Paul Pierce Got The Problem Right But Missed the Solution

November 28th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Paul Pierce noted that kids need to exercise more and adults need to encourage them.   

However, he overlooked the clear impediment to that goal and missed the obvious solution to it. 

The problem:  By definition most school gymnasiums are closed during the times that kids have available for exercise. 


The solution:  Opening them for evenings and weekends would dramatically enhance recreational opportunities.


The extra supervisory resources needed to finance extended hours could be more than offset by selling adults “memberships” in these gyms.    These memberships would be inexpensive because the facilities are already in place, but attractive to many potential users because they would be open only during the hours that adults would be most likely to want to use them anyway.  Perhaps health clubs might be convinced to pay school districts for the right to staff these facilities and collect the fees, and use some of the profits to upgrade the equipment, benefiting everyone.

 I would be happy to take credit for this idea, but it was originally posted to this site by Joe Malone, former Mass. Treasurer, in 2009. 

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