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Fit, Healthy Kids: A Community Challenge

Originally published Jan. 15, 2019 in the Redwood City Climate Online.

By Bill Shilstone

Redwood City may once have been considered the physical fitness capital of the United States, considering the nationally recognized program developed by Frank Griffin at Sequoia High School.

Griffin, who taught physical education at Sequoia from 1920-1960, developed a color-coded, incentive-based ability grouping system, then added an obstacle course that would have challenged Tarzan with its climbing and swinging apparatus in the many campus trees. Physical education teachers came from near and far to study, then copy. The Army, Navy and Marines asked him to design programs to whip their recruits into shape for World War II. 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