Elementary kids flood Anschutz for Kansas Kids Fitness Day

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Hundreds of elementary-aged kids packed into Anschutz Sports Pavilion on Friday for Kansas Kids Fitness Day, where a multitude of activities were set up to keep the kids active and engaged.
Kansas Kids Fitness Day is a statewide event held every year on the first Friday in May. The event focuses on increasing physical activity and safety awareness among students in Kansas.

Among the younger children were Kansas student-athletes from the soccer and rowing teams running the activity stations. Some of the activities included freeze tag, tennis training and parachute games. The day not only served as a way to engage elementary-aged kids, but a way for the college-aged kids to take a much-needed break from the stresses of studying for finals.

“This is a day that my teammates and I look forward to,” said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President and senior rower Maddie Irelan. “With all the stress around finals week it is nice to just get out and play with some kids. It is really fun to interact and get to know them. This is just one of our really cool events that I really like. We are all athletes, so it is fun to get kids moving and we like to talk to them about what sports we compete in and just get them involved in staying active.”

Kansas Kids Fitness Day is the first of two kid-based events planned by Kansas Athletics this weekend, as the annual Hawks, Cops and Kids event, co-hosted with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County and local law enforcement agencies is planned for Saturday in Robinson Gymnasium starting at 10 a.m. Hawks, Cops and Kids is a free event and registration can be done at HawksCopsAndKids.com.

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