Get moving at FitPHX Basketball Camp

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by Scott Pasmore

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 12:40 PM

PHOENIX -- Get fit, shoot some hoops, and take advantage of the valley's beautiful weather this weekend.

Parents and kids alike will enjoy the FitPHX Basketball Camp, a free event happening at Grand Canyon University. The two-hour event Saturday will include agility activities, basketball skills challenges with professional athletes, and a short game featuring local celebs and a few lucky youth participants.

Scott Pasmore got a preview of what's in store on Friday's Good Morning Arizona. The idea is to get Phoenix to be the "fittest city in America."

"There's no reason that Phoenix is not the healthiest city in the country," says Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. So "FitPHX is initially, an initiative that will get us into the top ten. But we want to be the best."

Basketball great Peter Ezugwu is also part of the effort. "I'm very obviously passionate about fitness," he says. "Kids, developing youth, and we believe this is a great forum for them to start off."

Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman is also involved, because she has a personal connection to fitness in Phoenix. "I grew up here in the Valley," she says. "I started at a Parks and Rec. City of Phoenix pool, at Roadrunner Pool. I feel really passionately about  going out there and getting kids involved."

Former Suns player Steve Hunter says this event is a way for him to give back. "The fitter you are, the better you want to eat, and the better you feel," he tells us.

FitPHX takes place Saturday, March 30, from noon to 2 pm, at Grand Canyon University, located at
3300 W. Camelback road. The event is free, so bring the whole family.

For more information, you can go online, or call 623-326-4267.

This event is hosted by the city’s FitPHX team: Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, and Grand Canyon University and Future Stars Global Foundation. Featured star athletes include: Seth Joyner (Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals), John Bronson (Arizona Cardinals) and Nick Lowery (Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer).

FitPHX’s goal is to encourage residents to become more active and healthy, and help Phoenix rise to one of the 10 healthiest cities in the nation, focusing on obesity, nutrition education, coronary heart disease, asthma, and encouraging the use of public transportation, bicycling and walking to work.

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