Annual Appreciation Day at Lakers’ Practice Facility Hosts Students from Long Beach Area

Posted 05/12/2015 | By HealthCorps

Thirty-one students from Cabrillo High School and Long Beach Polytechnic High School got a chance to travel to the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo, CA, to watch a portion of the team’s practice session and tour this very private facility.  It was a true celebration of the Active Alliance partnership with HealthCorps.  After the students checked out the gym and locker rooms, Lakers strength and conditioning coach, Tim DiFrancesco talked to the students about his own journey to coaching, his current job responsibilities, and the fitness and nutrition programs that he creates for the players.  The coach also led the students through a series of stretching exercises, replicating the protocol that the players follow before practices and games.

The students sweated their way through a series of drills and stretching segments, and then got a chance to pepper the coach with questions.  They also got to meet Laker players Nick Young and Jeremy Lin.  It was a huge highlight for the students and a great way for the teens to learn how these players take care of themselves so that they have optimal performance at the professional competitive level.

Starting a young child in a team sport, taking them hiking or biking, discussing how food choices impact sports performance can also happen on the home front.  If you introduce these concepts to your kids, early in life, they are more likely to be engaged with sports and healthier nutrition by the time they enter their teen years.

San Lorenzo Students Dance with the Warrior Girls

On April 16th, the afternoon at San Lorenzo High School turned into stomping grounds for the Warrior Girls and a select group of HealthCorps students including Active Alliance Ambassadors, SLz Cheerleaders, and Project EAT interns, among others.  A “Re-think Your Drink” booth highlighting healthy hydration and featuring fruit-flavored water instead of traditional sugary drinks helped to quench the students and Warrior Girls’ thirst.

The dance clinic began with the dancers highlighting dance tips that help them to “Step Up” their own game.  Jekailah Fort, one of the Warrior dancers actually attended San Lorenzo High School and she shared her personal journey to a spot on the Warrior Girls cheerleading squad.  One student, Tajianna Okechukwu, shared her short term goal (to graduate high school) and her long term goal (to work in entertainment) with the group.  For a student, speaking in front of a group including the Warrior Girls is a true exercise in mental resiliency!

Next the Warrior Girls warmed up with the students and taught them a choreographed routine, performed to several songs.  Having mastered the dance moves, the students were now eligible for a fun Warriors’ Q & A, with prizes including signed photos from the Warrior players.  Another successful Active Alliance event with fun had by all!

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-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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