The Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge returned to Sarasota County schools in 2019 with more than 4,500 students participating in the program to learn about healthy eating, physical fitness, and avoiding tobacco.
(From left) Orioles Hall of Famer Brian Roberts and current Orioles Mychal Givens, Trey Mancini and Mike Wright Jr. visited Booker Middle School, along with Mike's wife Madison Wright and the Oriole Bird, to help conduct a session of the five-week program.
Launched in 2016, the Challenge encourages students to "eat, train, and live like the pros" by focusing on the importance of healthy eating, tobacco-free living, and physical fitness.
The program features a variety of health and fitness lessons, including exercises to build endurance, strength, flexibility, speed, and balance.
Roberts encourages a student.
The Bird entertains a student during the push up drill.
Mancini races students across the gym.
Givens talks one-on-one with a student.
The Wrights encourage students during the relay race.
Roberts challenges students in the push up drill.
Givens joins students in the lunge exercise.
Wright joins students for dynamic stretching.
Mancini shows the students good form in the lunge drill.
Givens watches as students race to the next station during the relay drill.
Madison Wright is a registered dietician/nutritionist and personal trainer. She coached students on choosing healthy foods.
The Orioles players talked with students about their own healthy lifestyle habits, including getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of water, choosing healthy foods, and avoiding tobacco and vaping.
Players answered students' questions about their baseball careers and encouraged students to follow their own dreams.