MSUFCU Volunteers at Sparrow Michigan Mile KIDSPRINT
On Saturday, June 2, MSUFCU sponsored the KIDSPRINT at the Sparrow Michigan Mile event. Eight volunteers from the Credit Union attended the event and helped award medals to participants ages six and under. The race took place inside Cooley Law School Stadium, home to the Lansing Lugnuts.
Sparrow’s mission is to improve the health of people in our communities, starting with supporting healthy habits for our kids. KIDSPRINT and Michigan Mile are the culmination of the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club offered to encourage local children to increase activity.
The Sparrow Feelin’ Good Mileage Club is a voluntary program designed to make exercise fun by offering students in grades PK-6 the chance to walk/run during designated break periods at school and earn incentives for reaching key milestones. The school-based walking/running club helps reduce playground hassles, increase kids’ learning readiness, and fight obesity while teaching them healthy habits. In 2017, 18,425 mid-Michigan children logged 218,180 miles on their way to better health while earning fun prizes. Kids love participating and 85 percent of parents reported an increase in their child's physical activity after participating in the program. All students were invited to participate in the Michigan Mile and KIDSPRINT.
“I loved seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces as they crossed the finish line,” said Megan, an MSUFCU volunteer. “You could see how proud everyone was in knowing they did a good job.”
It was an exciting opportunity for children and their families to be energetic, get fit, and have fun while running around the stadium. Approximately 1,762 children participated in the event — helping to encourage children and families to stay physically active.