By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
POTTSTOWN >> Students can train like a pro athlete and learn from one with Rian Wallace’s free after school program that begins next month.
Wallace is a NFL Superbowl XL Pittsburg Steelers Champion and was also a linebacker at Temple University. Before these accomplishments, he was a star player on the Pottstown High School football team.
After Temple University, Wallace founded the nonprofit organization Goals Over Obstacles made from the initials of his well-known nickname GOO. The sports-based leadership program is available free for the area’s youth.
Starting Nov. 3, Wallace will begin an after school skills academy for students in grades fifth through ninth. It’s completely free to participate but slots are limited. The healthy program will take place at The 422 SportsPlex every Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 23. The SportsPlex is located at 1400 Industrial Highway in Pottstown.
Wallace said kids will learn the basics of improving overall health and nutrition. He said he wants the students to learn how to set goals and then how to achieve those goals. Participants will learn about weight management, strength training, yoga and more.
As for nutrition lessons, students will create their own healthy snacks every week. The foods will include smoothies, snack wraps and yogurt parfaits. Wallace will teach students very important lessons about healthy eating.
“We’ll be talking about portion control and label reading,” he said.
In addition to learning about healthy living, the students will use the after school program as a study hall. Pottstown High School seniors will mentor and tutor participants as part of their class project.
“The academic support is very important,” Wallace said adding that 60 minutes of activity helps energize the brain for learning.
The after school program won’t be all work and no play. There will be weekly prize giveaways and even a field trip. Wallace is planning a trip to a sporting event at Temple University. Wallace said the students will get to see college athletes in action.
Parents interested in signing up their children for the program should do so as soon as possible. Wallace can be contacted at the email email@example.com or on the Goo Nation Facebookwww.facebook.com/rian.g.wallace. Wallace can also be reached at the number 610-718-6536. For more about Goals Over Obstacles visit the website goalsoverobstacles.com.