CPS Partners with World Sport Chicago, Universities, Athletes to Promote Physical Education among Elementary School Students 



Oct. 17, 2013


CHICAGO - Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced a new partnership with World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote participation in the District’s 30+20+10 pilot physical education (PE) program. CPS and WSC officials will be joined by mascots from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the Chicago Sky and Northwestern University, as well as Olympians, athletes from Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago and Blackhawks Athlete Ambassador and Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Savard. Together, they will lead students at Perez Elementary School through a PE class and a discussion on the importance of PE.


The 30+20+10 program is a part of the District’s Healthy CPS agenda to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students. Healthy CPS itself builds off Healthy Chicago, the city’s multi-faceted public health agenda dedicated to making Chicago the healthiest city in the nation.


“Physical education leads to many benefits for our children,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “Beyond improved health for Chicago’s next generation, research shows a direct correlation between physical activity and brain function. Healthier students are better learners. The 30+20+10 pilot program supports our goal to help students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence for both academic success and lifelong health, and our partnership with World Sport Chicago will boost that participation in this great initiative.”


WSC and the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) are partnering to motivate and incentivize students to become more physically active. More than twenty athletes have been matched with selected schools that are implementing the 30+20+10 pilot program. Events will be coordinated at each school in which athletes will lead a discussion with students about the importance of physical education and highlight how it has personally impacted their lives.


Throughout the year, WSC will support the elite athletes from all of the teams as they work with the students to strengthen their physical literacy, highlight opportunities available to them and help them to learn how to be resilient against challenges they may face.


“It is outstanding that the collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes in Chicago are committed to supporting the physical and emotional development of the youth of Chicago. Their consistent presence helps these athletes serve as positive and inspiring role models who leave a lasting impact on the students as they prepare for the future,” said World Sport Chicago Executive Director Scott Myers.


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