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KC Wolfe meets GUS the Gorilla at PSU

Michelle Grimes,   Pittsburg Community Mid Schools
NFL FLAG-In-Schools — Get in the Game!
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Here at Pittsburg State University, our P.E. majors are fueling up for the biggest kick off party ever in southeast KS. We will host over 250 Pittsburg Middle School students at the campus and play #chiefsflag football for 60 minutes. Our university mascot, GUS the Gorilla will dance, run, jump, play flag football with KC Wolfe from the Chiefs! The college students will serve as the referee’s and coaches of 20 different flag football teams of middle schoolers! Engaging the entire community in this event, not only entices the students to exercise, but also our adults and the campus of PSU. We have made a Fuel Up to Play 60 class video to promote our kick off. The success of this story….is bringing everyone together for one great cause of healthy living!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

It has been a wonderful experience watching the college students serve as coaches, referee’s and mentors for the youth in our community while playing Chiefs Flag Football. The younger kids are achieving their 60 minutes of physical activity without even foreseeing it as grueling exercise because they are having so much fun. The joy and excitement has been contagious for the college age kids as well, enticing them to get moving and set a good example for the younger generation.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goal of bringing Fuel Up to Play 60 to Pittsburg, Kansas through team work. I was able to reach out to a few key individuals that provided guidance and direction to get the ball rolling. Robyn Stewe with Midwest Dairy has been extremely helpful, the KAHPERD organization, and Andrew Smitka with the KC Chiefs. When all stake holders have the same vision in mind, the goal becomes reality fairly quick!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The improvements I have seen at our school include an attitude of excitement, energy and a desire to be a part of a team. The college students have been more willing to help the youth with this program more so than any other program we have instituted. It is fun, inviting and has created a curiosity all over campus for what our P.E. majors are doing!