Nets Host Basketball Clinic to Help Kids Improve Fitness
The fun filled event featured Nets player Bobby Simmons, the Nets Dancers, the Nets mascot "Sly," and more than 100 students (kindergarten through eighth grade), representing six middle and elementary schools in Brooklyn.
Partnering with Lutheran Family Health Centers and Health Plus, the Nets basketball clinic helped kids Shoot for Better Health and score a perfect 5-2-1-0 every day. The event helped children to become more interested in their fitness and the importance of healthy eating habits. During the clinic, students participated in drills and exercises alongside Nets staff, the dancers and Sly. After the drills and discussions about eating healthy, Nets player Bobby Simmons held a question and answer session and signed autographs for everyone.
"I think this program is great," said Celeste Dimarzio, who attended the basketball clinic with her two sons Codi (age 7) and Ashton (age 5). "It reinforces the importance of good health and exercise. Most importantly, they are having a great time doing it."
As a major contributor to the program's success, the future Brooklyn Nets will also host an awards night in March where participating students will be publicly honored during a live NBA game. "The Nets are very pleased to be partners with Lutheran and to provide an incentive for these children to excel in such a crucial area of their lives," said Brett Yormark, president and CEO, Nets Sports and Entertainment. "We appreciate being part of this important goal to improve fitness and dietary habits of local school kids and we look forward to hosting the children at a game in March."
The 5-2-1-0 plan for good health, launched earlier in the school year by Lutheran's school health program, means eating five servings of fruits and vegetables, limiting TV and computer time to only two hours a day, getting at least one hour of exercise a day, and drinking zero soda or sugar sweetened drinks. For the past eight weeks, the students who participated in the clinic kept daily diaries tracking their nutrition and exercise habits. Lutheran's school health program then used these diaries to help assess the health habits of the students and help them and their families "Shoot for Better Health."