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Bolts Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at Kimball Elementary School
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It was a busy day in the community for the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday, and they kicked things off by celebrating Hispanic Heritage at dual-language Kimball Elementary School in National City.
Kendall Reyes, Darrell Stuckey and the Charger Girls Meridith and Karissa spent well over an hour with students ranging from kindergartners through sixth-graders, talking about the importance of education and physical fitness at The Read and Rise Play 60 assembly. They fielded questions from the students on a wide-range of topics, and asked them some as well all while giving out some fun Chargers prizes. Along with Scholastic and the event’s sponsor, Aquafina, the team also presented a check for 400 books to the school which will allow each student to pick out a book for their very own. Reyes and Stuckey finished the event by reading a pair of books to the students… with lots of added character.
“It was great just to take a little bit of time out of our day to give back,” said Reyes. “It encourages some of these kids to read. It’s really an honor to be out here.”
The two players spoke with the students about exercising not only their body, but their minds as well.
“It’s always great to be a part of Play 60 events, especially when we’re doing a reading event too,” said Stuckey, a recent father who said it means a lot to be able to speak to the students. “The kids enjoy it, we enjoy it, and Kimball did an awesome job. It’s important to exercise the body and the mind because it’s one of those things that work hand-in-hand. Your brain can’t function 100% at its potential unless your body is agreeing with it and you’re eating the right things. You need to feed your brain the right fuel. So you need to exercise regularly and get the muscles engaged so you are physically and mentally prepared to be your best.”
Agreeing with Stuckey, Reyes too emphasized the importance for the children to be active both physically as well as in the classroom.
“It’s definitely important, especially at this young age when kids are still at the developmental stage,” he said. “So it’s huge for them, especially with the way times are these days. A lot of kids just want to watch TV or stay inside, so just getting them active, and not only their body but their mind as well, it pays huge dividends for them.”
Having the Chargers visit the school as part of the team’s annual Hispanic Heritage celebration is something Principal Sonia Ruan says the students will never forget.
“It was very special having them here,” she said. “This is a once in a lifetime event. Who knows when we’ll be this fortunate again, so it’s very exciting. The students are thrilled. It was a very motivating event, so I hope the Chargers continue to do this because it’s just wonderful.”