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N’aithan Scott Inspires Kids in Phoenix

N’aithan Scott Inspires Kids in Phoenix

Students from Holiday Park Elementary School in Phoenix hosted N’aithan Scott last month – a 2016 Olympic Hopeful who specializes in the indoor 60 meter hurdles and outdoor 110 meter hurdles. After leading the students in a few track and field exercises, he spent time answering questions from the kids and sharing the importance of exercise and proper nutrition. Here’s what N’aithan said about his Let’s Move Active Schools visit.

Why do you volunteer?

“I love to give back to the kids who look for inspiration. I was once a kid who needed a role model, and now that I have an opportunity to be one I do all that I can.”

What made you choose this charity?

“Active Schools is a great cause. I believe that an active lifestyle is good for everyone. Kids definitely need to enjoy having an active lifestyle so they can continue to be active as they grow older. This cause helps kids understand the importance of being active and I enjoy being a part of that.”

What was the best part of your visit?

“I enjoyed the warm welcome from the kids and the staff, but I have to say my favorite part of the day was during our game of tag. I absolutely love watching the kids have a good time playing and being active. It makes me feel like a kid again.”

Mountain Climbing with Amanda Hahn

Parras Middle School and pro-triathlete Amanda Hahn successfully completed the #5forPE Challenge in Redondo Beach this week. The kids also took part in running drills and challenged each other to mountain climbers. We are so grateful to work with athletes like Amanda who share the same enthusiasm for their community and for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Are you an athlete and interested in giving back through exercise? Email us and we will help set you up with a local participating school.

Nicole Davis Gets Kids Active in Redondo Beach

Nicole Davis is an indoor volleyball player with multiple Olympic and championship medals. Davis was part of the USA national team that won the World Championship gold medal against China in 2014 and is a proud Athletes for Hope member athlete.

Last week through our Let’s Move Active Schools partnership, Nicole visited Alta Vista Elementary in Redondo Beach. This is what she had to say about why she volunteers and what she enjoyed most about her visit.

Why do you volunteer?

“I volunteer because it’s a great chance to make an impact in someone’s life. You never know what you say or do that might make an impression on someone and be a catalyst for them to pursue their best in a way that might have lasting value.”

Why is Active Schools your cause?

“What draws me to the Athletes for Active Schools cause in particular is just the state of health in our country in general, but in particular with the trend we are seeing with obesity and inactivity with this generation of kids. The science around the benefits of activity are deep, and it’s so important to instill the value of being active as part of a daily, healthy life style (both physical and mental health).”

What was the best part of your visit?

“My favorite part of the day are answering questions the kids have. They are so pure and inquisitive, it’s refreshing.”

Thank you for volunteering, Nicole! If you would like to take part in an Active School visit this year, please contact us. We will help you find a participating school.

Muna Lee Visits Crockett Elementary

Muna Lee is a seven-time NCAA champion, 12-time SEC champion, a 20-time All-American from LSU an Olympic gold medalist and an Athletes for Hope member athlete. Muna visited Crockett Elementary last week through our Let’s Move Active Schools partnership. This is what she had to say about why she volunteers and what she enjoyed most about her visit.

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because I love kids. I love to see kids involved and being expressive in every aspect of life. Kids have so many questions about life and they should have the chance to ask someone outside of the people they see everyday. I don’t mind being that person.

What draws you to this cause?

Volunteering comes very natural to me – in or out of sports. I love helping others because I have been on both sides of life. I remember growing up Buck O’Neal, Maurice Greene and Jackie Joyner Kersee always making sure they came up to me and expressing to me that if I keep working hard I can have that same success as them. Without them, I would’ve never believed I could go to the Olympics and travel the world.

What was your favorite part of the day?

My favorite part of the day was seeing the non-athletic kids really get into learning how to give and take a baton. Kids learn so fast. I bet they will never forget how to do it for the rest of their lives. Now when track comes on TV they will know what to look for. Being able to show them more about my sport made my day.

Congrats Nat Borchers and the Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Champs

You might know Nat Borchers from his signature red beard or his work on the soccer field, but did you know that this soccer star is a proud Athletes for Hope member athlete? Nat volunteered his time through Let’s Move Active Schools several times this year – even leading the kids from the St. Clare School in an epic rendition of “the whip” and “the nae nae” for the #5forPE Video Challenge. We are so proud of Nat and the Portland Timbers for their excellent work on the field this season. Congratulations from your friends at Athletes for Hope!