Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Friday Night Lights

Hundreds of Spring Branch ISD elementary students were exposed to two versions of “football” – the popular, Friday night contest over a leather ball held under stadium lights and the exciting, fast-moving competition over a soccer ball – through the district’s Advanced Movers program recently.

Students from four elementary schools attended a recent Friday evening football game between Stratford and Spring Woods high schools held at SBISD’s Tully Stadium.

For many students, the recent Oct. 17 game was their very first experience inside a Texas high school football stadium on a Friday night.

Walking onto the Tully Stadium artificial turf before the game were students from four campuses – Sherwood, Thornwood, Westwood and Woodview elementary schools.

The youngsters were exposed to high school bands, cheerleaders, dance and football teams in an up close, in-person game experience that literally earned them High Fives from high school student athletes.

This game experience was arranged by SBISD’s Health Fitness Dept. with special assistance from Samuel Karns, who is SBISD’s Advanced Movers coordinator.

Greeting the elementary students were SBISD’s Executive Athletic Director Paige Hershey and several assistant athletic directors.

One Woodview Elementary student joined the cheerleaders on the field when the student bumped into a cheerleader she had met several years ago in a dance camp.

On Friday, Oct. 24, meanwhile about 225 Advanced Movers students from Landrum Middle School and the KIPP Courage College Prep program also at Landrum Middle, as well as Pine Shadows, Ridgecrest and Cedar Brook elementary schools attended a soccer game at Houston Baptist University.

“The excitement was in the air, and could be felt even before the kids even got off the buses. Even though the [Houston Baptist] Huskies didn’t pull off a win, our students won in so many capacities on this night through T-2-4,” Karns said. A boy and girl student from each campus was selected at half time to take part on field in a soccer dribbling and shooting contest.

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