Connect with us

Baseball

ON BASE WITH BRAD HEWITT

Local baseball and softball trainer Brad Hewitt started BASES- Be a Super Example Student. Bill Bennett is the lead instructor for sessions conducted at C.L. Taitano Elementary, and Harry S. Truman Elementary.

By Michael Cruz

Local baseball and softball trainer Brad Hewitt started BASES- Be a Super Example Student. Bill Bennett is the lead instructor for sessions conducted at C.L. Taitano Elementary, and Harry S. Truman Elementary. 4th and 5th graders also learn about fitness, wellness, and health. The baseball and softball after school program emphasizes learning baseball and softball skills.

Hewitt is passionate about helping the youth become more active. Childhood obesity is a big issue on Guam. Physical education funding has scaled back not only in Guam, but all across the United States. Programs like this promote children to be active and not sedentary. Kids can adopt a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, physical activity, and positive lifestyle behaviors.

GSPN: How did this project come about?

BH: We started the program after a discussion at a NCD CONSORTIUM meeting where I became disappointed. We are doing two at each school. Program started by me because at a meeting I was disappointed that kids are using excuses why they can’t use existing programs outside of school. There are so many available! Then we got to discussing how there is no real PE in schools especially elementary schools. So I presented an idea to our NCD physical activity group (I’m a core member) of doing a pilot project to increase the level of activity in schools. I developed a program using “existing curriculum” and using baseball fundamentals the plan was developed. It’s designed not for baseball players but for those who are not exposed to activity and would normally sit at home doing nothing. Usually at a baseball game or academy there is a lot of non-activity. Not this program. It’s designed to provide some sort of movement activity for an entire hour using baseball. We started planning in November received the grant for the funding in December and finally started in March. It’s been a successful endeavor and more schools are planning for the summer session and into the fall of 2014 hopefully with all 26 elementary schools on board.

BASES2

Children of C.L. Taitano participating in the BASES program.(courtesy photo)

GSPN: What happens after the kids exercise?

BH: Each session ends with a teaching lesson lasting about 5-10 minutes on a wellness related topic which includes diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, obesity, harmful effects of tobacco, and diet/nutrition.

GSPN: Anyone you would like to thank?

BH: I’d like to thank Bill Bennett and Clint Mccormick for their efforts in leasing and assisting with the activities. Also like to thank (Guam Baseball Academy. Public Health and Social Services, Guam Comprehensive Cancer Care, Live Healthy Guam and Tobacco Free Guam.) who make this all possible through a combined grant.

PHOTO GALLERY

BASES1

(courtesy photo)

BASES5

(courtesy photo)

BASES3

(courtesy photo)

Ad

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Makayla Atoigue

ND Royals Rugby Player Makayla Atoigue lays down her Foody’s Fun Facts and shares her dream vacation spot

 

GPS Sports Calendar

May

June 2022

July
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Events for May

31st

No Events
Events for June

2nd

Events for June

2nd

No Events
Events for June

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for June

5th

Events for June

5th

No Events
Events for June

7th

Events for June

8th

Events for June

9th

Events for June

10th

Events for June

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for June

12th

Events for June

13th

Events for June

14th

Events for June

14th

No Events
Events for June

16th

Events for June

17th

Events for June

18th

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for June

19th

Events for June

20th

Events for June

21st

Events for June

22nd

Events for June

23rd

Events for June

24th

Events for June

25th

26
27
28
29
30
1
2
Events for June

26th

Events for June

27th

Events for June

28th

Events for June

29th

Events for June

30th

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Makayla Atoigue

ND Royals Rugby Player Makayla Atoigue lays down her Foody’s Fun Facts and shares her dream vacation spot

 

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Makayla Atoigue

ND Royals Rugby Player Makayla Atoigue lays down her Foody’s Fun Facts and shares her dream vacation spot

 

COMING SOON …

  • Asia Pacific Little League
  • GML Playoffs

 

 

QUICK HITS

Palau history: Outfielder Bligh Madris was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates today to become the first Palauan to make it to the major leagues. The lefty Madris was batting .304 with five home runs and 20 RBI at Triple A before getting the Call Up!
———————————————–
14-year-old Franny De Leon has been named to the 2022 WBC Muay Thai USA Youth Team.  The former youth muay thai world champion will be competing in Canada’s WBC MT World Youth Games come August. She is the daughter of Jaime Quitugua and granddaughter of Frank and Norma Quitugua living in Fairfield, CA.

More in Baseball