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Ducks to Host 1,500 Fifth Graders for Physical Fitness Challenge

"Captain's Challenge" program promotes leadership and healthy lifestyle

by Anaheim Ducks /

The Ducks will host the Fit Finals on Monday, March 25 at Honda Center as part of their Captain's Challenge program. Over 1,500 fifth grade students will participate in the physical fitness activities in the parking lot in preparation for their upcoming State of California required physical fitness assessments. The fitness activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Captain's Challenge is an initiative of the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation and Education). The motivational program serves to encourage fifth grade student to form healthy living habits as well as prepare for the upcoming California Physical Fitness Test. In advance of Monday's Fit Finals, participating schools and students received a workbook containing a month-long program that emphasizes physical fitness, leadership traits, and nutrition.

The Captain's Challenge program and Fit Finals event this Monday are free to schools through the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. During Monday's Fit Finals, students will run one mile, complete a trunk lift, do push-ups, curl-ups, and test flexibility through a sit-and-reach assessment. During the months preceding the Captain's Challenge Fit Finals, students had an opportunity to become the class captain, donning a "C" to lead other students in fitness activities during recess or lunch. Anaheim Ducks staff volunteers and community partners such as Cal State Fullerton, Cal Baptist University, University of La Verne, University of California Irvine, Chapman University, Whittier College, Cal State Long Beach, Anaheim Ducks Die Hards, DejaBlue, and Melissa's Produce will be on hand Monday to record student scores and create an energetic atmosphere for the Fit Finals. Afterwards, a celebration expo featuring UCI Health, Republic Services, and The Rinks will be made available to participants starting at 12 p.m.

Ducks S.C.O.R.E. offers a two-pronged approach, in-class and physical education, to enrich the education of students. It includes a school supply donation for 18,000 students, an incentive-based reading program (Reading is the GOAL), a science & math program (First Flight Field Trip), and a street hockey program and tournament. S.C.O.R.E. is the primary program of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. The mission of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation is to facilitate and support programs that produce positive change for children and families throughout Southern California by providing educational opportunities, broadening access to the sport of hockey and addressing the health and wellness needs of our community.

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