Source: Good Sports Quincy, MA, May 22, 2013 - In the past decade, more than 500,000 kids have hit the country's fields and courts with donated uniforms, shoes, balls and other equipment, thanks to Good Sports, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit dedicated to partnering with manufacturers to provide youth with sporting goods. Now, the organization is celebrating the donation of $8.8 million in sports and fitness equipment over 10 years, as well as more than a half-million kids outfitted for physical activity. An inaugural donation of 500 basketballs from Spalding, donated to local Boston-area sports organizations, kicked the program off in 2003. Since then, Good Sports has expanded from Massachusetts to 41 states across the country, serving youth in 22 diverse sports - from volleyball to boating, soccer to gymnastics. To date, the nonprofit has helped more than 1,000 youth sports teams, leagues and clubs, channeling donated sports equipment from top-of-the-line manufacturers to organizations in need. As a result, 69 percent of recipient organizations reported serving more youth, while 68 percent dropped participation costs for families; 64 percent started new athletic programs. Melissa Harper and Christy Keswick, the organization's executive duo and members of the founding team behind Good Sports, believe all kids deserve the chance to play, and receive the vast health and social benefits of regular activity, regardless of where they live and family income. Looking ahead, Harper and Keswick hope to build on the nonprofit's impressive first decade of growth, as they believe at least five million more kids need help getting on the field. "Physical activity is critical for child development, not only physically but academically and emotionally," Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper said. "Kids from advantaged backgrounds should not be the only ones to benefit from sports and fitness. All kids should have the opportunity to play, and we are committed to making that a reality." Good Sports' success stems from its mutually-beneficial partnership model, which since inception has included 114 relationships with sporting goods manufacturers and corporations. Partners benefit from channeling donation requests through Good Sports, generating a strong return on investment, in addition to the positive marketing and public relations benefits. Equipment partners, like New Balance, Easton-Bell Sports, Reebok and Wilson, further benefit through significant operational efficiencies gained through a donation partnership with the organization, as it allows them to easily shed surplus products. Good Sports also collaborates with numerous corporate partners, including several Fortune 500 companies. Professional athletes and teams also partner to deliver donations and serve as role models; pro partners include Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, Carl Landry of the Golden State Warriors and Corey Wooten of the Chicago Bears, as well as pro sports teams, including the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia Eagles. Good Sports' model works because all parties recognize the pressing need to support American sports and fitness programs. Children benefit from constructive outlets and physical activity, and today's kids are in dire need of healthy opportunities. One in three American children are overweight or obese, a number that has more than tripled since 1980, even as fitness and athletic opportunities decline, particularly in urban areas. The 2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least one hour of daily activity for youth, but research shows only 42 percent of children between 6 and 11, and only 8 percent of teens, accomplish this. In fact, more than 50 percent of kids stop playing sports by 12 years old. Good Sports serves youth up to 18 years old in diverse communities - from 16,000 kids at a popular Boston community center to small teams in Iowa farmland - in a cohesive, passionate effort to counteract these negative and unhealthy trends. About Good SportsGood Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $8 million worth of equipment to 1,000 youth programs, impacting more than 500,000 kids.
- by Emily Attwood
- May 2013
Palm Desert, CA – CLARO, a full service swimming pool maintenance and repair company, (www.claropools.com), is (in part) presenting the 2nd Annual YMCA community Swim Clinic, in close partnership with the Swim to Win Foundation, City of Palm Desert, Family YMCA of the Desert, Stephen Little and others on May 10, 2014 at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, located in Palm Desert, California. Last year, over 2,500 people from the Coachella Valley and six Olympians participated in the inaugural event.
Stephen Little, CEO of CLARO, established the Swim to Win Foundation in 2013, specifically to address the need for teaching all children about swimming and pool safety. As a USA Masters swimmer and past competitor, Steve is passionate about making the aquatic lifestyle fun and safe for everyone. “This had never been accomplished before. We had Olympians from every Olympic games between 1976-2012 teaching thousands of children water safety. It was amazing and we can’t wait to hold our second annual event this year on May 10th with even more Olympians joining in on the festivities,” said Stephen Little.
Olympians slated to teach at this year’s event are Janet Evans, Rowdy Gaines, Jason Lezak, Aaron Peirsol, Chloe Sutton, Brian Goodell, Rada Owen and Kaitlin Sandeno. The Olympians will also be available throughout the day to sign autographs. Finally at the end of the day they will have an inaugural event, “A DONOR and a CHAMPION” where donors will race against legendary swimmers in a contest of speed and style to benefit swimming programs in the Coachella Valley. Activities begin at 9:00am on Saturday May 10th. Those interested in participation need to call and make arrangements to be included in this clinic.
In addition to organizing and coordinating the May event “Just add SWIM”, Steve Little and CLARO will donate one Learn to Swim scholarship with every new pool maintenance contract between now and May 31, 2014. The scholarships will be given to children through local swim clubs and the Family YMCA of the Desert. “I think it is important for businesses to give back. Join myself and CLARO and we can all help support swim safety programs, swimmers and healthy lifestyles,” said Mr. Little.
The 2nd Annual Clinic, Just add SWIM, is being completely underwritten by the Swim to Win Foundation, City of Palm Desert, Family YMCA of the Desert and Stephen Little. For more information on the event, please visit www.swimtowin.org, or call Stephen Little at 760-341-3377.
