Gold medalist Brittney Reese promotes healthy kids in hometown
Olympic Gold Medalist Brittney Reese drew quite a crowd Friday morning at 28th Elementary School in Gulfport. The school just received a $4,000 grant from "Fuel up to Play 60."
As part of the presentation, teachers held up a measuring tape to show just how far Reese jumped to win the gold medal in London this summer. Seventeen kids fit inside the space!
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
There was a warm welcome home for Olympic Gold Medalist Brittney Reese at 28th Street Elementary School Friday morning. But Reese didn't come to talk about herself.
"I'm here to just help motivate the kids to be a part of Play 60 because video games are obviously taking over the kids," said Reese.
The "Fuel Up to Play 60" program was created to combat childhood obesity and motivate kids to get outside and play for 60 minutes a day. Friday, the school received a $4,000 grant from the program.
Reese's message about getting active came across loud and clear to the students.
"She taught me to like go outside and don't be inside playing my video games all day," said fifth grader Makia Triplect. "Don't eat snacks. Because I want to be a chef, but I also want to do softball. I can't run as fast as I can right now without eating right."
As much as Reese focused on the kids, her accomplishments couldn't be ignored.
"This is what being active every day got me," said Reese, showing off her gold medal.
Reese said she hopes she inspired the kids to stay healthy. She also said the day was a much fun for her as it was for the students.