For many of us, our first group fitness experience was in a grade school P.E. class. Even though we hear a lot these days about schools cutting these important programs, the NFL Network is doing its part to keep physical education alive with programs like Keep Gym in School, a program designed to motivate middle schoolers to move their bodies! Individual students and schools are rewarded for exceptional dedication and improvement. This year, a Denver student earned this recognition.
Jorge Rojo, a Kepner Middle School eighth grader, was chosen from thousands of students all over the country as one of tje top performers in the Keep Gym in School Fitness Program. To reward his dedication to fitness, Jorge got to attend the NFL draft in New York City, meet with some players, and participate in a youth football clinic. He met NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders.
Only four students nationwide earned this honor.
Every year, a few schools are chosen to receive $25,000 to put toward new physical education equipment and programs. Kepner Middle School received this money in 2010. After just a few years, Keep Gym in School has already awarded $600,000 to middle schools nationwide.
The Keep Gym in School website displays their mission statement: "NFL Network believes that every student should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. We've created Keep Gym in School to increase access to in-school physical activity and to teach skills needed to establish and sustain healthy lifestyles."
Hopefully, with programs like this and students like Jorge Rojo who lead by example, we can battle back the childhood obesity epidemic.