By Bonnie Davis Guy
Johnson County Schools Office of Coordinated School Health sponsors the Boys Actively Moving (BAM) Program for grades three through eight. The rationale behind this program is to build positive relationships through team building and physical exercise. Both BAM and its counterpart, Girls on the Go, are eight to 10 week programs that meet once per week and stress working together, anti-bullying, nutrition, and exercise. The BAM boys program culminated in a full out obstacle course set up at the National Guard Armory in Mountain City.
Amanda Mullins and Amanda McGlamery, with the office of Coordinated School Health, lead the efforts to gain sponsorships, equipment, and volunteers enough to pull off a full obstacle course which included inflatables, water traps, running, and a tire obstacle. Volunteers from the community, armory, local and state police force, and the school system made certain the event came off without any hitches. The young men participating were all smiles, laughs, and had good sportsmanship attitudes.
The competition began with the third graders and proceeded through each elementary grade. Each team could run the course at least twice. The individual winners from each grade would then compete against the middle school team to determine the overall winner. Whether the boys were as small as third grade or nearly finished with middle school, regardless of the school they attend, these young men treated each other with true sportsmanship attitude and comradery.
The winners from each grade level are Landon Lipford, grade three from Roan Creek Elementary; Nathaniel Walker, grade four, also from Roan Creek Elementary; George Grill, grade five, from Mountain City Elementary; Christian Espinoza, grade five, also from Mountain City Elementary; Caleb Pierce, grade six from Doe Elementary; Doe and Christian Lipford-grade six, also from Doe Elementary. After competing against the middle school boys, the overall elementary winner was Christian Lipford, grade six from Doe elementary. “We are so proud of all these boys, just by completing the course each participant was a true winner,” said Amanda Mullins, coordinator for BAM.
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