dave-photoWelcome to my new website! Please join me this winter for all the sports fun and fitness your family can handle!! I guarantee my new programs will instill confidence and build self-esteem in your child. CDG Sports programs were specifically designed with your child in mind. I take an approach from a kid's point of view - their goals, desires, needs and how we can best meet them. My business motto is "Sports for All, All for Fun". Together let's help our kids stay active, healthy and strong, now and for the future.
Coach Dave Gray, CDG Sports


Winterfest 2016

hockeyJoin CDG Sports Events, Franklin Park Borough, and Coach Dave Gray as we host the fun side of winter in our annual Winterfest 2016!  Winterfest 2016 will be a blast whether or not we have snow!  From Sled Riding to Flag Football , there is something for every kid to enjoy!  Be sure to bring your own sled (if there is snow!)

Monday, February 15, 10:00am – 2:00pm
6-12 years old

sleddingBlueberry Hill Park Activity Center
$40 resident/$45 non-resident

Outdoor Activities (weather permitting!!)

Sled Riding (provided we have snow!)
 Snowman Building Competition (again, provided that we have snow!)
 Winter Olympics
, Flag Football
, Snowball Launches (and, yes…provided that we have snow!)
Indoor Activities

Mini Basketball
Soft Dodgeball
Pre-registration is REQUIRED, space is limited

May the Sports Be With You! CDG Sports t-shirt


New CDG Sports shirts available while supplies last.
$10 per shirt, free shipping

Please indicate size when ordering. Available sizes are Youth Medium, Youth Large, and Adult Small.

The first 10 shirts ordered will be autographed by Coach Dave!  Please email cdgsportsevents@gmail.com for discounts of orders of more than 5 shirts.


CDG’s Run4Fun program is making the news!

If you would like CDG Sports to run a program like Run4Fun at your school, please contact us at cdgsportsevents@gmail.com.

Runners Share Training Expertise

HS Runners Pine-Richland High School junior and senior cross-country runners dashed over to Wexford Elementary School to talk to students on October 5, 2015 about training, as the elementary students prepare for a 5-K fundraiser.
The student athletes stressed the importance of training leading up to a big run, such as the Wexford Ram Run 5-K and 1 Mile Family Run/Walk  called “RUN4FUN,” which takes place at North Park on October 17, 2015.

High School Runners

The high school boys also shared other background knowledge they have of running with the kids and then ran with them during a sampling of workouts they typically complete during high school cross-country training.
Coach Charles Connolly said the high school juniors and seniors who participated included team captains Rusty Batykefer and Greg Schleicher, along with runners Joey Kelly, Evan Juncal, Joey Mullen, Kiel Hillock and Camden Sarver.
For more information on the Wexford Ram Run, visit http://www.wexfordramrun.org/. There is still time to register.

CoachBit #3 – “If I Knew Then, What I Know Now”

photo 2In the course of coaching youth sports and training youth athletes for over 18 years, I’ve learned many lessons and discovered so much about myself and about the kids I work with. A lot has changed from when I began coaching in the 90s when I was twenty something to now in my forties. But over the course of all those years, all those teams, and all those faces, one thing didn’t change…a child’s wholehearted expectation that he or she should and would experience fun, camaraderie, and positive competition by joining and participating in organized sports.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been reflecting on my own coaching career lately the mistakes I’ve made, the successes I’ve had, the moments that made me cry (literally) and the moments that made me smile and say this is the reason I do this. I’d like to share some of my reflections with you in a list titled “I Wish I Knew…” Things that twenty something Coach Dave didn’t recognize, but forty something Coach Dave acknowledges now.


Important CDG Sports Birthday Party Announcement

coach-cody2CDG Sports has been growing in the Pittsburgh area in the past few years. We now run multiple After School Programs, run several school field days and picnics, and run camps at Sports and Courts, Blueberry Hill Park, North Park, and several different parks in the Cranberry Township area. This summer alone, CDG Sports ran camps at all of the listed locations plus worked in conjunction with Early Years Child Care, Ingomar Swim Club, and Zang Taekwondo.

It is an exciting time for our community, and in order for us to continue our growth and touch as many lives as we can, Coach Cody will be running the CDG Sports Birthday Parties at Sports and Courts! Coach Cody has been with Coach Dave for over three years and has been running CDG Sports’ birthday parties for the past two years. Currently, Coach Cody is the Lead Coach at CDG Sports and runs programs at Sports & Courts, North Park, and Cranberry Township as well as doing 5-10 birthday parties in a month!

Please note that all birthday parties starting November 1 and on will be scheduled with Coach Cody. He is excited to continue the tradition of unforgettable sports fun and parties! As Coach Cody says, “We’re in the business of making memories!”

In order to reach more kids and bring his fun and games to a greater population, Coach Dave will continue to run, develop, and expand CDG Sports programs, camps, after school programs, field days and special events. If you would like Coach Dave and CDG Sports to run your school, company, or large event, please contact cdgsportsevents@gmail.com.

We at CDG Sports are excited about all the growth that we have experienced since Coach Dave’s first camp at Blueberry Hill Park in 2004 that was attended by 20 campers. CDG Sports Ultimate Sports Camp has grown to 4 week-long summer camps with nearly 300 campers per camp! Please remember that our commitment to “Sports for All, All for Fun” will never change and we will continue to provide you and your children with memories and positive experiences that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Hope to see you soon!
Coach Dave Gray & CDG Sports Staff

Welcome to the CDG Coaches Spotlight


Coach Cody

coach-codyI’m Coach Cody, and Coach Dave’s right hand man for over three years now, and have loved it every step of the way! From the sunny days at summer camp to the icy cold training days of Ready, Set, Run, I’ve been there through it all. My experience has been nothing short of spectacular. After graduating from Penn State University and beginning to work at CDG Sports, I have had the opportunity to work with many amazing children of the community. I bring all the enthusiasm, encouragement, and experience to programs I teach, whether it’s a fun and games Kindergarten class, or one of my athletic development classes. I believe in finding and fostering a passion in a sport that will keep you active is crucial to a lifetime of wellness. I look forward in continuing to work with the children of the Pittsburgh area.
Keep an eye out for a biking program to come to the area, Coach Cody is an avid mountain biker and can’t wait to introduce your children to the ins and outs of the wonderful world of cycling.

CDG KinderSports: Co-Ed Kindergarten Sports Program

10251921_363033360520999_393362868249140106_nCDG Sports is pleased to provide KinderSports, a multi-faceted kindergarten enrichment sports program. Based on the philosophy that children learn through play and experience, KinderSports is designed to spark children’s interest in a variety of sports and activities while they grow in confidence and self-esteem.

KinderSports activities will vary each class to help children develop new perspectives. A wide selection of sports activities, equipment and experiences promote many new skills and interests.

Click Here to Learn More!


The Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Performance

By Toby Brooks, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, YFS-3
Director of Research & Education, IYCA

In today’s tight-budget, high stakes, teach-to-the-test world of secondary education, states and districts have largely forced traditional physical education to the wayside. The reasons seem logical: the cash-strapped district can save money on PE teacher salaries and equipment while simultaneously injecting time that had been allotted to PE activities back into the teaching curriculum, subsequently saving money and improving standardized test scores in one move. However, what research has consistently and continues to show us is that it simply isn’t quite so easy.