Claro is a Palm Desert full service pool company; founded in June of 2000 as Hire Standards, Their unwavering commitment to provide the best pool services in the industry is the cornerstone of their business. For more information, please contact Stephen Little at 760-341-3377, visit their website at www.claropools.com, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.read more
Source: Fitness on Demand
MINNEAPOLIS (Apr. 22, 2014) – Fitness on Demand’s digital, on-demand programming featuring hundreds of group fitness classes is now available to college campuses across the country with specially-designed playlists that appeal to the students’ interests and schedules.
Founded in 2011, Fitness on Demand offers hundreds of digital classes available to fitness spaces that often sit empty for hours at a time. In addition, Fitness on Demand will provide colleges and universities with a solution to the high demand for fitness amenities on campuses at a fraction of the cost required for live instructors. The company, which has grown over 130 percent in the past year can also be found in hotels, residential complexes, worksites, assisted living centers, and health clubs and is reinventing the way group fitness is delivered with:
•Fully integrated on-demand system with dedicated support
•Growing library of fitness classes with more added every month
•Premier group content from world-class fitness providers like Les Mills and Daily Burn
•Classes also available in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
The Fitness on Demand Campus Collection is a list of digital classes offered for colleges and universities. The selection was compiled from the most popular workout video choices among students at institutions where Fitness on Demand is already established.
“Fitness centers in general are always looking for ways to make their spaces more accessible and efficient, and our digital programming has proven to increase participation and give options of both live and digital classes,” said Garrett Marshall, Business Development Director for Fitness on Demand. “We expect to see the same kind of enthusiasm for Fitness on Demand on college campuses as we’ve seen in fitness facilities around the world.”
About Fitness On Demand:
Fitness On Demand, available in more than 1,000 locations in four different languages across 16 countries, is a premier provider of a video based delivery system that hosts more than 600 group fitness classes. Fitness on Demand is available for use in health and wellness facilities at hotels, university campuses, residential complexes, worksites, assisted living centers, and health clubs. Virtual classes, including kick boxing, yoga, cycling and dance are taught by world-class instructors, and can be played on demand, or at pre-scheduled times, offering unparalleled flexibility and access to a variety of classes. For more information, visit fitnessondemand247.com.read more
Source: American Council on Exercise
SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2014 – A partnership between the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and San Diego-based Troy Apps Software has turned the highly successful ACE Academy Elite interactive study guide for aspiring personal trainers into a native iPad app that caters to a new school of learners in a digital age.
ACE Academy Elite for iPad, developed using the Troy Apps Mobile Learning Tool platform, delivers an enhanced study experience using only one device. In addition to marrying new features including tap-and-expand graphics, tappable glossary terms and custom note organization, the app syncs all progress to the desktop version of ACE Academy Elite.
“We want to cater to a new age of more technically savvy learners, and ACE Academy Elite for iPad helps us do that using a platform we know is effective,” said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. “Offering this option helps a wider range of aspiring personal trainers obtain the knowledge and skills they need to launch their careers and contribute to the national response to the obesity epidemic and other chronic diseases.”
Based on the original, Web-based version of ACE Academy Elite, the iPad app offers a comprehensive study experience using video lectures led by ACE Certified professionals, custom progress tracking and lesson quizzes, in addition to digital versions of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual and ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals texts.
Candidates who utilize ACE Academy Elite throughout the entire study process reduce preparation time for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam to 12 weeks and pass the NCCA-accredited exam on their first attempt 87 percent of the time, according to data collected since the self-paced experience launched in July 2012.
“The native iPad app we developed with ACE helps break down the material into a digestible format that working parents, full-time students and others who are constantly on the go will be able to easily access and learn,” said Troy Apps Software CEO Michael Trautt. “The feature-rich, interactive mobile app allows them to prepare for an exam from virtually anywhere, anytime.”
The new ACE Academy Elite for iPad was formally introduced at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Annual Convention & Trade Show in San Diego March 12-15 and is available for a limited time free with the purchase of an ACE Personal Trainer Premium Plus study bundle.
The nonprofit American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and speaks for a growing network of 50,000-plus fitness professionals, health coaches and other wellness experts, a community ACE is leading more directly into the fight against physical inactivity and obesity. ACE advocates for recognition of its profession as a provider of primary prevention and obesity-management services, and ACE makes available to the public science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity and general healthy living. Headquartered in San Diego, ACE is the largest provider of health and fitness certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence, ensuring people have access to fitness, health, and wellness professionals that are properly trained, qualified and capable. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.
About Troy Apps Software:
Troy Apps Software has focused on building native iPad apps for business since the launch of the iPad. Based in San Diego, our expertise includes mobile sales enablement, marketing presentations, education and training. For more than 20 years, we have helped companies transform their printed materials to interactive digital formats. Our beautiful native iPad apps turn catalogs, training materials and presentations into feature-rich, interactive mobile apps designed to increase employee productivity and sales while reducing printing and marketing costs. With Troy Apps Software, you can immediately recognize a cost savings over print publications. Our catalog apps and training apps save money in three ways: they are less expensive to produce, significantly less to update and never require costly shipping. For more information, call (760) 930-9200 or visit www.troyapps.com.read more