Chatham County Police Department Holds Fitness Day for Middle Schoolers at Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – The Chatham County Police Department hosted a fitness day to promote health and wellness for the middle school boys at Bethesda Academy. Officers intend the event to be an opportunity to show the physical demands of a career in law enforcement.

Middle school boys at Bethesda Academy test their agility, flexibility, and physical fitness by completing obstacle courses set up by the Chatham County Police Department.

Faculty members and middle school boys at Bethesda Academy pose with Chatham County Police Department officers and volunteers at Fitness Day on campus.

Chatham County Police Neighborhood Liaison Officer Esquina White speaks to Bethesda Academy students during Fitness Day on campus.

The Chatham County Police Department set up two obstacle courses for some friendly competition and for the boys to test their agility, flexibility, and physical fitness. The course featured ladders, cones, hurdles, weights, running and pushups. This is the first time this program has been held at a school in Chatham County.

“We picked Bethesda Academy for this because, over the years, our relationship with Bethesda Academy has grown significantly,” said Chatham County Police Neighborhood Liaison Officer Esquina White. “It’s good to be able to actually engage with the kids and meet them outside of something like responding to calls for services. We had a lot of fun with them,” White said.

Prizes for the top three winners were sponsored by Spanky’s and Leopold’s Ice Cream. A pizza party sponsored by Donato’s was held afterward.

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and cattle program and a college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit or call 912.644.4376.

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