SACRAMENTO, CA - Three Sacramento City Unified schools will be the first to benefit from a new partnership with the Sacramento Kings and The California Endowment in the new "Get Fit with the Kings" fitness program. SLIDESHOW: Sacramento Kings at Earl Warren Elementary
According to Kings spokesman Mitch Germann, the short-term goal of the initiative is to improve the scores of students at Earl Warren Elementary School, Will C. Wood Middle School and Hiram Johnson High School on the yearly statewide FITNESSGRAM test.
The basketball franchise is committing to have Kings players and staff work with students, parents and teachers on the importance of exercise and nutrition; make investments to improve school gymnasiums, field and fitness equipment; hold health clinics and community rallies at the schools to maintain interest in the program; and offer Kings tickets and other Kings prizes for students and their families as they reach fitness and nutrition targets.
A "Get Fit with the Kings" website will also offer nutrition tips, healthy recipes and an interactive "Ask the Doctor" feature.
The first three schools to benefit are in south Sacramento which is a California Endowment Building Healthy Communities participant. The Building Healthy Communities effort is a $1 billion, 10-year program to help 14 communities around California become healthier and safer.
The California Endowment is a private health foundation focused on improving the health of all Californians and improving access to affordable, quality health care for underserved communities.