We can't sit still

BOKS, founded by Kathleen Tullie, is powered by communities and empowers parents, teachers, schools and local volunteers to give kids a body and brain boost that will set them up for a day of learning. Check out a typical BOKS class belows.

The BOKS Program in Action


Drop-Off & free play
The kids check in, put their backpacks in a designated area and enjoy playing and socializing before BOKS starts.


Meeting & Warm-Up
Once the kids have been checked in, the Lead Trainer briefly reviews the lesson plan for the day as well as the skill of the week.


Running-Related Activity
The Lead Trainer leads a fun running-related activity, as running is an essential part of every class.


Skill of the Week
Each week the kids practice a particular skill such as push-ups, sit-ups or squats, which are incorporated into fun relays or obstacle courses.


End-of-Class Game
Trainers promote community and teamwork with a playful game.


Cooldown & BOKS Bit
The kids stretch, cool down, and discuss the nutrition tip of the week (BOKS Bit) with the Lead Trainer.


Inspired to get her own kids moving and boost their academic performance, BOKS launched in October 2009 when founder Kathleen Tullie rallied a small-but-dedicated group of passionate moms armed with a mission, a simple idea and whistles. These moms were the first volunteers of what would become a worldwide movement.

Today, Kathleen and her teamwork alongside Reebok have grown BOKS to more than 2,700 schools (and counting) across all 50 states and four countries.

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the science

A sedentary life and poor eating habits can lower kids' performance in the classroom and start a cycle of health problems later in life.

Studies show that kids who exercise see significant boosts in intelligence-test scores and core subjects at school, compared to their inactive peers.*

*Ratey, J. J., & Hagerman, E. (2008). Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York: Little, Brown. Castrechin, E. S., & London, R. A. (2011). “A Longitudinal Examination of the Link Between Youth Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement.” Journal of School Health, 81(7), 400-8. Davis, C. L., Tomporowski, P. D., McDowell, J. E., Austin, B. P., Miller, P. H., Yanasak, N. E., . . . Allison, J. D. (2011). “Exercise Improves Executive Function and Achievement and Alters Brain Activation in Overweight Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Health Psychology, 30(1), 91-98.