Lt. j.g. Phillip A. Chitty
SUBASE Public Affairs Office
Dana Barros, former Boston Celtics guard and Boston College standout, and Teresa Edwards, five-time Olympian and former WNBA coach and player, teamed up with leadership, staff and youngsters at the Naval Submarine Base Youth Center September 21 to highlight the importance of health and wellness through basic basketball and fitness skills.
The two basketball stars from joined the base Commanding Officer Capt. Carl Lahti and Youth Center coaches and staff in hosting the youth-oriented “NBA FIT Boot Camp,” which kicked-off the base’s Healthy Base Initiative.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be here today and kick off this event,” said Capt. Lahti. We’ve been selected as one of 13 bases around the country to kick off an initiative to get people healthier on base.”
More than 100 young military family members aged 6 to 18 did just that as they enjoyed fitness activities aimed at helping them develop core strength, speed, and coordination. Barros, Edwards and NBA Fit Boot Camp Clinician Sean Hanahan encouraged and interacted with the kids as they completed stretching, warm-ups and practiced basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting.
“The important thing is that you find something you love to do and give it all you have,” said Teresa after the workout. “Give it honesty, give it hard work, and give it discipline. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to work hard.”
Following the FIT Boot Camp, children and parents also had an opportunity to learn about healthy eating and nutrition as well as vegetable home-gardening from several interactive activities within the Youth Center.
For Cathy Terrall, SUBASE Youth Center director, it was rewarding to hear firsthand how the families and youth that attended were grateful to meet with, learn from, and be encouraged by the latest NBA and WNBA stars to be a making a difference for the base.
“It’s been phenomenal. I can’t tell you how many parents have personally thanked us for doing this for the kids,” said Terrall. “These children sacrifice for their country just like their families do, and hearing inspirational messages from these athletes, their heroes and role models, makes them feel valued and appreciated.”
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