COLUMBIA, Mo. - Throughout the day on Tuesday at Fairview Elementary School, countless student-athletes from Mizzou Athletics worked with kids to promote proper everyday health and fitness. Beginning in the morning and ending in the late afternoon, Mizzou student-athletes took part in hour long "Mizzou Moves" sessions with each individual grade at the school.
Members of Mizzou gymnastics made their presence felt all day long, as they conducted a variety of fun-filled activities with the Fairview students. Among the array of interactive activities included health education, physical challenges and team-building exercises.
Freshman Alyson Heimsath and junior Katelyn Trevino were two of many Mizzou gymnasts that made their way to the local Columbia, Mo. elementary school. Each Tigers gymnast, along with other student-athletes from various Mizzou athletics programs, jumped all over the opportunity to give back to the local community.
During each hour long session, a pair of student-athletes were charged with the task of promoting specific health and fitness lessons. Trevino and her fellow teammates know first-hand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
"I think it is so cool to be able to help these kids understand the importance of nutrition," said Trevino. "Doing it in a fun and exciting way encourages them to take care of their bodies at a young age. It is definitely something I wish I could have learned more about when I was a kid myself."
Although she is only a freshman at Mizzou, Heimsath has already made her second appearance at a Mizzou Moves event. The ability to interact with kids and teach them important life lessons is what keeps the Houston, Texas native coming back time and time again.
"I love working with kids, and they look like they really enjoy spending time with the Mizzou student-athletes," said Heimsath. "It is really cool to go play games with them and promote the same concepts that we learn ourselves as student-athletes."
While all the Mizzou student-athletes in attendance Tuesday had their schoolwork and practice to finish still later in the day, the opportunity to reach out to the local community was too hard to pass up.
"Mizzou Moves was so much fun!" said Trevino. "Myself, along with my fellow gymnastics teammates, had a blast working with the kids at Fairview Elementary. A program like Mizzou Moves is really inspiring for everyone involved."
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