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Local Boys and Girls Club teaches children about health and wellness

WIS. RAPIDS (WAOW)-- The Boys and Girls Club in Wisconsin Rapids hosted its first-ever sports camp with the help of a local health insurance company and some college baseball players.

Boys and Girls Club member Ilana Pinney says she loves sports and participated in the sports camp.

"You get to run around," Pinney said.

"The kids are having a great time today, just being active and being able to play outside instead of indoors," said Jill Kurszewski, the Development Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids.

This camp is part of the 10-month long triple play program, an attempt to teach members of the boys and girls club the benefits of a healthy mind, body and soul.

This year, the club received some help from Security Health Plan to make it all possible.

"We received one of their healthy communities grants, it was a $10,000 grant," said Kurszewski.

This day-long camp gave children the chance to learn new sports like baseball, hockey and cheerleading.

Local high school students and players from the Wisconsin Rafters baseball team served as teachers.

"We got to play with pro baseball players," said Pinney.

Pinney just didn't know the Rafters are still college amateurs, but she enjoyed having the positive role models around.

"You don't usually get to do this everyday," she said.

The Rafters said it's nice to give back.

"I love getting out there and playing with little kids, they always have a great time and it's just a lot of fun, " said William Elliott, a Wisconsin Rafters player.

The camp was more than just running and playing.

More than 100 children learned at lunch the importance of drinking enough water when being active.

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