AZ Cardinals Team Up with Carminati Kids for a Morning of Exercise and Fun!
Carminati fourth- through fifth-graders could hardly contain their excitement as teachers led them to their school field on a recent Tuesday morning. The school field had been transformed into an interactive play area comprised of stations designed for the teaching of non-contact football skills as part of the Gatorade Junior Training Camp program.
Held monthly in the winter, spring, and fall, each camp consists of a short motivational speech by a current or former Cardinal player and a full hour of exercise and learning skills such as catching and throwing, all at no cost to the school!
Carminati Physical Education Teacher Tim Roberts believes that camps like these build teamwork, endurance, and other important life skills for his students. Not to mention, the inclusion of a professional football player inspires and motivates them to try their best!
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our students to get a chance to be up close and personal with our local sport heroes,” said Roberts. “It’s something that I’m sure a lot of our students will remember from being a student at Carminati Elementary as they grow up.”
Cardinals Wide Receiver Carlton Agudosi along with mascot “Big Red” joined in on the fun at Carminati by participating in the various stations designed to get kids active for that day. Students ran, jumped, and wove through the stations while being cheered on by the Cardinals, Carminati staff, and parent volunteers.
“It’s very important for us to work with our community and I definitely take pride in community service,” said Agudosi. “It’s a great way to stay grounded in the NFL and a good reminder of what we’re all really doing it for.”
Fifth-Grade Student Jamiyan Pippens was working up a sweat from the day’s fun activities. He aspires to be a professional football player when he grows up.
“My favorite part of the day was playing ball with Big Red,” said Pippens. “He is really fun!”
At the end of the camp, students were surprised to find that Agudosi had autographed nearly 100 lunch boxes for them to take home. Students lined up one after the other, eager to thank Agudosi for the morning of fun that they had.
Thank you to the Arizona Cardinals, Carminati staff, and parent volunteers for helping to make this event a fun and engaging day for our students! If you would like to find out more about the Gatorade Junior Training Camp program, please visit http://www.azcardinals.com/community/programs/junior-training-camp.html.