Play For Sport has helped over 5,000 children across north Texas get prepared to play organized sports!
Children enter organized sports at a very young age and need to be prepared for the differences of playing on
a team vs. free play. Most children won't know for certain if they will even enjoy a sport until halfway through
their first season. Why take a chance? Let them try all of the sports before committing to just one! With Play
For Sport, children get to learn skills to play baseball, basketball, soccer, football, tennis, hockey, and more!
Each week they work with a different sport, but every week they learn how to be a productive member of a
team. Sportsmanship and teamwork are an important part of each lesson plan. Enroll your child today and
find out why Play For Sport kids are the happiest kids on the field!!
Ruthi Elliott – President and Founder
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Boot Camp Circuit Leader and Performance Nutrition
Ruthi owned and operated a children’s fitness program for 4 years prior to working
on the development of Play For Sport. Her training and experience working with
preschool aged children helped shape the approach of teaching young children
in a non-competitive and encouraging environment. Play For Sport's curriculum is
highly structured to help children of this age feel safe and encouraged to do their
Ruthi is a former NPC figure competitor and brings a wealth of fitness and nutritional
knowledge to the program as well. She knows the vital importance of teaching
children at an early age to take care of their bodies and to understand how they work
to instill healthy habits to last a lifetime. Relating healthy habits to performance on the field is a natural
progression and a large part of Play For Sport’s preschool curriculum.
Copyright (c) 2006 - 2012, Play For Sport, Inc. All Rights Reserved
About Play For Sport
The Play For Sport Management Team
Martin Salinas – Vice President and
Director of Training & Program Development
University of Texas at Dallas - B.A. Business Management
ABA Professional Basketball Player
Martin joined Play For Sport in 2007 and quickly became our most sought
after coach. While coaching for Play For Sport, Martin attended UTD
where he was an active 4-year student athlete and 3 year basketball
Captain. When he graduated he finished his UTD basketball career
holding 17 basketball records including UTD’s All-Time leading scorer.
After graduation, Martin left to play professional basketball in Mexico. He
returned to DFW and to Play For Sport as our Program Director at the end
of the season in 2008. In addition to working with Play For Sport, Martin
founded Panther Pack Athletics which is now the fastest growing and
most sought after basketball program in North Texas. He was signed to
the ABA's North Dallas Vandals basketball team for the 2010-2011
Martin assists Ruthi in the management of all Play For Sport programs
and facilities. He continues to actively coach, leads the Panther Pack
Basketball program, and oversees the growth and development of all our
Panther Pack organized sport team programs. Martin diligently ensures
each coach is trained to coach our children in a way that is positive and
encouraging to make sure they develop a love of sports that lasts a
|Elton Stafford –
QuickStart Tennis Director and Coach
Owner-Play For Sport McKinney/Allen
Coach Elton is a Senior at the University of North Texas majoring in
mathematics. Elton began playing tennis with his father when he
was 12 and began tournament playing shortly thereafter at age 14.
He was a member of his high school tennis team, and although he
was an accomplished player, he realized his love for coaching while
coaching players his senior year of high school. He has coached
many USTA players from beginners to champs and super champs!
Elton continues to coach and mentor many young players includes
coaching players in the National Junior Tennis League, Midlothean
Tennis Association, and the Dallas Tennis Association.
Elton oversees the growth and development of our Quickstart
Tennis program offered at both our Coppell and Frisco locations
and actively coaches at several of our preschool locations. Since
starting the program with Play For Sport, Elton has developed
dozens of confident, happy tennis players with his contagious
|enthusiasm and unique ability to coach young children. His kids can't wait to come to class each week
and look forward to every tournament opportunity!
With his approaching graduation, Elton decided to permanently join the Play For Sport family and became
the owner of Play For Sport McKinney/Allen. We look forward to seeing all Elton is sure to accomplish in
the coming years!