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NEW YORK — During the pandemic, kids are spending more time inside and on screens.

But one couple’s love for the underdog has found a way to inspire kids of all ages and abilities to get outside and more importantly, believe in themselves.

Ben Kanovsky, who is just 8 years old, struggled with motivation, from school to sports. That is until his mom, Shari, found Elite Method.

“The excitement Ben has knowing his coach is coming is through the roof,” she said.

Elite Method is a one-on-one coaching program for children ages 4 through 16 who may not excel in group settings.

The founders, Michael and Rachel Dube, said they’ve always had a heart for the kids standing to the side so they created a program just for them.

“Kids come with all kinds of issues, they vary but most common is shyness, lack of athleticism or natural athleticism, impulse control, low frustration and tolerance,” Michael Dube said. “We discovered that one-on-one coaching is the most effective way to help these children.”

Mark Louie, a Cornell graduate, is one of the many trainers, mentors and psychologist who help Elite Method. He said the relationship is the magic.

“You’re developing a connection that does not go away.”

Marla Baum who is a child neuropsychologist said these types of connections are so important, especially now as kids have become more isolated.

That’s where Elite Method has been able to come in and help. Not only is it helping kids physically, but it’s also building their self-confidence.

And that is just one key step to building lifelong success.

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