By Andrew Stark
Bain Elementary School third- through fifth-grade boys learned about fitness, teamwork and character in Xcel 2 Fitness, a program new to the school this year.
What do swimming noodles, cones, tennis balls, climbing ladders and a group of third- to fifth-graders have in common?
To elementary school boys involved in Xcel 2 Fitness, those are the building blocks to friendship, self-confidence, athleticism and teamwork, and they’ve been on display since Bain Elementary began its program this fall.
“They have noodles, cones and everything else out here and (outsiders) probably look at it like, ‘OK, what is this going to do for them?’” Bain instructor and physical education teacher Jake Doster said. “But if they can get together and do games and activities that are put together in a curriculum and work as a team, that’s what sports pretty much are.
“They’re running through ladders and improving their agility and working on things like that. Everything is based around fitness and developing as teammates.” […]