In 2006 TITUS Sports Academy formed a partnership with Capital Health Plan (CHP) and World Class Schools of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and launched the CHAMPIONS program in seven schools around Leon County, Florida. In the CHAMPIONS program children go through circuit training which focuses on improving 5 physical qualities; flexibility/mobility, strength, speed, agility and endurance. In 2009 the CHAMPIONS program expanded into Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla counties, increasing the participation from 5,000 to over 12,000 participants in 2011.
From increased participation, to the layout of the circuits, and the training of our coaches, the program has evolved tremendously in the past 5 years. When CHAMPIONS first started, participants rotated through 4 exercise circuits. In the Fall of 2009 we turned two of the exercise circuits into a game and relay circuit. Now we have 2 exercise and 2 tactical game circuits with a focused weekly theme. Some of the themes that the program touches on are space, mobility, speed and control, being sneaky and support/teamwork. We have also correlated the CHAMPIONS program with the Florida Physical Education Standards and Benchmarks so that gaps and overlaps are not present between the two “schools of teaching.”
This semester’s Training and Certification program hosted speakers that highlighted instructional pairing and the different learning styles of children. Education was provided on auditory, kinesthetic and visual learning styles as well as teaching best practices for these learning styles. Discussion took place on transformational leadership, in which the leader acts as a role-model and a motivator. Transformational leadership isn’t based on a “give or take” relationship, but on their ability to make a change through example. Some of the local P.E teachers and CHAMPIONS kids came out to spend the weekend with us, and a BBQ was held at the end to thank everyone for their participation in the event!
This year we are conducting a research study on the
CHAMPIONS program. The purpose of the study is to examine the effectiveness of the CHAMPIONS’ program in affecting change in selected markers of fitness, physical activity, psychosocial factors, academic performance and school attendance in elementary and middle school children. We have been working towards this study for the past 5 years and are excited to share our results with everyone!
For more information regarding the CHAMPIONS program and to see the markets this program serves visit: http://www.mychampions.com/