Within the state of South Carolina, 33.7%, or 1 in 3 children are said to be obese or overweight. South Carolina also ranks in at No. 39 for overweight or obese children out of all 50 states -- 1 is considered the healthiest. With these statistics changing, and not for the better, the University of South Carolina has created an initiative-based program called the Active Gamecocks. The program encourages children, between Kindergarten and fifth grade, to participate in a two-week, 30-minute a day exercise regimen. If the student completes this exercise regimen, they become eligible to receive two (2) complimentary tickets to a predetermined Gamecock athletic sporting event. The program is put in place during the academic year, where three sessions can take place - Fall, Winter, Spring. Elementary schools are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as they would be it one or three!
The Active Gamecocks program has had an ever-increasing number of elementary schools participating. During the spring session, the program had approximately 62 schools and more than 4,000 students participate. The fall session is already panning out to be bigger and better than the fall.
Upcoming Active Gamecock events:Men's Basketball vs. Oklahoma State, December 6, 2014 at 12 PM
Women's Basketball vs. Auburn, January 2, 2015 at 7 PM
If you are interested in finding out more about the Active Gamecocks program, please contact Lauryn Dugan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.576.9189, or use the forms above to register. Go Gamecocks!