STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) kicked off the annual Total Fitness Challenge on Tuesday morning with a soccer event at the Greenbelt Field in Sea View. The event was held in partnership with the College of Staten Island’s (CSI) men’s soccer team as they taught players new skills to develop their game.
Influenced by his love for sports, Cusick began the summer-long competition, in which students and their schools earn points by reading and exercising on a daily basis, back in 2008. “We started this challenge when I first got elected,” said Cusick, a fitness enthusiast who ran track in high school and college.
The Summer Total Fitness Challenge was canceled last year due to COVID-19. The return of the event this summer provides a social setting in which kids can reunite with friends to play outside together. “The challenge serves as an outlet after the pandemic for kids to get out and exercise and play,” says Cusick. “The social interaction and exercise in a group setting are more important now than ever.”
“It’s important to be fit physically and mentally because that combination is something we know as adults will carry through and give them a better lifestyle,” said Cusick.
The challenge will host two more events over the summer for students. These events include a track event in Ocean Breeze and biking at Fresh Kills. For more information, click the links below.
Elementary students who wish to participate in the Summer Total Fitness Challenge can find brochures at their schools. Students planning to attend should RSVP to [email protected]