More than 250 students from Fort Belvoir’s child development centers demonstrated their commitment to physical fitness and healthy living by participating in the 2019 Fitness Challenge, Friday at Specker Field House.

The event, sponsored by Child and Youth Services, presented the young athletes with a variety of challenges designed to test their fitness levels and gave each a chance to compete against each other in a friendly atmosphere while representing their own schools. Competitors came from the North Post, JoAnn Blanks, South Post and Woodlawn CDCs; and the two North Area CDCs.

The annual Fitness Challenge features four fitness “stations,” including sit-ups, pushups, a shuttle run and a V-sit reach, which measures forward flexibility from a sitting position.

According to Julie Libert, CYS sports and fitness assistant director, staging these events each year relies on the efforts of volunteers who work many hours in planning and support.

“Fort Belvoir Community Hospital always comes through for us and they really deserve some recognition for everything they do,” she said of the more than 20 military personnel who manned the fitness stations and helped the children compete.

“We’ve got 22 volunteers from Fort Belvoir Community Hospital here today—Navy and Army,” said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Smiley, Audie Murphy Club member and volunteer coordinator for this event. “It’s a great event seeing all the kids running and competing and it’s a real pleasure for us to come out and support them. It’s also a way for us to give back to the community.”

Once the students completed the final station, they stopped by a refreshment table provided by CYS staff to refuel with a snack before returning to their respective CDCs.

For information about CYS recreational and athletic programs, call Libert at 703-805-9138 or the School Age Center at 703-805-9100.