The school year in Sioux Falls is wrapping up, and students at Laura B Anderson are getting some new sports balls to help them get outside and play during the summer months.
Being healthy and active was the theme inside the gym at Laura B Anderson Elementary Monday. 5th grade ambassadors, picked by their teachers for their leadership qualities, stood in front of their peers and talked about the importance of exercising and making good choices.
"Staying healthy is the most important thing about staying active. It's good for the body," 5th grader Emily Stevens said.
The students also each got a basketball, a baseball, a football and a soccer ball to take home. All 200 of the balls were donated, most donated by a coach in California who is related to a teacher at the school.
The equipment wasn't the only gift the students received. Two Sioux Falls Storm players helped pass out the bags and even signed some footballs.
"I thought it was cool because no one really comes here. The school's kind of small and you wouldn't think someone like them would come," Alazar Negash said.
"I was kind of scared because I didn't want to embarrass myself in front of them, and I thought it was really cool," Stevens said.
Wide Receiver Jeremiah Oates says the day was a great opportunity to get kids interested in playing sports.
'It gives them a good outlet because if they don't do sports, they're going to do something else when they get out of school. So I would rather they play sports or something like that then getting into trouble," Oates said.
The students who will be making the leap to middle school next year plan to enjoy their summer outside with a little help from their new friends.
"I play football with my friends, or swimming," Negash said.
"Any sports but I would have to say football is my favorite," Stevens said.
Defensive Back Jonathon Setzer was also at the gym.
The school hopes to give students sports equipment yearly, but they will need more donations to keep the event going.