MOMC: Colorful characters make Schofield PT in the Park special

| April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Children warm up for physical training with lunges alongside popular fictional characters during PT in the Park held Tuesday at the School Age Center’s soccer field. The characters included Captain America, Olaf from “Frozen,” Scooby-Doo, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Children warm up for physical training with lunges alongside popular fictional characters during PT in the Park held Tuesday at the School Age Center’s soccer field. The characters included Captain America, Olaf from “Frozen,” Scooby-Doo, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Story and photos by
Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Families got a kick-start to their morning physical training routine from their favorite fictional characters during PT in the Park held at the School Age Center’s soccer field Tuesday.

More than 100 children spent an hour exercising with the characters and staff from Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports. After working up a sweat, the children enjoyed a healthy breakfast and snacks before moving on to the rest of their day. The annual event is held in honor of the Month of the Military Child.

Dressed in their complimentary gray “Army Strong” T-shirts, the children gathered and were asked to sing the “Elmo’s World” theme song. Anthony Lawson, assistant director of Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports, encouraged the children to sing as loudly as possible so Elmo would come out to exercise.

Giving excited cheers, one of the children spotted Elmo and called out, “He’s hiding behind that dog!”

Olaf from “Frozen” ensures children safely climb up and down at one of the stations in the obstacle course at PT in the Park, Tuesday. After warming up, participants ran in relay races and a multiple-station obstacle course.

Olaf from “Frozen” ensures children safely climb up and down at one of the stations in the obstacle course at PT in the Park, Tuesday. After warming up, participants ran in relay races and a multiple-station obstacle course.

That dog turned out to be the costumed character Scooby-Doo, who was waiting with Elmo, Olaf the Snowman from “Frozen,” Captain America, Spider-Man, Barney, Elmo, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse. Each child stood in line behind their favorite character to complete warm-up exercises and stretches.

“We encourage each kid to be active 60 minutes each day, after doing their homework,” said Eville Aaron with CYSS Youth Sports and who has coordinated PT in the Park, helping run it for the last five years. “Keep running, jumping, living a healthy lifestyle and get into good eating habits. All the snacks we served today are healthy.”

After the warm-up, the children danced to Silentó’s “Watch Me” as the characters did the “whip” and “nae nae” with them. Once the song was over, the group switched between running relay races and navigating a child-sized obstacle course. The characters stood by, helping the young athletes to complete each exercise, give them high-fives for finishing and posing for pictures when they were done.

160405-D-RT812-053Having the characters, active-duty Soldiers, volunteers and staff from Army Community Services programs made a difference, Lawson said.
“(The children) see their favorite characters work out and it makes them want to work out,” he said. “With the characters, they’re very hyped up.”

Many children enjoyed time with the characters, turning what might seem like a chore into something fun and special. Five-year-old Aaliyah Tellez said she normally enjoys running but had even more fun when Mickey and Minnie Mouse were with her. She and others who attended learned exercises while having fun.

“I really like Olaf,” said 4-year-old Aubrey Rodriguez. “He has warm hugs, and I liked doing the high knees (exercise) together.”
Aaron and Lawson said they take the most joy out of seeing children become more motivated to exercise and be healthy with help from volunteers and the characters.

“Youth Sports could always use volunteers,” Lawson said. “We’re not only teaching skills for sports, but skills for life.”
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