Chester families who visited Curtis Elementary last Friday evening for Family Fitness Night had the unique opportunity to both speak with and receive autographs from three local pros – Johnny Grubb who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, Ken Oxendine a former NFL running back with the Atlanta Falcons, and young professional soccer player Roger Bothe of the Richmond Kickers. All three men attended Curtis during their youth.
Although it was a Friday evening, Tina Seal, physical education instructor and coordinator of the event, refused to miss out on yet another occasion to teach her students something valuable. For her, the purpose of having the athletes there was “to teach my children that normal people can become pros. What we learn everyday in P.E. is that the more active you are and the choices you make now will dictate how successful you are later in life, whether you’re an athlete or just to be healthy.”
Seal not only emphasized the likelihood that “normal” people have success in professional sports, but that the same applies to local students as well.
“It’s been a good message for the kids to be able to understand that we have athletes that have gone pro right here in Chester.”