National Fitness Foundation Succeeds in GlobalGiving's Accelerator, Becomes Recognized Partner of GlobalGiving

(October 2, 2019) National Fitness Foundation announced today that they have graduated from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, gaining entry into the GlobalGiving marketplace and becoming a recognized partner of GlobalGiving. As part of the Accelerator, National Fitness Foundation successfully raised $7,600 from 64 unique individual donors to support their project, "Ensure all youth in America have access to sports!."

"We're thrilled to have National Fitness Foundation as part of our community. National Fitness Foundation has met our rigorous vetting standards for trust and community support, and we're committed to providing tools, training, and support as they learn, grow and become more effective," said Alix Guerrier, CEO of GlobalGiving. "GlobalGiving donors value the opportunity to support nonprofits like National Fitness Foundation, knowing that they'll get regular updates about how their donations are put to work."

"There are countless statistics linking a youth's involvement in sport to both their emotional and physical health, and yet too many children don't have the resources to participate. No child should sit on the sidelines! The National Endowment for Youth Sports will raise more than $100M over the next decade to provide annual and ongoing grants for youth sports programs throughout the United States, and especially programs targeting girls and children in economically-disadvantaged areas. Join us.", said Heidi Webb, project leader at National Fitness Foundation. "Visit our project, 'Ensure all youth in America have access to sports!' to learn how even $10 can make a difference: http://goto.gg/41950. We're $0 away from our overall goal of $7,600."

About National Fitness Foundation
The National Fitness Foundation enables a healthier tomorrow by supporting youth sports participation.

About GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. GlobalGiving makes it possible for local organizations to access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective and make the world a better place. Any registered nonprofit is welcome to apply for the GlobalGiving Accelerator Program: GlobalGiving.org/accelerator/

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SportsEngine and NBC Sports with the National Fitness Foundation are raising funds for youth soccer clubs across America.

Now through October 11, SportsEngine & NBC Sports will solicit donations for the National Endowment for Youth Sports (NYES), the endowment of the National Fitness Foundation. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for underserved soccer clubs across America. The National Fitness Foundation is the only congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on health and fitness. The Foundation develops corporate partnerships to help expand youth sport participation in America. It is the official charity of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.

SportsEngine, NBC Sports' youth sports division, is dedicated to increasing sports participation and ensuring a healthy and fit future for the next generation youth in America. Through our SportsEngine.com directory, we connect families with the right youth sports opportunities in their area.

Ivanka Trump presents ‘National Youth Sports Strategy’ at Fort Dupont Ice Arena with Tom Wilson and John Carlson

Thursday morning at Fort Dupont Ice Arena, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and advisor to and daughter of the President, Ivanka Trump, presented the Trump Administration’s National Youth Sports Strategy.

According to Azar, the strategy will give “$6.7 million in grants to 18 organizations in 13 states as part of [their] youth in sports initiative.”

Azar then thanked the NHL and Monumental Sports and Entertainment for their support of youth programs. The Nationals’ youth baseball academy and Fort Dupont Ice Arena, both of which support underserved youth in the D.C. area, will be two of the strategy’s financial recipients.

In attendance from the Capitals’ organization were players Tom Wilson and John Carlson, mascot Slapshot, former Capital and current color analyst Craig Laughlin. Neal Henderson, co-founder of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club and recent US Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, was also present.

According to the Department of Health, the Strategy will offer “actionable strategies” and be a “resource for policymakers and key decision-makers in youth sports. It aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all young people will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code.”

The Hill, a website that covers politics and policy, was also documenting the event. Alex Azar thanked Ivanka Trump for her “leadership and multifaceted work to improve the lives of American children.”

Laughlin interviewed Hall of Famer-er Pat LaFontaine about the event during the intermission of Wednesday night’s preseason game against the St. Louis Blues. “[T]wo years ago, we launched the Declaration of Principles and that was the global hockey community coming together on our values,” LaFontaine said.

“Putting a stake in the ground and saying this is who we are. It wasn’t just the highest levels… And really our values and principles make us who we are. What was exciting was that no one has done that in sports. The hockey world globally signed on.”

Staff writer for NHL.com William Douglas reported that as part of Thursday’s event LaFontaine was named as the liaison between the Board of Directors for the congressionally chartered nonprofit, the National Fitness Foundation, and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.

The connection with the NHL was visible as well as ideological. Video from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ live feed of the event shows the participants walking out on a red carpet emblazoned with “Washington Capitals,” with the podium resting on the Weagle’s head.

