St. Thomas University (STU) Athletics and Center for Community Engagement (CCE) have partnered with Carol City Middle School to host “Fitness Friday’s.”
STU athletics and its administration believe in providing student-athletes with the opportunity to live the university’s mission and develop as “Leaders for Life.” Athletic Director, Bill Rychel, stated, “in partnering with the Center for Community Engagement and Carol City Middle School, our student-athletes have expanded the impact that St. Thomas University has in the community. STU Athletics takes pride in developing the Miami Gardens community, and we are proud to support Carol City Middle School.”
STU Men’s and Women’s Basketball, as well as Football, will be hosting three training segments for middle school students, beginning on Friday, May 15. The sections will be thirty minutes in length, with collegiate student-athletes hosting at-home workout routines and using limited equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
St. Thomas University Director of the Center of Community Engagement, Rebecca Devereaux, coordinated the partnership with Carol City Middle School. “Community engagement is critical in good times – building relationships while supporting individuals and institutions; when challenges like COVID-19 strike, community partners need each other even more,” said Devereaux. “With all the necessary precautions in place, our Bobcats have at least one opportunity each week to be in the community, knowing they are living out our mission to be “Ethical Leaders for Life.”
St. Thomas University Women’s Basketball team members Patricia Martinez – Sanz and Kayla Rodriguez, led the first session.
Week two’s session will be conducted on Friday, May 22, and will be led by the St. Thomas University Men’s Basketball program starting at 1 p.m. via Zoom.
Additionally, the Center for Community Engagement has also coordinated with Feeding South Florida. Once a week, STU student-athletes and the CCE distribute food, which has totaled nearly 10,000 meals for the South Florida community.