DeLucia Puts the Fun in Fitness

Originally published March 6, 2019 in the Zip06News.

By Pam Johnson

He’s the star of Fitness Fridays, the mind behind some stellar physical education grants, the father of an annual family fitness fundraiser, and the ringmaster of a circus-based student experience. Suffice it say, physical education teacher Derek DeLucia puts the fun in fitness at Melissa Jones Elementary School (MJS).

Now in his sixth year at MJS, Derek (also known as “Coach D”) started making a splash at the school by instituting Fitness Fridays five years ago, using a grant he wrote and received from Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE). Read More

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New Jr. Bucs fitness program expands from 24 to 300 schools

Originally published Aug. 22, 2018 in the Tampa Bay Times.

By Monique Welch

The Bucs’ new indoor practice facility filled with an uproarious sound Wednesday (Aug. 22) as hundreds of excited students sang and danced to rapper Flo Rida’s My House, while watching some of their favorite Bucs’ players take the field at training camp.

After the practice, students from Tampa’s Roland Park K-8 Magnet School, Lutz’ Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School and Osceola Middle School had the opportunity to meet players, get pictures, autographs and participate in various fitness drills with defensive back Keith Tandy (37), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90), receiver Mike Evans (13) and others. Read More