Editor's note: This story is the first in Spotlight on Youth, a regular series highlighting the positive effects Alaskan students have on communities across the state.
At College Gate Elementary, home of the Cougars, physical education is not your typical gym class. Using a combination of fitness and fun, these kids won a nationwide competition that brought the current Super Bowl MVP in their building.
From high-stepping in the Super Bowl to figuring out steps at College Gate -- what would bring Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith to the East Anchorage school?
Besides giving NFL players dance lessons, when it comes to fitness College Gate takes it seriously.
Competing in the NFL's "Fuel Up to Play 60" video contest, students beat out hundreds of schools across the country to prove how healthy and active they are.
At any of College Gate students' physical education classes, however, moving is what they do every day. Just ask Derrick "DJ" Glass who has also learned how to eat healthier.
"I would tell people to eat at least five to six fruit and veggies a day," said the sixth grader. "Sometimes we don't play sports that we play in PE, but we still have fun and stay fit and work with each other."
With activities like Team Pirate Ball, a game similar to Capture the Flag., PE teacher Katie Povolo says she tries to inspire kids to stay in shape.
"The important thing for me is that they are doing it, they are involved, they are making the effort, they're building the habit," Povolo said.
College Gate staff are trying to get students to move -- not just in the gym, but in their everyday lives. That's exactly what sixth grader Roine Faupula is doing.
"One day I told my parents that we should go and walk to East High School and play basketball, so we did before and we still do it," Faupula said. "You can go out and play 60 minutes a day and you can go to a park with your friends and play tag."
Smith's visit to College Gate was only part of the school's prize, alongside a $15,000 donation to the school's PE program. Povolo says she's using the money to buy new cross-country skis and snowshoes for students to use.