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Fueled by Football

By
Joshua Willett,   Woodfin Elementary
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Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Fueled by Football

As we implemented the FLAG football program, our girls built relationships with each other, and the adults involved learned to work as a team. In those teams, we worked on sportsmanship and on building each other up and not tearing each other down, as well as a spirit of good competition. They are also big about making sure everyone is staying active and eating right! It has been exciting to see these elements spill out of our after-school fitness program and into the classroom!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

As we implemented the FLAG football program, our girls built relationships with each other, and the adults involved learned to work as a team. In those teams, we worked on sportsmanship and on building each other up and not tearing each other down, as well as a spirit of good competition. They are also big about making sure everyone is staying active and eating right! It has been exciting to see these elements spill out of our after-school fitness program and into the classroom!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen our older students really step up this year into leadership roles! Volunteering to lead our groups in stretching before and after activities, as well as taking the extra incentive to be shining examples to the other students. Our first student to reach Ambassador status led the way making healthy posters and even creating a video showcasing what we do for an FUTP 60 contest! It’s great to be able to count on student leaders within our school!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

As we have moved on from FLAG football in our afterschool fitness groups, we have shared the kit with classroom teachers for recess & the PE coach for gym time so that they may also continue with the teambuilding and share in the success that we have felt in our fitness programs. We have also planned to use and grow the program in the years to come. What a great way to encourage others and build up character & teamwork!