Most physical education teachers across the district will tell you that P.E. has been one of the most challenging subjects to teach online during the pandemic. With no gyms or fitness equipment at home and workout space limitations for many students, P.E. teachers like West High's Mary Kok are constantly thinking of creative ways to keep students active at a time when mental and physical health are extremely critical for youth during a global pandemic. 

When Mary reached out to Madison’s professional soccer team, Forward Madison FC, she was hopeful the team could submit a recorded workout for her students to participate in. Instead, the team’s captain and community engagement liaison, Connor Tobin, responded to Mary with the idea to lead live workouts with the players via Zoom, in addition to engaging the students with a motivational talk about athletics, exercise and the correlation between fitness and mental health.