The Foundation is proud to lead national programs and initiatives designed to prepare children for a lifetime of health and fitness. Through grant opportunities, professional development and thought-leadership, our investment in effective programming helps to drive local and national impact in youth fitness and physical education.
Physical education is the most evidenced-based solution to get students active today and fit for life. At the heart of the Foundation is the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the national model for fitness education and assessment in schools.
Established in 2012 , the program modernized fitness education in school physical education classrooms by emphasizing student health, goal setting, and personal progress.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program drives excellence in physical education by providing free access to high quality resources, including:
- Accredited training for physical educators
- The national youth fitness assessment standards
- Student & school recognition items
- Grants for equipment, professional development, recognition & more!
Through available in-person and online training options, fitness education champions can receive program tools, best practices & implementation tactics.
The Foundation is a founding member of the Aspen Institute’s Project Play 2020 initiative, a multi-year commitment to boost youth sports participation rates for kids, regardless of ability or zip code. As a partner of Project Play: Baltimore, the Foundation supports Baltimore-area physical education programs through providing grants and Presidential Youth Fitness Program resources. The Foundation also serves as co-chair of the Project Play 2020 Sports Sampling Working Group.