Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School students recently had a fun and unique opportunity to participate in their own version of the Winter X-Games, an annual competitive sporting event that focuses on extreme winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling.
Spearheaded by physical education teachers Christopher Mocera and Teresa Carrozzo, the Nathaniel Woodhull X-Games were designed to raise awareness about the Winter X Games and also to promote other sports such as skiing and snowboarding that may be less familiar to students. Lessons included geography, mathematics (degrees of a circle and half circle) including 180 and 360 degree squat jumps as taught by former Olympic hopeful and William Floyd student Joey Mensch and more.
[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“We wanted to make the connection of the activities in the gym with the training that snowboarders like Joey Mensch use to train for the Olympics,” said Mr. Mocera. “It was a great experience and the excitement level of the students was extremely high.”[/quote_colored]
Students also focused on agility as they tossed beanbags to fellow students and into bins while remaining steady on balance boards, attempted a snowboard simulation by balancing on a board while being pulled across the floor, used an agility ladder and a balance beam and performed the 180 and 360 degree squat jumps used in snowboarding.
In preparation for the Nathaniel Woodhull X-Games, students were tasked with researching the Winter X Games and to list the five most interesting facts they could find. Students who completed this assignment were entered into a raffle to win a snowboard signed by Joey Mensch. Fourth grader Madison Cizan was excited to take home the grand prize.