Eat Smart, Play Hard Hits Maple Grove

July 9, 2013

On Thursday, June 20th, Golden Gopher student-athletes boarded the MAGIC bus and traveled just outside of the cities to Weaver Lake Elementary School in Maple Grove. Here they had to opportunity to present one of the programs created by the Student-Athlete Affairs department, “Eat Smart. Play Hard.”, in a fun and interactive manner to the Kidstop summer school students. This programs mission is to educate and encourage the youth in the community to live a healthy lifestyle and keep physically active. Among these student-athletes were representatives from football, rowing, baseball, swimming & diving, and the track & field teams.

The first two groups of students the student-athletes presented to were lively and curious kindergarteners and first graders. Following them were seasoned peers, the fourth through sixth grade students. All three groups of students were very excited to participate and share their wealth of knowledge on healthy foods and sports. Luke McAvoy of the football team stated, “Speaking to a large group of kids about the importance of making smart choices was amazing.  We were able to show these kids the right path to proper nutrition and exercise habits.” The students also learned how to make quick and delicious healthy snacks by watching entertaining tutorial videos, starring Josh Hall and Lucy Ennis, both former University of Minnesota student-athletes who recently revamped the program. Lastly, everyone was encouraged to get up and show off their moves as they danced along with the gophers own choreographed routine.

Following their final presentation of the day, the student-athletes had the wonderful opportunity to hear about the impressive community service project the fourth through sixth graders are passionate about accomplishing this summer. These generous students are shooting for a goal of collecting 1,000 sporting goods as well as raising money to ship them to the Sports Gift Organization, located in California. They will then be distributed to kids all over the world. The dedication and drive of these students was very inspiring. The student-athletes will be assisting these students in accomplishing their goal this summer and are looking forward to working with them at their next fundraiser, the Kidstop car wash at Weaver Lake Elementary on Tuesday, July 9th.

Written by Morgan Sickels