Making Moves at Comer Elementary

December 12th, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments




“My favorite sport today was basketball,” said one student. “Mine was running the hurdles!” said another. “I liked everything,” said one more. These are a few responses from students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes when they were asked what their favorite sport was at the Making Moves sporting event recently held at Comer Elementary School in Madison County. Twelve athletes from the University of Georgia volunteered part of their day to work with the kids and encourage them to have fun while trying different sports. The goal of the program was to get kids to have fun and improve their fitness by playing sports.

The students were split into groups and rotated through five sport stations – basketball, soccer, football, track and field (including relay running and hurdles). Each station of which was led by two UGA athletes who explained what sport they do and why their sport is fun. Then they taught the students some of the skills for their sport and led them through a few drills. Everyone had a lot of fun and there was a lot of cheering as students encouraged their classmates to do their best.

Jamie Collinsworth, PE teacher at Comer Elementary, said, “I loved seeing the excitement of the students participating. It was great seeing the athletes help stir up that excitement.” The goal of the Making Moves program was to make a positive impact on these children’s lives. Based on their reactions and smiles, the program really succeeded. Now these kids have the opportunity to use the skills they learned and will hopefully try more sports, whether it is in their yard with family and friends or on an organized team. Either way, it will be exciting to see them enjoy the fun and fitness that come from sports!

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