Third Annual Fitness Jamboree Hosted by The Associates Council

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Late last month, the Associates Council (AC) of The Children’s Aid Society hosted its third annual Fitness Jamboree at the Milbank Center. Nearly 80 children in grades 2 through 7, who are part of the Saturday “Study Now, Play Later” program, joined 20 members of the AC for a series of fun fitness workshops.

Throughout the morning and afternoon, AC members joined groups of kids as they rotated through hands-on workshops led by community and AC volunteers.  They were on hand to encourage the children’s participation, model good sportsmanship and serve as cheerleaders as some of the children engaged in activities that they have never done before. 

A total of eight workshops were offered: four in the morning shift and four in the afternoon.  They included basketball, Zumba, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, fitness drills, step and aerobics.

“The Fitness Jamboree has become one of our most fun-filled and anticipated volunteer events of the year,” said Assistant Director of Volunteer Services Malia Poai, who organized the event. “We’re grateful that the Associates Council has taken ownership of this fun day and that they bring their A-game with them. It was clear that both the children and AC members alike had an invigorating and exciting day together.”

Members of the AC helped with event planning, securing items for goody bags (given to the kids after the event concluded), helping to arrange some of the facilitators for the workshops and donating fruit and water for the event’s lunch.  Other donations included t-shirts and healthy snacks. 

“We focus on enhancing the physical as well as the mental development and social interaction of our clients,” said Kelsey Stevens, Children’s Aid’s director of sports, recreation and fitness. “The excitement of the tumbling, the dance moves, the soccer, basketball drills, and martial arts really exemplified that physical activity is important for everyone and that it can be a lifelong pursuit!”