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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:47 pm

Representatives from the California Milk Advisory Board, along with San Diego Chargers players players Nick Novak #9, Kendall Reyes #91, and Darrell Stuckey #25 were at Oneonta Elementary School in Imperial Beach last week, getting students excited about going outside and playing in order to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Working in collaboration with the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), representing more than 1500 dairy families, the Chargers presented the South Bay Union School District with a $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs in schools throughout the district.

“Studies show that active kids do better when it comes to academic performance, and when paired with better nutrition, it can lead to improved academic achievement,” said Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for the CMAB. “California’s dairy farmers are proud to support schools and communities to build stronger in-school nutrition and physical activity programs and we’re excited to be able to help the South Bay Union school district and its students.”

The ‘Hometown Grant’ program developed by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL provides the organizations with the opportunity to identify deserving schools in their area and provide them with a $10,000 grant to help meet their health and wellness goals. Each of the 32 NFL Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and local dairy representatives will provide grants throughout the country totaling a $320,000 investment in youth health and wellness.

“It’s a priority for the Chargers to support the youth of San Diego County,” said Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos. “Ensuring the students of South Bay Union School District learn how important it is to eat right, exercise and take of their bodies, will give them the tools they need to choose wisely. These students are the potential future leaders of San Diego and we want to see them thrive.”

“We are honored to be presented with this grant and the opportunity to further strengthen our district’s wellness and physical activity programming for our more than 8,400 students,” said Dr. Katie McNamara, Superintendent of South Bay Union School District.

The players also took questions from students, including if they have to study and do homework.

Stuckey answered “Our Playbook comes with words not just pictures so yes we have to study at home after practice.”

Novak after a long pause said, “I just have to kick the ball.”

If they didn’t play football what would they be doing?

Reyes said “Counselor and football coach.”

Stuckey told the students, “As a kid I thought I was the best baseball player in the world but then I woke up. So I would probably be an architect and write poetry”

Novak answered “Coaching and a doing physical therapy.”

The players interacted with the students as part of the event, putting them through a set of basic stretching exercises; toe touch, windmills, arm circles, shoulder crossovers followed by jumping jacks and push-ups. The students had a blast, which was evident by their screams of “Go Chargers” and huge smiles across their faces. Stuckey then threw out a challenge — “Let’s play Stuckey Says” then proceeded to give the kids physical actions such as “touch your nose” or “spin around” to do à la Simon Says which left everyone laughing as they played.

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  • ShinyElena posted at 9:50 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2014.

    ShinyElena Posts: 35

    I agree, active kids do better when it comes to academic performance, but not all kids active - there are introverts and extraverts and not active kids should be taught how to cope with various college assignments, like essay writing, too. It's easy to resort to a professional essay service writing and ask for help there, but students have to write papers so they can learn the art and craft of writing and learn about themselves as students and human beings. Schools, colleges and teachers must support kids to gain new knowledge every day