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Students walk the walk with KU athletes

New York School pupils learning value of exercise

Students from New York School were paired Monday with athletes from Kansas University for LPS On the Move, a program to promote the importance of physical activity. Fourth-grader Kai Blosser, 10, center, was among the students joining KU men's basketball players Conner Teahan, left, and Cole Aldrich for a short stroll from the school at 936 N.Y. to Massachusetts Street.

Students from New York School were paired Monday with athletes from Kansas University for LPS On the Move, a program to promote the importance of physical activity. Fourth-grader Kai Blosser, 10, center, was among the students joining KU men's basketball players Conner Teahan, left, and Cole Aldrich for a short stroll from the school at 936 N.Y. to Massachusetts Street.

April 29, 2008

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Local students walk with KU athletes in wellness event

Lawrence public schools are on the move this week as part of a first-ever district-wide wellness event. Some elementary students go for a walk in downtown Lawrence today and get their exercise with KU athletes - including a few champions. Enlarge video

New York Elementary fourth-grader Kai Blosser, 10,  paired up with KU men's basketball players Conner Teahan, left, and Cole Aldrich during the LPS On the Move program.

New York Elementary fourth-grader Kai Blosser, 10, paired up with KU men's basketball players Conner Teahan, left, and Cole Aldrich during the LPS On the Move program.

Students from New York School were paired Monday with athletes from Kansas University for LPS On the Move, a program to promote the importance of physical activity. Fourth-grader Kai Blosser, 10, center, was among the students joining KU men's basketball players Conner Teahan, left, and Cole Aldrich for a short stroll from the school at 936 N.Y. to Massachusetts Street.

Students from New York School were paired Monday with athletes from Kansas University for LPS On the Move, a program to promote the importance of physical activity. Fourth-grader Kai Blosser, 10, center, was among the students joining KU men's basketball players Conner Teahan, left, and Cole Aldrich for a short stroll from the school at 936 N.Y. to Massachusetts Street.

Some New York School students got moving Monday with the help of Kansas University athletes.

"They were tall," said fourth-grader Kai Blosser of his walking partners Cole Aldrich and Conner Teahan, both freshmen on KU men's basketball team. "Conner liked some of the same things that I did."

Each student was paired with a KU athlete for a quick walk from their school to Massachusetts Street and back. The extra physical activity is part of a first-ever districtwide wellness event, LPS On the Move.

The students and athletes talked about future goals, hobbies and why being active is important.

"Just going out and having fun with their friends" is a better option than eating junk food and watching TV, Aldrich said. "As much fun as that sounds, it's not the healthiest choice."

The students and athletes learned about one another, too.

"They thought that I could really do what I really wanted to do," said Jasmine Good-Decosta, a fourth-grader.

"Jasmine was pretty smart," said Chakeitha Weldon, a freshman guard for the women's basketball team. "She told us her future goal was to be a veterinarian."

And both seemed to enjoy their day.

"I liked just being able to be out and have the opportunity to be outside for a while," said fourth-grader Jai Strecker.

"It's just so much fun to be able to talk to the kids," Teahan said. "It's just a great experience to really see how they view life."

"(We get) a new little buddy that we can have memories with," Aldrich said.

Comments

WBBLover2010 6 years, 8 months ago

I am really glad they are getting their exersice. I was also glad to see that 6 News interviewed a Womens basketball player. It is nice to see them involved and not always just the men.

Nonsense 6 years, 8 months ago

It was a lot of fun watching them walk downtown. They should do it everyday!

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