Oct. 24, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern Wildcats have teamed up with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote physical education among elementary school students through the Athlete Ambassador and 30+20+10 pilot program. The program is designed as part of the District's Healthy CPS agenda to improve the health and wellness of Chicago's students.
"Physical education leads to many benefits for our children," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a statement. "Beyond improved health for Chicago's next generation, research shows a direct correlation between physical activity and brain function. Healthier students are better learners," added Byrd-Bennett. "The 30+20+10 pilot program supports our goal to help students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence for both academic success and lifelong health, and our partnership with World Sport Chicago will boost that participation in this great initiative."
Willie the Wildcat helped kick off the program last week with mascots, Olympians and even Hockey Hall of Famer and Chicago Blackhawks Athlete Ambassador Denis Savard. A pair of Northwestern student-athletes have also signed on to serve as Athlete Ambassadors for the program whereby they will work with CPS students at a specific school throughout the year. Football's Davion Fleming will work with youngsters at Prieto Math-Science Academy and men's basketball's Drew Crawford will frequent Hitch Elementary School.
"We are excited to be involved with World Sport Chicago and Chicago Public Schools to help take an even more proactive approach to the community outreach our student-athletes participate in. This partnership provides another tremendous opportunity for Northwestern student-athletes to promote the values of health and wellness to an audience that is extremely eager to learn," said Maureen Palchak
, Northwestern Assistant Athletic Director for Community Relations.
"Davion and Drew are both excited to spend time with young students on a regular basis and deliver important messages about things like the importance of exercise and living healthy lifestyles," said Palchak.
Fleming made his first scheduled visit to Prieto this week on Wednesday afternoon. During his visit, the defensive back addressed the students, talking about goal setting and even running a few football drills with the excited youngsters. Crawford will drop by Hitch for his first meeting soon.
"It is outstanding that the collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes in Chicago are committed to supporting the physical and emotional development of the youth of Chicago," said World Sport Chicago Executive Director Scott Myers. "Their consistent presence helps these athletes serve as positive and inspiring role models who leave a lasting impact on the students as they prepare for the future."
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