OXFORD, Ohio -- The Miami Athletic Department and Bruce Elementary School have created a partnership toward healthy lifestyles, the Miami Play 30: Swoop into Fitness program.

The objective of this partnership is to utilize Miami's student-athletes to facilitate and enhance the education of young students about the importance of staying fit, eating healthy, setting goals and serving as exemplary role models.

"This is our third year partnering with Miami Athletics and we couldn't be more thrilled to have the student-athletes back in classrooms," Bruce Principal Kip Powell said. "These kids provide great role models to our young students and they will remember the activities and habits they learn from them for a lifetime."

The program has four main goals: to promote daily physical activity, to encourage healthy eating habits, to set obtainable goals for physical fitness and wellness and to make safe, healthy choices.

"It is amazing how much these kids look up to us athletes," RedHawk soccer player Kelsey Dinges said. "It inspires me to set a good example."

In turn, the Bruce Elementary students have had the opportunity to visit a college campus, attend a sporting event and learn more about Miami University.

“This partnership with Bruce Elementary exemplifies the essence of college athletics - to inspire, encourage, educate and entertain," Anthony J. Azama, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Sales and Licensing said. Dan Clark (sales and service manager) has done a great job cultivating this unique partnership.

The Miami Play 30 fitness program continues to build partnerships and memories through the end of the school year.