Your May ’15 Newsletter

Andy Drobeck News

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On Sunday, May 17, Andy came to our hometown Knoxville, TN to participate in the 2015 Challenge Knoxville Half Distance Triathlon.

Andy finished 13th out of 52 professional athletes with an overall time of 4:17:10 – WOW!


Congrats to him on a great performance! We are so happy he is a part of the Power Systems Team.

Andy will be traveling to Atlantic City on June 28, for the Challenge Atlantic City Full Distance Triathlon. We will continue to keep you all up-to-date on all of his results.

Summer Fun and Games for Kids

By: Erin Gray

I don’t know who is more excited for the end of the school year and the beginning of summer fun… me or my kids. No homework, trips to the pool, and more relaxed evenings. Inevitably, I know the dreaded words will come that I am not excited about.

I’m bored

This summer I am going in prepared to help keep my kids moving, having fun, and just being kids. Here are three games I plan to play with my kids this summer: 

Exercise Ball

What you need: One ball and a Sharpie

erin kid game stability ball

How to play:

  • Use the Sharpie to write various exercises and a number of repetitions on the ball. (Example: 10 jumping jacks, 8 squats, or 5 sit ups.)
  • Form a circle with all the players.
  • Take turns tossing the ball across the circle.
  • When a player catches the ball, the exercise the catcher’s right hand is touching is what the entire group performs.

Quick notes:  This is an activity the whole family can enjoy. No melt downs here, because everyone is a winner of exercises. Try a speed round by setting a timer and going as fast as you can.


What you need: Sidewalk chalk and a side walk or driveway

tic tac toe

How to play:

  • On your driveway draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board and a starting line.
  • Split up into two teams.
  • Declare the exercise to be performed from the starting line to the board and a different exercise for the way back. An example is high knees to the board and bunny hops back.
  • Declare an exercise for the players not going to perform like squats.
  • Shout out a 3-2-1-go to start the game.
  • One person from each team at a time will make their way to the board performing the exercises and return back to their waiting team.
  • While the team waits they perform their exercise.
  • When the first player returns they pass their chalk to the next player and do the waiting exercise with the rest of the team.
  • A winning team is declared when three X’s or three O’s are in a row.
  • Repeat the game as many times as you’d like and change up the exercises as you go.

Quick notes:  If it’s a rainy day, this game can be played indoors with the exercises staying the same, but use a pen and paper instead of chalk. Oh, adults love this game!

Exercise Bingo

What you need: Create a Bingo card with various exercises; designate one person (The Checker) to check players’ cards and have a timer

Kid Fit Bingo Card 1

How to play:

  • Each player gets their own bingo card.
  • Set the clock for 5 minutes of any desired length of time.
  • Normal Bingo rules apply-four corners, a line or black out.
  • The game doesn’t stop when someone gets Bingo, it ends when the time is up. When each set of exercises is complete The Checker crosses out that space on the Bingo card.
  • When the time is up The Checker counts the total number of Bingos each player completed and the winner is the player with the most.

Quick notes:  Kids love to create these Bingo cards. Help them mix and match quicker exercises like 5 squats with some longer exercises like inchworm walks down the hallway. This will create a need for strategy for each player and is a great opportunity to keep that brain working this summer.

These games are just a start! Be prepared for summer fun and summer boredom with these games or better yet, create your own games with your children and they can be your go- to boredom solutions this summer. Game on!


Out-and-About in the Community

Blitz Build Complete

Power Systems team members joined several members in the Knoxville community to help out with Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Blitz Build. With great weather on our side and a group of willing volunteers, we were able to help Habitat’s efforts in building six houses in just 7 days!

Day 1 Blitz Day Rebecka and Kathryn

Read more about the build and Habitat for Humanity in our recent press release >>

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