Sign ups for Kids Fitness Challenge, Future Leaders Scholarship now open


May 22, 2013
WOBURN – The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation has opened registration for the 2013 spring edition of the Kids Fitness Challenge, June 3 to 7. Principals, physical education and health teachers at elementary and middle schools across the Commonwealth are encouraged to sign up to take part in the Challenge as valuable cash grants will be awarded to selected participating schools.

In November, in excess of 20,000 kids from schools across Massachusetts took part in the fall edition of the Kids Fitness Challenge. Since its inception in the fall of 2006, hundreds of schools and nearly 250,000 elementary and middle school kids from Provincetown to Williamstown have participated in the program, making it a true state-wide event with more than $30,000 in grants having been distributed.

The Kids Fitness Challenge, presented by the Bay State Games with contributing funds from the Boston Bruins Foundation, is a free program designed exclusively for Massachusetts elementary and middle school students. Participating schools and students engage in a 30-minute segment of physical activity from June 3 to 7. Schools can also use an existing program or event, such as a field day, that is scheduled to be held in the weeks preceding or proceeding the dates of the Challenge. The only constraints are that the students must be aware that they are participating in the Kids Fitness Challenge, must meet the 30-minute activity requirement, and have 100 percent student participation. Following the event, a teacher or principal needs only to contact the Bay State Games office to report that the Challenge has been completed, and the school will then be entered into a drawing to win one of four $500 grants. The grant is awarded to the winning school to support health and physical education programs.

To register online, to receive a brochure or for more general information about the Kids Fitness Challenge, please visit BayStateGames.org, call the Bay State Games office at 781-932-6555 or email kidsfitness@baystategames.org.

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The Future Leaders Scholarship's goal is to reward young men and women for their exceptional leadership abilities demonstrated through their community service, academic success, and athletic excellence.

Over the past 20 years, the Future Leaders Scholarship program has distributed over $200,000 to students who wish to further their education. These recipients have represented all regions of the Bay State including the Berkshires and Cape Cod and have attended numerous prestigious institutions including Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Notre Dame.

Student athletes who wish to receive one of six scholarships awarded must be in the 11th grade as of the 2012-13 academic year. Applicants also must agree to participate in the 2013 Bay State Winter or Summer Games. Athletes do not need to make a final roster to be eligible for the scholarship. Interviews for those selected will take place in late June.

Submissions for the scholarship must be posted marked no later than June 12.

Applications are available with high school athletic directors, guidance counselor, or on the Bay State Games website at BayStateGames.org.

For more information regarding the scholarship, please call the Bay State Games' office at 781-932-6555 or email Taylor Kale at taylor@baystategames.org.




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