Sacaton students get active at health and wellness day

December 4, 2015


Christopher Lomahquahu, GRIN


Students from Sacaton Elementary School and Sacaton Middle School put down the books and laced up their sneakers for a pair of fun physical activities during Health and Wellness Day. The students participated in running activities in the morning and afterward a football mini camp hosted by the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 18.


Jiivik Siiki (aka Adrian Hendricks), District 2 - Hashan Kehk, provided an inspirational talk about the importance of running. “We need to be healthy and strong,” Siiki said.


Following the presentation, the students went outdoors for a walk/run.


The route took the students along Skill Center Road, looping around SMS back to the SES basketball court.


The second part of the Health & Wellness Day was capped off by a mini football camp for fifth and sixth grade students with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Brittan Golden and Cardinals mascot Big Red.


The students went through a series of drills, complete with passing and blocking stations.


Big Red threw a few passes as lines of kids ran screens in between obstacles.


The lesson the Cardinals bring to the students on the field is for each of them to respect each other and be good role models for health and wellness.


John Timmons, Director of Extended Education and Community Relations, said that Tuesday’s events were designed to promote health and wellness while increasing student and parent involvement.