Associates Council join 50 students in Fitness Jamboree

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On March 28, Associates Council (AC) members volunteered at the Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem for the Sixth Annual Fitness Jamboree, a signature AC event where students (grades K-5) spend an entire Saturday participating in physical fitness activities. This year activities included soccer, dance, basketball, and martial arts.

Healthy and active living is an important component of Children’s Aid programming and is reinforced in Milbank’s Study Now, Play Later program.

Fifteen AC volunteers split up among four groups of students and rotated through stations dedicated to each of the fitness activities. Students were taught the discipline of martial arts and the proper fundamentals in soccer and basketball, then let loose to show off their moves by choreographing and dancing to some great music. The key themed throughout the Jamboree were for students to be open to trying new things, interacting in group settings, and learning healthy behaviors and good sportsmanship.

“The Fitness Jamboree is an important day for our students,” said Eddie Britt, the Saturday program director. “It teaches them how fun fitness and healthy living can be and it shows them how they can easily start to incorporate it in their lives, whether it’s through a formal program, here at Dunlevy Milbank, or on their own.” 

After the activities, students and volunteers also shared a nutritious lunch before ending the day with an exciting game of dodge ball! This was the second time this year that many AC members had visited Milbank—and they shared in the delight of seeing the impact of this program for the students.

Pete Capomacchio, a current AC member said, “This was my second volunteering event at Milbank since joining the AC last spring. It’s an invaluable experience not only to spend time with the children on a particular Saturday, but also watching them grow and learn because of the great program design and implementation from Children’s Aid and Milbank staff.”

On May 7, the Associates Council will continue supporting Children’s Aid literacy programs at their Fifth Annual Spring Event. The theme, “Once Upon a Time,” will bring together original stories written by some of our children and great people for a good cause. Donations from raffle and ticket sales will support Children's Aid literacy programs. Buy your tickets today: