Wherever he is, whatever time of year, Coach Spo finds time for fitness.
Some days, staying fit might mean a quick game-day workout in the weight room. Other days, Coach Spo goes for a run, or takes one of his favorite spinning or yoga classes. While on vacation last summer, he even tried an intense, beachside boot-camp workout that included sand sprints and plyometrics, followed by a paddleboarding session where he spotted a large eagle ray swimming below!
Coach Spo, with the support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, is now partnering with the NBA and NBA Cares as a member of their NBA FIT team. The FIT team is made up of NBA Family members including players, coaches, offiicials, trainers and health-related experts who serve as ambassadors and positive role models for kids and parents. As a FIT team member, Coach Spo will attend grassroot fitness events, promote valuable fitness information and continue to make good healthy life choices.
In honor of NBA FIT Week, 100 children inner-city elementary and middle schools in the Miami area pledged their fitness commitment and New Year’s Resolutions to the Miami HEAT and the NBA on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at W South Beach. Coach Spo was on hand to encourage the children in their fitness goals. Also joining the festivities were HEAT Television Play-by-Play announcer Eric Reid, the Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie the HEAT Mascot, and numerous community leaders.
As part of the program, Coach Spo will soon debut “Spo on the Go,” a blog that will appear on HEAT.com. The blog will provide fans with an opportunity to learn about healthy living, while also getting an understanding of how physical fitness is important to the success of Miami HEAT players and the Miami HEAT organization.
NBA FIT encourages physical activity and healthy living through products, events and programs for children and their families, while providing youngsters with an opportunity to participate, free of charge, in exciting fitness competitions. The goal of NBA FIT is to engage one million children, adults and families to pledge NBA FIT during the 2009-10 season.