SASF Holds First “Elect to Be Fit” Event

ELECT TO BE FITThe Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation held the first of what are intended to be several “Elect to Be Fit” events today at Peace Academy in Brooklyn.

“Events like today’s will help teach our students a balanced approach to healthy living,” said SASF CEO Jim O’Neill. “We are giving our children the tools to improve their own nutrition and exercise habits by helping expose them to a variety of activities.”

Approximately 75 students from around Brooklyn participated. Participating schools included:

  • PS 144
  • Peace Academy
  • PS 134
  • And PS 125

SASF staff arranged several activities for students, including soccer, yoga, cooking and nutrition classes, flag football and cardio dance class. Students rotated through each station as a preview of activities that SASF currently offers or plans to offer to students in its over 100 programs.

“We will be using the feedback we get from the participants and staff to refine the experience, and with the continued generous support of Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Chong and Chancellor Fariña, we hope to expand this event into more schools before the end of the school year,” said O’Neill.

SASF is the largest CBO provider of school-based extended learning programs in NYC.  In the current school year, SASF is working in 15 high schools as well as more than 40 middle schools.  Research shows that our programs improve students’ academic performance, increase high school completion rates and college admission results, and strengthen students’ resilience, self-esteem, and self-discipline.

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