St. George Episcopal School students participate in Pelicans Junior Training Camp

Pelicans players join St. George Episcopal School students for a Junior Training Camp

December 12, 2013

New Orleans Pelicans players helped host the Pelicans Junior Training Camp Program presented by Ochsner Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) on Thursday. Dec. 12. About 100 students from first through fourth grade at St. George Episcopal School Uptown gathered in the school’s gym to participate in the training camp.

Pelicans staff and players spent the afternoon running students through basketball activities, while emphasizing the importance of eating healthy, exercising and living tobacco free.

Before the rotations began, the Pelicans crew helped to introduce the four players that were going to be at the different stations: Al-Farouq Aminu, Lou Amundson, Josh Childress, and Jrue Holiday.

After the players were greeted with cheers and applause, each team member expressed how important living healthy is to them and how it has affected their lives.

“It’s easy to make exercise fun – like playing outside with your friends or going to different recreation centers,” said Amundson.

“I always loved eating my fruits and vegetables and lots of fish,” said Aminu. Rob Eichberger, St. George’s Headmaster, said that he was so excited to have the Pelicans interacting with the kids at the stations.

“It is so important because they are role models,” said Eichberger. “I really appreciate them taking the time to come out here and spend it with our kids.”

All of the students stood for some quick stretches and then dispersed to the various stations which included wing span and vertical jump measurements and hoop skill practice. In additional to learning about being healthy, students will learn about the importance of teamwork through engaging and fun drills as they complete a circuit during the junior training camp.

The Pelicans, Ochsner Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield and TFL are focused on helping students in the Gulf Coast live a healthy and active lifestyle in an effort to end childhood obesity and prevent Louisiana youth from starting to use tobacco products. With the support of their partners, the Pelicans will host two junior training camps each week for children between the ages of seven and 12. Each junior training camp will reach up to 150 students, giving them the opportunity to participate in basketball-related drills and games, learn about nutrition and enjoy the Pelicans’ game day experience at school.

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