Grizzlies forward promotes healthy choices at Memphis school

Grizzlies forward promotes healthy choices at Memphis school

(WMC-TV) – The Grizzlies are giving back by visiting students at some schools who are working hard to be among the healthiest in Memphis.

The students, who are considered "scholars" at Bruce Elementary, were honored Thursday for their achievements in the Alliance Healthy Schools program.

As part of the celebration, Memphis Grizzly Quincy Pondexter made a special visit.

"I just really want to make sure these kids have the perfect opportunity to be whatever they want," said Memphis Grizzly Quincy Pondexter.

Pondexter toured classrooms to promote the importance of ending childhood obesity.

The Bruce Elementary Scholars recently earned a Bronze National Recognition Award for improving its nutrition and physical activity programs as well as making healthy choices.

"It'll be better to eat vegetables and fruit instead of hot chips and stuff," said 5th grader Tracya Gorea.

Despite the Grizzlies demanding schedule, Pondexter says it is important to give back because he remembers being a student and struggling to eat healthy.

"I would come home from school and I would want to grab the McDonalds, the Burger King, or candy and I know important it is to stay healthy," he said.

The scholars proudly showed Pondexter their community garden and even had the opportunity to shoot around with a professional athlete.

"I want to be that positive role model for all those kids and I want them to share with all their friends that might be at other schools so you know what, as a city Memphis could be healthier," said Pondexter.

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