Kids exercise their brains and bodies as Total Fitness Challenge kicks off

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hundreds of kids gathered Friday to exercise and have fun at the 10th annual Summer Total Fitness Challenge kickoff event hosted by Assemblyman Michael Cusick. 

About 300 children, ages 5 to 8, warmed up and played different track-and-field-related activities at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex. 

After the students were split into groups, each tackled activities, including long jump, short jump, shot put, jump rope, hula-hooping and relay races.

"It's rewarding to see the kids have fun," said Cusick (D-Mid-Island). "The kids love it, they always want to compete. It's to give them the tools to live a healthy lifestyle throughout their life."

Cusick's Total Fitness Challenge is a summer-long competition — open to all Staten Island students from Pre-K through eighth grade — where students and their schools earn points by reading and exercising daily.

The competition also includes students attending various Activity Days during the summer at different athletic facilities on Staten Island.

The first activity day will be July 7 at Fast Break Basketball Center in Richmond Valley.

To RSVP, prospective students and their families can call Cusick's office at 718-370-1384.

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