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Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Athletes for Hope and Explosive Performance partner to bring Power Up DC to Hendley Elementary School

October 10, 2017
Washington, D.C. - Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Athletes for Hope and Explosive Performance have partnered to bring Power Up DC to Hendley Elementary School in Ward 8. Hendley Elementary is the adopted school for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and its teams. 

In 2015, Athletes for Hope and former Washington Wizards player and current Washington Mystics assistant player development and video coordinator Awvee Storey partnered to launch a physical fitness initiative, Power Up DC, with the goal of encouraging and inspiring third- and fourth-grade students to exercise a minimum of 60 minutes per day. The program is modeled from the Active Schools program design, which encourages schools to reduce childhood obesity and improve health outcomes as an “active school.”

In September, Power Up DC launched at Hendley Elementary. Storey, along with trainer Kevin Boyle from Explosive Performance, introduced students to the program, led dynamic stretching and implemented the first round of skills testing stations. Students participated in basketball shooting drills and recorded times for agility and planks. All participating students received and wear fitness bands throughout the school year that track their physical activity levels while also measuring perceptions about physical activity at the pre-program, active program and post-program stages.

The following day, students were still excited about participating in the new initiative. “Our kids have been talking about it all day, and quite a few have been trying to increase their plank time already,” said Frances Evangelista, assistant principal for special education.

The Power Up DC program will utilize professional athletes, alumni, staff and partners of Monumental Sports & Entertainment on a monthly basis throughout the school year and focus on why physical fitness has played a critical role in their lives and careers, while leading fitness activities and recognizing student achievements. 

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and the Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.