FAYETTEVILLE- The Sweat Hawgs program in which the University of Arkansas student-athletes participate in, recently awarded the third place school, Williams Elementary, a check worth $1,250 to be used for physical education purposes for the school. Junior gymnast Kelci Lewis, who was active with the Sweat Hawgs program all year, was there to present the school with its check."It is cool to give them the check," says Lewis. "They earned it and by presenting the check, they see how much their hard work paid off."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, designing a Sweat Hawg of the Month for seven months of the program, an attendance contest at Razorback women’s basketball game and showing Sweat Hawg/Razorback spirit at the game. The schools are graded in each category with fifty percent coming from attendance at the basketball game. This is not the first year that Williams Elementary has been involved with the Sweat Hawgs program. The school has been awarded money the past four years for its physical education classes."With the money, we’re able to get rid of old and worn out equipment," said Vickie Haygood, Williams Elementary PE teacher. "The No. 1 benefit is that we are able to keep the students physically active with enough equipment for everyone. We now have enough basketballs for a 25-student class so the children do not have to stand around and wait for their turn.""Sweat Hawgs is a great program and provides a lot to our physical education program," said Kara Gardenhire, Williams Elementary principal.
The other four schools earning money through the Sweat Hawgs program include, Butterfield Elementary, Folsom Elementary, Vandergriff Elementary and Happy Hallow Elementary.