Watch a child at play in our gym sometime and you’ll quickly learn how much fun a simple thing like jumping can be. The child will run at full speed and then leap into the air, hovering for an almost endless moment… only to land safely, tumbling onto the soft mat. The smiles and peals of laughter tell you how much fun making that leap is. In a similar fashion, I made such a leap years ago and never looked back.
I was a born-and-raised New Yorker and after college I moved back to the city, working for 19 years as a recruiter, and for 12 of those years in Manhattan. It was fast-paced and rewarding, and there were quite a few things that I loved about it… but at some point I began to feel like I needed something more, something different. It was time for a change, and I myself made that uncertain leap to Colorado.
Once here, I searched for something that would not only fit me but allow me to contribute something to the world. I wanted flexibility, I wanted to own my own business, and since I loved being a mom, working with kids was a huge plus. I considered going back to school in social work, but when I came across the opportunity to open Great Play Cherry Creek, all my friends and family agreed that it was right up my alley.
Great Play’s mission is for every child to develop a love of physical activity, leading to an active, healthy and confident life. Because I love activities such as hiking, cycling, playing tennis and skiing, I know how important physical activity can be for everyone. And while not everyone has the desire to become a professional athlete, every child does have the capacity to be physically successful if taught the essentials. What’s more, experiencing the rewarding feeling of physical activity early on carries through a child’s life, so they'll want to play and be physically active for life.
Flash forward to today: I have a seven year old son in second grade, a wonderful husband, a cat named Lulu and two fish that are named… um… well… the truth is, I take care of the fish and I love them, but they’re named after Broncos players, and I always forget which ones. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!)
More importantly, I love coming to work every day. (I’m not even sure I can call this work!) There is nothing like Great Play in the Denver area and I’m excited to have brought this unique kids gym to the area. Whenever I see the kids being active in the gym, whenever I see a child throwing well or catching a ball for the first time, whenever I see the smiles and hear the laughter, I think back to that leap I myself made.
That’s when I’m sure I made the right decision.
Laura L’Herault, Owner: Great Play of Cherry Creek
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**Thank you Mile High Mama's for publishing this article!