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October 2018


Foundation Celebrates Sports Innovations

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Grant Awarded to Chattanooga Nature Play Area - October 2018

Obesity Continues to Challenge America's Health - October 2018

Grant Program Funds Keep America Beautiful Initiatives - October 2018

Nation's Pediatricians Emphasize Power of Play - October 2018

Step Into Swim Continues to Create New Swimmers - September 2018

Pickleball Benefits Older Adults - September 2018

NSPF Endorses MAHC Adoption - September 2018

Cities Spend More on Public Parks in 2018 - September 2018

Be Ready for Back-to-School Sports - August 2018

NRPA, Pool Safely Partner on Water & Recreation Safety - August 2018

States Make Progress Toward Active Transportation - August 2018

IHRSA Briefing Looks at Club Employees vs. Contractors - August 2018

ACSM & Wellcoaches Expand Offerings for Fitness Pros - July 2018

Grants Help Local Trail Projects - July 2018

Grant to Boost Meals & Nutrition for Kids - July 2018

Trust for Public Land Releases ParkServe Database - July 2018

CPSC Asks for Vigilance to Prevent Child Drowning - July 2018

TPL Earns NEA Grant to Explore Creative Placemaking - June 2018

High Visa Denial Rates Could Affect Pools - June 2018

Make a Splash Campaign Teaches Millions to Swim - June 2018

Communities Can Earn Grants for Dog Park Development - June 2018

National Golf Day Celebrates Green Practices - May 2018

YMCA Recognized for Diversity - May 2018

Americans Support Pollinator Health, And Parks Can Help - May 2018

How to Encourage Play—Everywhere! - April 2018

Partnership, Grants to Boost Mountain Bike Trail Development - April 2018

Parks & Recreation Supports More Than 1.1 Million Jobs - April 2018

Club Pilates Grows With New Training Facility - April 2018

IHRSA Sees Positive Growth for Fitness Pros - April 2018

Denver's Freedom Park Wins Grant for Public Art - March 2018

NSPF, Counsilman-Hunsaker Partner to Create App for Aquatic Facility Managers - March 2018

More Than 330 Million Recreation Visits Recorded in 2017 for National Park System - March 2018

Study Shows Economic Benefits of the Great Outdoors - March 2018

Parks for Inclusion Initiative Aims to Expand Reach to All Americans - February 2018

SHAPE America, NFL & Partners Collaborate on Training for Health & P.E. Educators - February 2018

CPSC Offers $1.1 Million in Pool Safely Grants - February 2018

Bipartisan PHIT Act Could Boost America's Wellness - February 2018

China Plant Shutdowns May Affect Pool Operations & Budgets - January 2018

Arlington County 'Pulls Together' to Remove Invasive Plants - January 2018

Youth Sports Participation Increases for Underserved Kids - January 2018

Study: Physical Activity Boosts Learning Time - January 2018

Preventing Germs in Gyms: What Works? - December 2017

Study: Laws Reduce Recurrent Concussions - December 2017

Grants Awarded for Urban Water & Wildlife Habitat Restoration - December 2017

APSP University Launches New Certification Course - November 2017

New Series Aims to Empower Students With Healthy Habits - November 2017

US Club Soccer Puts Focus on Player Safety - November 2017

New Initiative Aims to Ensure All Have Access to Parks & Rec - November 2017

L.A. Parks Earn Mostly Positive Report Card - October 2017

Health Club Memberships Up, Led by Youth & Older Adults - October 2017

Dallas Park Recognized With ASLA Award - October 2017

Adult Obesity Rates Leveling Off - October 2017

Improving Kids' Wellness—In the Classroom - October 2017

By Dave Ramont

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has worked for more than 45 years to improve health and healthcare in America, believing that everyone deserves a fair opportunity for health and well-being. And recently the foundation announced 14 finalists for the 2018 Sports Award, with the winners to be announced at an awards ceremony on Nov. 15 in Princeton, N.J.

The Sports Award recognizes organizations, individuals and professional teams that incorporate innovative and collaborative approaches to make their communities healthier places through sport. Some of these efforts include creating more opportunities for kids living in poverty, promoting exercise and healthy eating habits, creating safe play environments, and working to stop abuse, bullying and violence.

The award categories include:

  • A professional sports team community relations department or foundation
  • An individual athlete or professional coaches foundation
  • An organization that is an influential leader and model for others

Past winners include the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism, San Francisco Giants Community Fund, PeacePlayers International and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

This year's group of finalists include Soccer without Borders, which uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change by running youth development programs in underserved communities, often serving immigrant and refugee populations.

Row New York uses the discipline of rowing along with academic support to transform the lives of New Yorkers. Their programs not only empowers youth-including those with disabilities-to become healthy, competitive athletes, but to also instill in them a love of learning and a capacity to realize their full potential.

In South Seattle, the All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP) uses Ultimate Frisbee to promote community-building and youth leadership programs, particularly among young women of color.

The Border Youth Tennis Exchange offers professional-quality tennis classes and after-school academic mentorship to kids on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

Building lives and uniting communities is the mission of Snider Hockey, which combines the allure of hockey with the goal of maximizing scholastic achievement with their After-School Excellence Program.

In Washington, D.C., the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy fosters academic achievement, positive character development and improved health among youth from underserved communities using the sports of baseball and softball as vehicles.

Tony Sanneh, who played on the U.S. Men's National Team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, established The Sanneh Foundation (TSF) which serves Minnesota's diverse youth population. Their mission is to empower youth by promoting and supporting academic success, improve lives by strengthening physical health and social and emotional development, and unite communities by advancing diversity, equity and community well-being.

Other RWJF Sports Award finalists include Kids Play International, Figure Skating in Harlem, the LA84 Foundation, the Lakeshore Foundation, Soccer in the Streets, the United States Association of Blind Athletes and New York City's City in the Community.


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