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Xcel to Fitness


Imagine you are Running in and out of hoops, propelling over hurdles, and slaloming between and around poles; moving closer and closer to the finish line. That’s just a typical Monday afternoon for some Sun Valley Elementary Spartan boys.

Xcel to Fitness has come to the Valley! The program created by former UCPS Physical Education teacher Stephan Vaughn, promotes the fundamentals of fitness while embedding character through teamwork, goal setting, and leadership for boys in third, fourth, and fifth grades.

“It helps me lose weight and it’s fun,” commented Dallas Brooks, a 5th grader who participates in the Xcel to Fitness program.

The Xcel to Fitness Team meets two afternoons per week. Each session begins with a brief explanation of a specific physical skill and a character lesson then proceeds into a dynamic warm-up targeting the muscle groups being used in the session. Following the warm-up, specific skills training and practice takes place in a team format.

Over the course of six weeks the boys will develop their skills in the areas of speed, strength, agility, balance, and cardio. Character lessons will promote the ideas of setting goals for improvement, striving to be their best, and building a team atmosphere.

Teacher Assistant Penny Yelverton, and Robert Anthony 5th grade teacher are the volunteer coordinators and leaders of the Xcel to Fitness team. “One of the big things that Xcel to Fitness focuses on is chasing dreams. We all have dreams but to get there it’s going to take hard work,” says Mr. Anthony about the program.

The participant’s response to the program has been positive. “Overall they’ve seemed very excited and every time we get together they get better and better and more focused and excited for The Big Event,” says Mrs. Yelverton.

Jaden Jones, 5th grader in Mrs. Martin’s class says, “I get to hang out with my friends; it’s like extra recess.”

The Big Event will be the culmination of the six fun and active weeks of training. One giant obstacle course will be run by the Spartan boys as well as groups from other Union County schools; competing for themselves and their teammates.

Written by: Tracy Crooks, SVES Speech Pathologist
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 by Kevin Vickers

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