Marina del Rey Middle School students had the chance to practice some basketball drills with Los Angeles Laker Luke Walton as part of a fitness program’s visit to the school Tuesday, April 14th.

The Lakers star met with students of the Los Angeles Unified School District school in Del Rey and talked about the importance of staying fit and healthy, as well as the Lakers’ quest for another championship title.

The student rally was part of the “Got Milk?” Get Fit by Finals program, which has teamed up with America’s milk processors and the NBA to help reverse the trend of inactivity and growing concerns about childhood obesity.

Get Fit by Finals encourages teens to get 60 minutes of activity and drink three glasses of low-fat or fat free milk every day to achieve overall fitness.

Walton told students that he grew up playing basketball but learned in college that in order to successfully compete in the NBA against athletic players like Gilbert Arenas, Richard Jefferson and others, he would have to commit himself to a regiment of eating healthy, drinking milk to strengthen his bones, and exercise.

“Even if you don’t like to exercise, playing basketball is something that’s fun and it’s healthy,” said Walton.

In an effort to support the school’s implementation of health and fitness programs, a $1,000 check was presented to Erick Mata, principal of Marina del Rey Middle School, by Body By Milk and Driftwood Dairy.

Marina del Rey Middle School is among thousands of schools nationwide that have received special Get Fit by Finals activation kits that include expert fitness and nutrition videos, tips and drills from the NBA, as well as posters and banners featuring NBA and WNBA All-Stars Chris Paul and Diana Taurasi, for schools to display in cafeterias and gyms.

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