W&L Athletes help foster love of sport
With volunteer support from Washington & Lee and funding from Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Rockbridge Area Community Services (RACS) is bringing RunJumpThrow, a program created by USA Track & Field and Hershey, to Rockbridge County through its Live Healthy Rockbridge Kids coalition. Register here for the event to be held on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at W&L’s Wilson Field.
RunJumpThrow is an experiential program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping, and throwing skills. Participants start with a dynamic warmup and then rotate through a series of learning stations featuring activities such as running form and technique, standing broad jump, softball throw, and one-legged hop. The event will culminate with a competition.
Registration is open to third, fourth, and fifth graders from Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge, and Bath Counties. Participants will include third, fourth, and fifth graders from Central and Natural Bridge Elementary Schools who have been practicing their skills this winter in an afterschool track club. The March 3 event is being hosted by the W&L women’s track team, who will lead the kids through the activity stations.
The RunJumpThrow program was selected by a task force of coalition members and local teachers with the goal of instilling children with a love of track and field that will not only promote physical activity in the present but will also inspire them to continue in middle school and beyond.
Families, friends, members of the media, and the general public are welcome to attend as observers.