Through basketball, the Pelicans hope to teach students the importance of a healthy lifestyle
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Pelicans, Ochsner Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) celebrate the launch of the Pelicans Junior Training Camp program at Christian Brothers School in New Orleans.
Led by forward Ryan Anderson, who is a member of the NBA’s FIT team and spokesman for the Pelicans Junior Training Camp program, Pelicans players Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Greg Stiemsma and Jeff Withey will assist in leading students through the JTC circuit.
The Pelicans, Ochsner Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield and TFL are focused on helping students in the Gulf Coast live a healthy and active lifestyle in an effort to end childhood obesity and prevent Louisiana youth from starting to use tobacco products. With the support of their partners, the Pelicans will host two junior training camps each week for children between the ages of seven and 12. Each junior training camp will reach up to 150 students, giving them the opportunity to participate in basketball-related drills and games, learn about nutrition and enjoy the Pelicans’ game day experience at school.
“The Pelicans Junior Training Camp program aims to teach students about living a healthy and active life,” said Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. “Childhood obesity is a national and local epidemic and it is important for the future success of the Gulf South that our children are learning how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We hope that Pelicans Junior Training Camps give local children the opportunity to learn how to exercise their minds and bodies so they can excel in the classroom, at home and in every aspect of their lives.”
"Ochsner is pleased to continue our partnership with the Pelicans to promote health and wellness through education and physical activity at the Junior Training Camp events," said Avery Corenswet, Vice President of Community Outreach at Ochsner Health System. "Working with the schools is a great way to educate the next generation about the importance of being active and eating healthy. Students all look up to our Pelicans players as role models so having the team offer these events raises the interest and profile to a whole new level."
Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, who is a member of the NBA’s FIT team, will serve as the spokesman of the program, as he is passionate about teaching children the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how it will help them in their future.
“Being active and eating healthy do more for your body than just give you energy – it helps you focus in school and gives you the opportunity to be at your very best physically and mentally,” said Anderson. “As a member of the NBA Fit Team, it’s an important initiative to me personally to help educate local youth on why it’s important to be active and make healthy eating choices. We hope that, through Pelicans Junior Training Camps, kids will see that being active and healthy can be fun.”
In additional to learning about being healthy, students will learn about the importance of teamwork through engaging and fun drills as they complete a circuit during the junior training camp. TFL will also be encouraging students to pledge to stay tobacco free and lead efforts to encourage their peers and mentors to do so, as well.
For more information on Pelicans Junior Training Camps, visit Pelicans.com.