Local Students Train with the Terps
Jan. 6, 2013
By Taylor Smyth, Maryland Athletics Media Relations Student Assistant
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Miles Dawson had never visited the Comcast Center, so when he stepped into the arena on Saturday morning, the seventh grader couldn't help but smile.
"It feels good to be here," Dawson said. "I wanted to see what this stadium was like. Maybe someday I'll play here."
Miles and his fellow students from three Prince George's Country Schools participated in the "Train with the Terps" event, organized by the University of Maryland and UnitedHealthcare. Led by the men's lacrosse team, the event aimed to teach students about healthy lifestyle choices.
"We wanted to show the kids things they can do so they have a healthy lifestyle," Senior Associate Athletics Director of Stewardship and Community Engagement Cheryl Harrison said. "The goal is for them to take these lessons into their own lives to stay healthy."
The students partook in a variety of activities, from cone drills to medicine ball work. The student-athletes were excited to provide ways for the students to stay fit, even in the absence of a gym or supplies.
"I think we've given them a lot of things to do to stay active," sophomore defenseman Goran Murray said. "You might not always have a gym facility to go to, but there are so many different ways to be active."
In addition to the work out, officials provided students with lunch and admission to the men's basketball team's 94-71 victory over Virginia Tech.
"At UnitedHealthcare, our mission is to help people live healthier lives, and what better way for people to learn that at a young age," Regional Marketing Manager Seung Baick said. "We want to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. We're proud to be a part of events like this."