San Jose Stealth star Jeff Zywicki traveled to Bubb Elementary School in Mountain View, Calif., to take part in the school’s “Mileage Club” program on March 30. The “Mileage Club” was established at Bubb to show students the importance of physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. As their special guest for the day, Zywicki told the students of the important role fitness has played in his life as a professional athlete.
In the “Mileage Club”, students at Bubb Elementary walk or run during recess to accumulate miles collectively. They originally set their sights on gaining enough miles to get to Disneyland, but have since expanded their goals to reach Disneyworld in Orlando, Fla. So far, they have collected enough miles to reach the Grand Canyon and are on their way to Mount Rushmore.
Zywicki arrived at the school for their Monday morning assembly, where he addressed 500 students, parents and staff. Many of the students donned Stealth tattoos and T-shirts in anticipation of their special guest, who they greeted with a hero’s welcome. He explained the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and how physical fitness as a child helped him reach his goals as a lacrosse player in adulthood.
Zywicki rejoined the students for recess, where he became an official member of the “Mileage Club” by walking and running around their designated track. He was then mobbed for autographs and signed one for every student who asked. They in return presented him with a “Mileage Club” necklace, which students get with a foot-shaped charm that represents every five miles completed.
It is just another event that Zywicki participated in to promote youth fitness. He is very active in the Stealth’s Sticks-2-Schools program, which provides schools with lacrosse equipment and instruction as a new and fun way for children to stay active. He makes at least 20 Sticks-2-Schools appearances each season.