February 8, 2010
The Charlotte Bobcats and the Stratford Richardson YMCA kicked off the Stay Active Program on january 13, 2010 with the help of Bobcats Forward Derrick Brown, Assistant Coach LaSalle Thompson, Rufus Lynx and the Lady Cats.
"Thereís a lot of bad food out there, so thereís no better way to stay in shape than to start young," said Brown. "I used to go to the YMCA all the time back at home, so itís kind of like home for me."
The Stay Active Program is a partnership between the Bobcats and the Stratford Richardson YMCA promoting fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for kids ages 7-13. The group will meet three times a week for four weeks for activities including basketball, dodgeball, kickball, water aerobics and yoga, as well as having guest speakers and lessons about eating healthy.
The program conclude with a visit from Stephen Jackson and D.J. Augustin on February 8, 2010 and an awards ceremony at a Bobcats game for those kids completing at least 10 of the 12 sessions.
"Itís a fitness program to teach kids the merits of being in shape, staying in shape, eating right and leading a fit, healthy lifestyle," said Thompson. "Giving back to the community is important because a lot of people in the community and a lot of the kids look up to you and you can set an example for them."
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