Cubs Charities launches the Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge

Cubs Charities launched the Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge, a program and contest designed to get kids in the Chicagoland area active, beginning today and running through Dec. 1. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge was inspired by the success of the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program in motivating kids in Chicago to play every day. The program has been developed for Cubs Charities through By Kids For Kids (BKFK).

The Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge aims to provide educators with resources to promote physical activity in the classroom while empowering kids ages 5-13 in the Chicago area to develop ideas to keep themselves, their schools and their communities active for healthy bodies and minds. Details about the educational program and contest, as well as teacher guides, program flyers and activity materials, can be downloaded at

The program includes a contest encouraging teachers to log minutes spent on physical activity in the classroom, as well as an individual competition to bring out the best ideas from students to promote physical fitness at their schools. Prizes include tickets to a Cubs game with on-field recognition, a Cubs Fitness Ambassadorship and Cubs on the Move Fitness Assemblies for schools.

“We’re proud to introduce the Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge and excited to see kids across the Chicago area participate,” said Cubs Executive Vice President of Community Affairs Mike Lufrano. “Cubs Charities promotes improvements in health, fitness and education. By encouraging students to participate and providing educators and parents with resources to promote the value of physical exercise, we hope to help improve physical activity and performance inside and outside the classroom.”

The program was introduced to students, teachers and media at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Lakeview Monday morning. Cubs catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Clark, the Cubs’ mascot, joined a fourth grade class at Hawthorne Academy in a “Catch a Break” exercise designed to keep students active with various baseball exercises.

School officials and Cubs Charities also celebrated the completion of the school’s new fitness center, funded by a grant from Cubs Charities and decorated with paint provided by the team’s corporate partner, Benjamin Moore.


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