Although Fox Chase Elementary students normally cheer for their jaguar mascot, last Thursday the gymnasium rang with the chant of “Go Cubs!” as the Chicago Cubs caravan dropped by for a visit.
The Caravan stopped at Fox Chase as a reward for the students’ participation on the Kane County Cougars Ozzie’s Reading Club.
“They [Cubs] asked if there was a school in particular … and we suggested Fox Chase,” said Shawn Tourney, public relations manager for the Kane County Cougars. “They have been one of the largest supporters of the incentive reading program.”
The message behind the stop was simple: exercise and eat right.
“Why do we need to exercise?” radio analyst and former Cub outfielder Keith Moreland asked the audience of students. “So we can play games? How many of you like to play sports?”
Moreland invited students up to the front to perform different exercises, with an assist from Cubs players.
Michael Bowden Cubs pitcher jumped rope after two student volunteers, earning plenty of cheers when he spun the rope extra fast. Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger performed jumping jacks with a student and outfielder Tony Campana did push-ups. Cubs second basemen Darwin Barney did some sit-ups against another student volunteer, who may have been out sit-upping him at the end.
The Cubs players, coaches, managers and announcers then played “Fair or Foul” with the students where they asked them questions about healthy eating and exercise habits and the students had to determine if it was fair, true or foul, false.
Although there seemed to be a bit of a mix-up as to if you were supposed to stand if it were fair or foul, the students had fun answering questions, like if playing video games for three hours helps outfielder David DeJesus catch fly balls better, if chopping word is good exercise, and if flaming Cheetos help you to run faster.
For the record, flaming Cheetos do not help you run faster, although many students thought that should be a "fair" answer!