The Sharks Foundation partners with Kaiser Permanente for the Stick to Fitness powered by Kaiser Permanente Street Hockey Program. Stick to Fitness is a fun and active program dedicated to educating sixth grade students on the importance of healthy living, while encouraging them to be active during physical education classes and at home. This year the program will teach lessons in health and fitness to more than 2,000 underserved youth and provide 10 local schools with street hockey equipment at no cost.
Stick to Fitness kicks-off with a visit at each of the 10 participating schools, from either Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon or alumni Jamie Baker and an official Kaiser Permanente team doctor. After the kick-off assembly, each school begins a street hockey and nutrition curriculum with the equipment and materials that were donated by Kaiser Permanente and the Sharks. Upon completion of the program each child receives two passes each to go ice skating at Solar4America Ice for free.
Since its inception in 2014-15, Stick to Fitness has impacted more than 6,800 students' lives at 40 different middle schools in the Bay Area.
For previous, current or prospective teachers, please visit the links below for all Stick to Fitness weekly video lessons and the Stick to Fitness Nutrition Curriculum and Physical Education Activity Booklet:
WEEKLY VIDEO LESSON WITH SHARKS STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR MIKE POTENZA AND DEFENSEMAN BRENDEN DILLON:
Week 1: Lunge/Squat Exercises & Stickhandling
Week 2: Lower Body Stretching & Wrist Shot
Week 3: Medicine Ball Throws & Basic Hockey Pass
Week 4: Agility Exercise & Hockey Footwork
Week 5: Squats & Slapshot