, it stands for “Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” and for the kids who are enrolled, it is synonymous with fun.

Just ask 5-year-old Kate Vondruska, a budding ballerina, who participates in the SKIES ballet/jazz class.

“I like it because we get to spin a lot,” she said.

Vondruska can look forward to taking a spin around the block when she gets a little older through the SKIES driver’s education program, like 15-year-old Daishua Johnson.

Johnson can’t stop smiling as she practices driving and even parallel parking. Her instructor, Ernesto Gutierrez, has been in the passenger’s seat with SKIES for five years, mixing a dose of humor with serious instructions on driving.

“People don’t really know what I go through,” he says with a chuckle, as Johnson accidentally puts the car in neutral instead of putting on the blinker.

On the soccer field, a pack of SKIES Wee soccer players attacks the ball in, what is for most of them, their first foray into the sport. Their coach engages them with fun take-away games and drills that strengthen their motor skills.

“SKIES is so popular because it brings children together to have a great time and gives them confidence to take on new challenges,” said Melanie Gallegos, SKIESUnlimited instructional program specialist. “SKIES instructors and coaches teach new skills while helping to build up the children’s self-esteem.”

Through SKIES, children and youth in Child Development Services, School Age Services, Middle School, and Teen Programs as well as home-schooled children, have access to these opportunities that expand their knowledge, inspire them, allow them to explore, and acquire new skills.

The four schools are: Academic Skills, Mentoring and Intervention; Arts, Recreation and Leisure; Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership; and School of Sports, Fitness and Health.

SKIES offers soccer, driver’s education, ballet, jazz, hip hop, creative dance, tumbling, photography, Tae Kwon Do, guitar and arts and crafts.

To register for SKIES, call (210) 221-4871 and discover a world of unlimited opportunities.

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