Cross-Country for Youth (CCFY) is a unique fitness program that introduces young people to cross-country training and character-building concepts to develop the whole person. CCFY programming will take place twice a week. A typical day of activities will begin with a general introduction, the character focus of the day and an overview of cross-country principles and continue with stretching, a group run and wrap-up exercises. The character development concepts include integrity, respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, perseverance, teamwork, commitment, courage, discipline and leadership. Each character trait activity is accompanied by a Key Message delivered by community stakeholders and screened volunteers. Key Messages include topics such as Perseverance, Never give up, on your tasks, your mission, or your dreams and Commitment - @ 211º water is hot, but at 212 degrees it boils and creates steam and steam can power a train. So, that one extra degree makes all the difference. Commitment can give you that extra leverage to succeed. The youth will also participate in Cross-Country meets against youth in other middle schools in Charlotte and the culminating event, which is the Footlocker Regional competition comprising of youth from 15 States in the Southeast.