Warriors’ activity day to educate children about obesity

Central High School student-athletes Daniel Moore, Thaddeus Wilcox, Jessica Vigil and Zach Gearhart are taking action against childhood obesity.

The student-athletes are hosting an activity day for children in kindergarten through fourth grade at 11 this morning at Central High School’s main gym. The event is part of a student senate project.

“Thaddeus and I got together and thought of something that’s been a growing problem throughout the nation and we thought of obesity,” Moore said. “Since 1988, 6- to 11-year-olds have been growing from 6 percent to about 19 percent in obesity levels. We thought we’ve got to do something about that. We want to get them more involved in sports.”

The Central students hope to have up to 60 children participate in activities including dodgeball, dodgeball hunter, line tag and name games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children will need to bring their own lunches, Moore said.

Dodgeball hunter is a game where five people, each with a dodgeball, try to get from one end of the gym to the other end while avoiding the rest of the group hitting them with the ball. Each of the five players on the hunted team will have a ball.

Moore and Wilcox typed a letter addressed to parents and distributed the letters to four elementary schools (Chipeta, Clifton, Thunder Mountain and Nisley) in the Fruitvale and Clifton areas with permission from the elementary school principals.

“We’re both involved in sports,” Wilcox said. “Sports is a big part of my life. It teaches us values, morals, how to work hard and be dedicated. We thought we could get kids involved in sports early.”

Both started playing sports in kindergarten and were on the varsity football team this fall.

“They asked me and student senate helps if needed,” Vigil said. “It’s good kids learn how to get involved and be involved with other kids for their social lives.”

The student-athletes hope to have another activity day next semester and want to get more Central High School students and children involved then.

The three said a majority of the friends they met were through sports.

“We want (the children) happy playing sports,” Moore said. “When you see us playing sports, that’s the best thing, having fun while we’re doing it.

“If we can get them involved, having fun, being happy, they won’t think about being obese. They’ll think about playing more sports.”


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