LaVERGNE, Tenn. – Tennessee State University Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice, junior Amber Hughes and senior Shaquille Cragwall spent Thursday morning volunteering with the physical education class at LaVergne Lake Elementary School.
Today’s event was coordinated by Champions for America’s Future to promote the health and academic benefits to quality physical education in Tennessee.
“We were excited to be invited by Champions for America’s Future,” Cheeseborough-Guice said. “The students are having a lot of fun, and it’s important to keep it in the curriculum. Our student-athletes had a lot of fun, and we were just excited to be invited to come out today.”
Hughes and Cragwall joined in with the physical education class activity, which featured a game that included math skills as well as physical activity such as jumping jacks and sit ups.
Following the class, Cheeseborough-Guice was one of the speakers who addressed the media about the importance of physical education classes in the curriculum in elementary schools in Tennessee.
“Being here at the elementary school, it was a great experience to interact with the children,” Hughes said. “There was so much going on in the class that you didn’t realize how much exercise you were getting. I think this is a great way to help kids be active and also have a great time.”
“It was great seeing the kids interact, and they were learning at the same time,” Cragwall said. “It was a great experience. The kids were really excited to compete against us and try to beat us. It was a lot of fun.”