The sun beats down on the high school football field.
From the stands are shouts of encouragement; chants for fan favorites.
A DJ drops the beat and keeps the energy up along the sidelines.
The finale of the inaugural Health Squad kickball tournament is the showdown of the school year: students versus teachers.
Through a grant from Kohl’s Cares, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital supports the Health Squad program at Lakewood High School and Dixie Hollins High School. This student-led program encourages both faculty and students to add more activity in their day.
With the success of after-school boot camp fitness sessions, leaders knew a student vs. teacher kickball game was the perfect way to release end of the school year stress.
“Consistency pays off. We’ve had incredible buy-in from students and staff alike,” says Janelle Garcia, Ph.D., clinical integration manager at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, who helped spearhead the Health Squad project four years ago.
Teachers that have never participated in any school activity signed up. The Health Squad sold tickets to fill the bleachers. Faculty made brackets determining which student teams would face off in the winner-faces-the-teachers tournament.
When the dust settled, the victor was clear: the students have won this round.
With a jubilant cheer, the team captain hoists the trophy high in the air–a last hurrah before final exams.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s has once again been awarded the Kohl’s Cares grant to support teen fitness, nutrition and mental health initiatives during the 2019-20 school year.