CPS Athletics is honored to be named a $1,000 grant recipient through The Motz Group’s 2022 Community Impact Fund.
Motz, a locally-based athletic field construction and maintenance firm, matches all employee contributions to its annual impact fund to help make a difference with like-minded partners in communities it serves. CPS was one of ten grant recipients this past year.
The athletics department will utilize the funding for CPS Get FIT, a program designed to improve and develop the motor skills of preschool students throughout our district.
“The Motz Group's dedication to making a lasting impact in the community is inspiring and will allow us to grow Get FIT,” CPS Athletics Manager Josh Hardin said. “We are dedicated to teaching healthy lifestyle habits to all of our students, even the youngest ones.”
Athletics staff collaborate with teachers to plan fun and enriching 30-minute Get FIT sessions. After an opening circle with student introductions, athletics staff lead a series of motor skill activities (music movement, parachute, beanbags, etc.) before wrapping up with a closing circle. Activities aim to enhance each child's ability to acquire basic movement concepts and confidence.
One major component of this program is the opportunity for CPS Athletics to provide each preschooler and their teachers with gifts that aid motor skill development. Items may include healthy snacks, books, toys and other needed supplies identified by teachers.
“Not only is it a fun and engaging way for preschoolers to learn, but it is an important part of developing healthy habits for our students from the very beginning”, said Hardin.
Thanks to The Motz Group for helping us continue this important program!