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March 16, 2014

Thunder players help students get moving in Thunder Fit Clinic

MOORE — Growing up, Jeremy Lamb was outside all the time. The Norcross, Ga. native said he spent most of his days ripping and running and doing what kids do.

Even though the 21-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder guard is only a few years removed from those days, he has noticed a disturbing trend among today’s youth, who only venture outside their homes on special occasions.

“When I grew up, I’d be outside all day,” Lamb said. “Now, kids play video games and are addicted to the TV. It’s fun outside. We had a lot of fun when I was growing up. I think them not being outside, they are missing a part of their childhood that can be fun for them. And also stay healthy.”

That was the main message Lamb and his Thunder teammates wanted to get across Wednesday when they visited Moore Central Junior High with their Fit Clinic.

More than 60 kids from seventh and eight grade got to spend an hour with Lamb, Andre Roberson and Perry Jones III. There were two fitness stations with cardio and aerobic exercises, along with two basketball stations where the Thunder players taught the basics of dribbling and shooting.

“It was a great opportunity to have them come out and talk to us,” MCJH physical education teacher Nikki Gayler said. “The kids were really excited and they looked very involved. I think they got a lot out of having these guys here and getting to learn from them.”

The Fit Clinic has been a mainstay with the Thunder organization since the franchise arrived in Oklahoma. It’s one of the many ways the players get involved with the surrounding community.

But this year, the Fit Clinic has special resonance as people are becoming more informed about the childhood obesity problems that has been growing in the United States.

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