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Today’s early-morning workout was certainly a step in the right direction towards active and healthy lifestyles.
On behalf of the Red and White, Stamps receiver Anthony Parker helped launch a 2017 league-wide community initiative on Tuesday which aims to engage elementary school students through physical activity.
The veteran pass-catcher was on hand at Connaught School for the BOKS (Build Our Kids Success) program, much to the delight of 30 smiling faces. Agility drills such as hurdles, ladder drills and other footwork exercises preceded a touch-football game.
Parker then signed autographs before the students headed off to class.
“I enjoyed working with the kids this morning and showing them some of the basics when it comes to agility training,” said Parker after executing the lesson plan. “BOKS is a great way for young students to get moving at the start of their day and also have fun while doing so.”
BOKS, engineered by Reebok and supported by players in all CFL cities, currently reaches 12,000 students from a total of 302 Canadian schools. Former Stampeders long snapper Randy Chevrier serves as BOKS Ambassador for the Prairies region and plays an instrumental role in coordinating the school visits.
Members of the Stamps will be making at least seven appearances on behalf of BOKS prior to the start of the 2017 season.