After our River Trails Middle School Students participated in an assembly hosted by Staley the Chicago Bears Mascot, and rotated to 17 different health and wellness stations throughout the building, they sat down to listen to some speakers. We had 13 student athletes return to RTMS from Hersey High School. These athletes rotated to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes and spoke to all of the kids for about 10 minutes. They gave the middle school students tips on healthy eating, proper sleep, training and recovery techniques, finding a life balance and more. This was the first time we tried this model for our FUTP 60 Day and it was fantastic! The RTMS students and staff loved seeing and hearing from these accomplished young athletes. The high school students loved the opportunity to show their leadership skills and return to their old building to share some of their knowledge with younger teens. The event was a big hit and we will be sure to continue it in the future.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
The challenges that we faced were all logistical. We need to improve on how we organize the exhausted middle school students at the end of a very active day. We also need to get a microphone for each of the grade levels so that everyone can better hear the high school students and the middle school student questions.
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