FAYETTEVILLE — The Sweat Hawgs program recently announced its winners for 2012-2013. Razorback mascot Big Red and Brian Pracht, Associate Athletic Director of Marketing and Licensing, presented the first place check to St. Joseph Catholic School earlier this week. Accepting the check on behalf of St. Joseph was Principal Marcia Diamond, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Mark Wilburn, and Physical Education teacher Dewey Dykes.
2012-2013 marks the first year of participation in the Sweat Hawgs program for St. Joseph Catholic School. The money they received will be used for physical education purposes for the school.
“We are grateful to the University to provide a program like Sweat Hawgs,” says Principal Marcia Diamond. “We are very excited to win and use the money for our PE classes. Mark Wilburn and Dewey Dykes have been instrumental in leading our program and promoting participation among the students.” The Sweat Hawgs program is a partnership between the Athletic Department and 12 local elementary schools. Razorback student-athletes work with the third, fourth and fifth graders of all 12 schools, and promote and teach physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The competition is based on an outline of what each school would do with the prize money, designating a Sweat Hawg of the Month for seven months of the program, an attendance contest at a Razorback women’s basketball game and showing Sweat Hawg/Razorback spirit at the game. The schools are graded on their participation in each category.
At the beginning of each school year, Razorback student-athletes visit each participating school to talk about how they make healthy choices and stay fit. The athletes then return to each school later in the semester to participate in PE class.
The other four schools earning money through the program are Butterfield Elementary, Vandergriff Elementary, Asbell Elementary, and Williams Elementary.