Linette Y. Caroselli of Maricopa has been recognized as a RunJumpThrow Outstanding Organizer for exemplary volunteer work to encourage local youth to embrace the importance and fun of physical wellness, USA Track & Field (USATF) announced Tuesday.
A collaboration between USATF and The Hershey Company, RunJumpThrow (RJT) is a hands-on program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. It provides children ages 7-12 a fun chance to learn and practice these skills, which are the foundations of track and field nearly every other sport.
As a grade-school teacher and active alumni member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Caroselli saw a space in her community where RunJumpThrow could flourish. She organized two events in March 2017, reaching over 1,100 students at Maricopa Elementary School and Santa Cruz Elementary as part of the Youth Symposium by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. In addition to the traditional RunJumpThrow program, Caroselli incorporated several professional development opportunities for students from visiting local high schools, including workshops on college, health, careers and even martial arts.
“It was a pleasure to serve the students of Maricopa and introduce this wonderful program to our youth,” Caroselli said. “The smiles and laughter were worth the many hours of organizing and planning. The kids had a phenomenal time and look forward to it every year.”
To learn more and to bring RJT to your community, visit runjumpthrow.usatf.org.