It is our pleasure to report on the successful turnout for our Athletes for Active Schools week, with so many of you getting involved. We appreciate all of the generous support and participation, whether it was speaking to a school about the importance of physical activity or joining us on social media from around the country!
Some of the ways you got involved include:
School visits: Professional and Olympic athletes from over 15 different sports visited elementary and middle schools around the country, inspiring students to pursue active lifestyles. Their message– the importance of physical activity. Some of the notable athletes who visited schools include Track & Field Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross, Portland Timbers Professional Soccer Player Nat Borches, and Olympic Skier Emily Cook.
#5forPE Video Challenge: We were thrilled with the support for the #5forPE video challenge, which helped spread the word about the campaign and motivate friends and family to get active. To complete the challenge, individuals recorded themselves doing five exercises and nominating five friends to do the same. Two of our athletes, professional soccer players Heather O’Reilly and Yael Averbuch, filmed their #5forPE video together at an active school with students.
Twitter Chat: Our #ActiveSchools Twitter chat fostered a discussion on the importance of physical education and activity, which generated over 1.5 million impressions! This could not have been possible without the support and commitment of our partners on the chat, including Let’s Move! Active Schools, Alliance For A Healthier Generation, Partnership For A Healthier America, Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Shape America. In case you missed it, a recap of the conversation can be found here.
Thank you again to all the athletes, supporters, and partners for participating and for helping us elevate this important topic and campaign to greater heights!
June 24, 2015 – The Washington Spirit Professional Women’s Soccer team took time out of their busy schedule to meet with children at the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in conjunction with charity Hope For Henry. Spirit players Caprice Dydasco, Megan Oyster, Jenn Skogerboe, Estelle Johnson, Lyndse Hokason, Amanda DaCosta, and Kelsey Wys joined for the visit. The players spent time in the pediatrics wing, brightening the day of the children with balloons, lots of picture taking, signing soccer balls, and delivering cupcakes.
Throughout the year, Hope for Henry team DC area hospitals to provide patients with celebrations, including special visits by athletes and authors, pamper parties for girls and their mothers, movie nights, and more. We are thankful to have such amazing partners such as Hope for Henry and the Washington Spirit, and we are looking forward to the next event.
AFH facilitated workshops for both the women’s soccer and volleyball teams at LSU, as well as follow up workshops with the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The LSU women’s basketball had their first visit in conjunction with Girls on the Run at Forest Heights Academy of Excellence. The connection was a smashing success as the young girls participated in a variety of team-building and fitness activities that involved cheers, chants and a lot of high fives. It was engaging and fun on both fronts and inspiring for the 3rd to 5th grade girls to see successful women at LSU cheering them on through their journey!
Today at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Building a Healthier Future Summit, Let’s Move! Active Schools announced that Athletes for Hope will join its national collaborative aimed at ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity is the new norm in schools across the country.
In its role as a Let’s Move! Active Schools Partner, Athletes for Hope will administer an athlete visit program, connecting schools with sports leaders who can speak with students about the importance of physical activity.
Studies show that active kids do better: Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class and lower rates of childhood obesity.
Since Let’s Move! Active Schools’ March 2013 launch, more than 14,300 schools have registered, and more than 8 million students have been impacted by the initiative. Let’s Move! Active Schools strives to reach 50,000 schools and 25 million students by 2018.
If you are an athlete or a league and are interested in visiting an Active School, please email us today!
We are excited to report that we got an incredible turnout for our week of service with so many of you visiting charities throughout the country! If you want to help spread awareness of the great work our athletes are doing and have done this year you. Do so by taking a moment to share the inspiration through one of the outlets below:
Donate your Facebook or Twitter status to AFH
Ask your followers and fans to learn more about what we do at AFH.
Post to Twitter:
I’m donating this tweet to @Ath4Hope. Follow them today and learn athletes like me are giving back all over the country. #AFHGiveBack
Post to Facebook:
I’m donating my status to Athletes for Hope. Follow them today and learn athletes like me are giving back all over the country. www.facebook.com/AthletesForHope #AFHGiveBack
Follow along on our website, on Facebook and Twitter as we highlight some of the big give backs of 2014. We encourage you to share these moments with your friends, family and fans and spread the word about how Athletes for Hope is connecting athletes to causes all over the US.