The Coast Guard Academy held its annual Sports and Wellness Day
on Friday about 120 eighth grade students from Bennie Dover Middle
School in New London took part in the activities. Although the
weather did not cooperate, with cold temperatures and driving rain
throughout the day, all of the festivities were moved indoors and
it was a great day for everyone involved.
The group of students rotated through seven different stations throughout the day with members of the Coast Guard Academy coaching staff as well as cadet-athletes present at each of the stations to teach the fundamentals of each sport.
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Four of the stations consisted of sports with basketball,
football, soccer and volleyball while the other three stations were
the teaching of personal defense, physiology of fitness and the use
of cardio/fitness machines, as the students were allowed to try out
the various machines in the Coast Guard Academy fitness center.
“Today was outstanding as the students learned about the different sports and it was a great opportunity for them to see the Coast Guard, our neighboring school, and for everybody to have a chance to be involved in athletics,” said Michelle Mokrzewski, an eighth grade language arts teacher. “This year, we made it a competition between the seventh and eighth graders and the eighth grade won the opportunity and it is a day they have been excited about for months.”
Just before lunch the every student went to the pool to learn about scuba and Coast Guard rescue swimmers.
The day ended as the students enjoyed lunch in the Roland Gym before heading back to school in the early afternoon.
“We had group of students from Bennie Dover Middle School who got hands on teaching from our coaches,” said Coast Guard Academy head football coach Bill George, who is also the coordinator for the Sports and Wellness Day. “The athletic department did a great job of putting this event on. It was a great team effort with the department, the New London schools to get these eighth graders to get exposed to the Coast Guard Academy.”