The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation teamed up with the Adrian and Ashley Peterson Family Foundation to provide campers at the Atherton Elementary Camp Adventure! site with a special visit from Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson.
The afternoon kicked off with a brief speech from Peterson expressing the fundamental role that teamwork, hard work and dedication has played in his career as a professional football player. The Petersons then led a circuit of drill-style activities testing campers’ ability to overcome obstacles. With athleticism on full display, campers practiced an impressive array of skills intended to improve agility and coordination. Showcasing their jumping, running, and tackling abilities, campers learned the value of teamwork as they worked in small groups to complete goals.
The action-packed afternoon provided students with a new definition of the term ‘physical education’ through the integration of physical activities with valuable lessons on the responsibility to work hard in all educational endeavors. Peterson closed the afternoon with an empowering testimony on the role of education in his life. As a final call to action, Peterson gathered campers in a team huddle, challenging them to implement the day’s lessons on dedication and commitment on the playing field, as well as inside the classroom.