Throughout their existence, which dates back to at least 776 BC, sports have fascinated people all around the world. Not only do they provide a unique form of entertainment, but they also inspire and galvanize the local communities in which they operate. This is part of the reason state and local governments often work with top professional leagues to incentivize team assignment in their respective city. There are more ancillary rewards than just the financial benefit.

This reality is on display constantly, though it may not always garner media attention (partly because it has become relatively commonplace). Since athletes know the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle, they are often well suited to educate youth on how to stay fit and healthy.

The Centennial State provided a perfect example of this on Wednesday when the NBA’s Denver Nuggets hosted an event to help foster these habits in the community, according to an article on the team’s website. Story author Eric Spyropoulos detailed the news, writing:

In the midst of the grind of the regular season, the Denver Nuggets and their players took time to give back to the community and support youth sports initiatives.

On World Kindness Day, Torrey Craig began the events by hosting eighth graders from Strive Prep at the Pepsi Center. Nuggets’ Strength and Conditioning coach Felipe Eichenberger helped lead the students through warm-up stretches, defensive stance exercises and other aerobic movements such as high-knees, squats and more.

Before the students began their exercises, Craig made sure that each one had a replica headband to wear, just like the veteran forward does each and every game.

“I think it’s extremely important to interact with the kids and teach them how important fitness is,” Craig told Nuggets.com. “For them to be able to interact with an NBA player that is involved with a lot of fitness is great for them.” 

The students were also able to ask Craig questions and received pictures and autographs from the Nuggets’ defensive stopper.

While the team has high hopes for another successful season on the court, they are certainly off to a great start off of it as well.

To read Spyropoulos’ full writeup, click here.