McKINNEY (July 30, 2014) — McKinney ISD elementary school P.E. students will be grabbing hockey sticks and heading for the ... gym floor ... this year thanks to a grant from the Dallas Stars Foundation.

The game the kids will be playing is called floorball. It’s a lot like hockey – minus the flying pucks and bone-rattling body checks – and it’s a fun way for kids to get in shape. No ice or skates required.

McKinney ISD Health & PE Coordinator Karin Klemm represented the District at the American Airlines Center on July 29 during the announcement of the 2014-2015 Fitness Stars grant recipients.

Photo courtesy of MISD

McKinney ISD Health & PE Coordinator Karin Klemm represented the District at the American Airlines Center on July 29 during the announcement of the 2014-2015 Fitness Stars grant recipients.

 

Floorball is just one component of the Dallas Stars Foundation’s Fitness Stars initiative, a 5-10 week program aimed at fighting childhood obesity in P.E. classes across D/FW. This year the foundation estimates that Fitness Stars will impact approximately 185,000 children across the metroplex.

Through the program, students collect Fitness Stars bracelet charms for completing each of five challenges that emphasize strength, cardio, healthy eating choices, agility and cross-training. Kids who complete all five challenges receive a ticket voucher for an upcoming Dallas Stars home game at American Airlines Center.

MISD Health & P.E. Coordinator Karin Klemm helped bring the program to the District for 2014-2015 by applying for a grant through the Dallas Stars Foundation. MISD was among eight local districts who received the grant this year.

“We are always looking for new activities to motivate the students to live healthier, active lives, and the Fitness Stars program fits right into our MISD health initiative,” said Klemm. “The Stars street squad will be coming out to train all of the MISD elementary P.E. teachers and go over the basic hockey drills they can teach to our students. I think the kids are really going to enjoy it and benefit from it.”

Each elementary school will receive 24 youth Dallas Stars branded floorball sticks, two instructor floorball sticks, 24 floorball balls, two goals, Fitness Stars bracelets and charms for every student along with other program supplies.

Select Fitness Stars schools have the option to host visits by the Dallas Stars street squad and Dallas Stars alumni to distribute equipment and talk about fitness and healthy eating habits.

For MISD youngsters, fun and fitness are just a few slap shots away in 2014-2015.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.