Health The Focus Of The Uptown Games
Senator Adriano Espaillat, in partnership with Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, Assembly member Gabriela Rosa, the Armory Foundation and New York Road Runners, announced that the second annual 'Uptown Games' will be held at The Armory this coming Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.
More than 500 students — third-to-eighth graders from 20 schools — will receive athletic instruction from Road Runners' experts and Armory staff, before participating in races, relays, hurdles and field events. Last year's inaugural event featured 300 students.
The Uptown Games isn't a competition — it's an opportunity to address important health-related issues in Washington Heights and northern Manhattan by instilling healthy habits in children and offering exposure to track & field disciplines in a stress-free, supportive atmosphere.
Students, parents, principals and physical education teachers will also receive guidance on forming permanent track & field teams to ensure kids can incorporate the healthy habits they learn at the Uptown Games into their daily lives.
"Our community must work together to address the disproportionally high rate of childhood obesity in Upper Manhattan," said Sen. Espaillat. "The Uptown Games are a chance to expose our kids to athletics in a supportive, inclusive environment, and teach healthy living habits that students can take with them. Last year's Uptown Games were a terrific success, and I'm excited that even more schools and students have signed up to participate this year. On behalf of the more than 500 students that will participate in the Uptown Games, I thank the New York Road Runners and Armory Foundation for offering their support, expertise and commitment to our neighborhood."
"This is the true way to get our kids into healthy habits: education and physical activity," said Councilor Rodriguez. "If we spend more time focusing on promoting healthful lifestyles, eating better and getting our kids off of the couch, we will have a healthy community for decades to come. This event is a community effort and its goals are ones that my office has focused on greatly through our health and wellness initiative. My only hope is that we can find more opportunities to provide access to world-class facilities like this for our neighborhood children"
"The Uptown Games provide children in northern Manhattan with an opportunity to participate in track & field events at a world class venue that is a valuable asset to our community," said Assembly Member Rosa. "At a time when childhood obesity rates are alarmingly high and children in our community have insufficient physical education in schools, the Uptown Games offer children a chance to exercise while having fun and learning lessons that will teach them how to make healthy lifestyle choices throughout their lives."
"Thanks to our dedicated elected officials and the good officers of the New York Road Runners, The Armory is once again proud to host these great Uptown Games," said Dr. Norbert Sander, Executive Director of the Armory Foundation.