Stephen Curry & Kaiser Permanente Host NBA FIT Hoops & Health Clinic

January 17, 2014
Stephen Curry & Kaiser Permanente Host NBA FIT Hoops & Health Clinic

On Monday, January 13, Warriors guard Stephen Curry joined healthcare consortium Kaiser Permanente to host a Hoops & Health Clinic for 200 students from Brookfield Elementary School, encouraging them to stay physically active and eat healthy. The students began the clinic by breaking into basketball drills to learn how to shoot, dribble and pass alongside the Warriors fifth-year player.

“It’s fun to spend some time with these kids and help them work on their skills, and hopefully they walk away learning something from the Warriors and Kaiser Permanente.” said Curry.

As a member of the NBA/WNBA’s Fit Team 2014, Curry is serving as an ambassador for the league and acting as a positive role model for kids and parents by promoting valuable fitness information and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

“Stephen is a wonderful example for kids because he keeps himself in great shape, works hard on every play and takes care of himself off the court,” said Kaiser Permanente Dr. Nailah Thompson. “By being here today and interacting with these young people, he is showing them how to be successful not only in basketball, but in life.”

After running through basketball drills and practicing the fundamentals of the game, the students listened to Dr. Thompson discuss the importance of eating breakfast, drinking low-sugar beverages and making smart snack choices. Kaiser Permanente’s mascot, Nutribeast, showed the children that while a bottle of water doesn’t contain sugar, soda has 17 teaspoons of sugar in every bottle.

“I think if kids see what goes into their bodies and how it impacts how they are on the court or in the classroom, it will make them think about it differently,” said Curry.

After a Q&A with Curry and Warriors PA announcer, Matt Hurwitz, Curry and Dr. Thompson asked the students nutrition-related questions, with the winners receiving Warriors autographed gear.

“It’s such a thrill for these kids to shake hands with someone like Steph and take away something to remember today,” said Brookfield Elementary School teacher Ms. Martin.

This event is part of the NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, when all NBA teams join together to encourage fans to be active, eat healthy, and play together.

“I think this is a great way for kids to learn how to live a healthy life and to make the right choices, because your choices become your habits that then become you,” said Curry.

This event is also part of the Warriors and Kaiser Permanente’s Get Fit Time-Out program, which also seeks to educate students on the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits and exercise regimens throughout the school year.