By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a new partnership with World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote participation in its 30+20+10 pilot physical education program.
CPS implemented the 30+20+10 program to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students. It is a part of the city’s faceted public health agenda Healthy Chicago, which is a plan to make Chicago the healthiest city in the nation.
WSC and the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness are partnering to motivate and incentivize students to become more physically active. More than 20 athletes from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the Chicago Sky, Roosevelt University, Chicago State University and Northwestern University, as well as Olympians, have been matched with selected schools that are implementing the 30+20+10 pilot program. Events will be coordinated at each school in which athletes will lead a discussion with students about the importance of physical education and highlight how it has personally impacted their lives.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said healthier students are better learners.
“Beyond improved health for Chicago’s next generation, research shows a direct correlation between physical activity and brain function,” Byrd-Bennett said. “The 30+20+10 pilot program supports our goal to help students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence for both academic success and lifelong health, and our partnership with World Sport Chicago will boost that participation in this great initiative.”
Throughout the year, WSC will support athletes from all of the teams as they work with the students to strengthen their physical literacy, highlight opportunities available to them and help them to learn how to be resilient against challenges they may face.