NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Coast Guard Academy held its annual Sports and Wellness Day on Friday with about 110 students from grades 6-8 at Bennie Dover Middle School in New London in attendance and it was a great day of fun and learning for everyone involved.
The students were selected to be a part of the day on good behavior, attendance requirements and high scores and the overcast certainly didn't put a damper on the day.
"This event is important to the students because it give them a little taste of what a college campus is like," said Willie Barber, a science teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. "Yes athletics are a part of college, but coming to the Coast Guard Academy helps them realize that discipline and studies are a major part of your college experience. It is also a great opportunity for the students to spend time away from school together and have some fun."
The group of students rotated through six 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.
Four of the stations consisted of sports with basketball, football, volleyball and soccer while the other two stations were the teaching of personal defense 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.
The day ended as the students enjoyed lunch in the Roland Gym before heading back to school in the early afternoon.