The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2013 recipients of more than $27 million in Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants. New PEP grants will be distributed to 56 school districts and community-based organizations across the country, including the Yukon-Koyukuk School District in Fairbanks, Alaska, the YMCA of Southern Indiana and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Va.

Additionally, nearly $51 million will be used to fund the second and third years of PEP grants awarded for FY 2011 and 2012. The average new PEP grant will be approximately $482,000, and funds typically are used to purchase fitness and sports equipment and to train PE teachers in innovative methods of physical education.

According to the Department of Education, grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting their state standards for physical education and offer instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition. The money also goes toward opportunities for professional development for physical education teachers.

Click here to see the complete list of the 2013 PEP grant winners, posted on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

Click here to see all previous PEP grant winners, as well as eligibility and application information.

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), founded by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, has provided more than $620 million to deserving schools and organizations since 2001.