National Fitness Foundation and Los Angeles Chargers Announce Partnership

The Los Angeles Chargers and National Fitness Foundation (NFF) today announced an important partnership aimed at supporting and expanding youth sport and athletics participation in the United States.

The Chargers, who for decades have been a leading advocate for youth sports initiatives, are the first professional sports franchise to support the National Youth Sports Strategy – a comprehensive physical activity plan for American youth authored by the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. In addition, the Chargers are also supporting the National Endowment for Youth Sports – an endowment dedicated to furthering the goals and objectives of the National Youth Sports Strategy.

Through this partnership, the Chargers are making the NFF’s National Youth Sports Strategy a key component of the team’s youth and high school football programming beginning with Chargers Fantennial Weekend. The weekend, a celebration of the NFL’s centennial and Charger’s 60th season, officially begins Friday, Sept. 20 when current and former Chargers visit Crenshaw High School for the school’s Friday Night Lights match-up against Lawndale High School. Crenshaw Head Coach Robert Garrett was named the Chargers Coach of the Year in 2017 and was subsequently honored as the NFL Don Shula Coach of the Year from a list of 32 finalists. Lining up across from Garrett is Lawndale Head Coach Travis Clark, the 2018 Chargers Coach of the Year who led the Cardinals to a State Championship the same year. Prior to the battle of high school powerhouses, both school’s head coaches will be invited to sign the American Youth Sports Pledge, a commitment to honoring the values of youth sports in America.

For nearly two decades, the Chargers have teamed up with the NFL to host the team's High School Football Coach of the Week program. Annually, this program recognizes high school football coaches who have made a difference in the lives of their players through leadership, hard work and a special dedication to their young scholar athletes. Each winning coach receives a monetary award for their school's athletic department. In 2017, the Chargers High School Football Coach of the Week program expanded to Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. In each county, 10 coaches are selected for the honor annually, with three coaches of the year (one in each county) honored with another monetary award for their respective athletic department. Additionally, one coach is nominated by the team for the NFL’s national honor.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the team will host a Fantennial Bolts Bash at The Grove LA to recognize fans for their support and honor Chargers Legends involved in the top 10 plays/moments in franchise history. That evening, all Legends and local elected officials on-hand for the celebration will be invited to sign the American Youth Sports Pledge.

The Chargers Fantennial Weekend concludes Sunday, Sept. 22, with the annual Legends game as the Chargers host the Houston Texans. Prior to the game, the team will operate a Quarterback Toss drill on the stadium concourse and will invite fans to sign the American Youth Sports Pledge at that time. During the game, the Chargers will run video re-caps promoting the National Youth Sports Strategy, National Endowment for Youth Sports and the American Youth Sports Pledge.

Since 2017, the Chargers have hosted 159 Junior Chargers Training Camps (Play60s) throughout Southern California and impacted nearly 15,000 youth. Additionally, in 2018, the Chargers announced a three-year, seven-figure investment in Summer Night Lights youth sports programming through the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and the GRYD Foundation. For over a decade, Summer Night Lights has kept recreation centers and parks open and provided free programming to youth and adults during late evening hours to keep vulnerable youth off the streets. The Chargers support ensures that youth sports programming at all 32 locations across Los Angeles remain free, providing a safe place for kids to play in their neighborhoods.

“We're excited to partner with the Los Angeles Chargers,” said Clay Walker, Executive Director of the National Fitness Foundation. "The Chargers and Spanos family’s long-term commitment and generous support for local youth football makes the franchise an ideal partner for launching a National Youth Sports Strategy aimed at increasing youth sports participation in America.”

“The Spanos Family is well known for its generous support of local youth and high school football. In fact, the Chargers are the only NFL team to be recognized as NFL Team of the Year twice by the National Pop Warner Little Scholars organization,” said Fred Maas, Chief of Staff of the Los Angeles Chargers. “Given the franchise’s long-standing support of local youth sports and commitment to running as many activations as possible within our community, we believe this is the ideal partnership and are honored to become the first professional franchise to support the National Youth Sports Strategy and the National Endowment for Youth Sports.”

National Youth Sports Strategy Announcement

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The NFF is collaborating with ODPHP, CDC, and PCSFN to launch a national strategy dedicated to expanding youth sports participation in America. The announcement is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST. The event is free and open to the public. Please pre-register by sending an e-mail to rsvp.fitness@hhs.gov or by calling 240-276-9567. Registration for public attendance must be completed before 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Hubert H. Humphrey Building
The Great Hall
200 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201