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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ING Run For Something Better® Grant Program Now Open
Revamped Website Offers Easier Application Process for 2013
This holiday season ING U.S. is celebrating its fourth year of giving schools nationwide a unique opportunity to help students discover a passion for running and living a healthy lifestyle through its ING Run For Something Better School Awards. In partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the 2013 grant cycle is now open with improvements that simplify the application process. A minimum of 50 grants will be given in 2013.
The updated website includes streamlined content and resources including an application cheat sheet and informational videos in a user friendly interface. "NASPE is proud to enhance its partnership with ING U.S. in helping to make it easier for educators to get the resources they need to keep physical activity thriving in schools," said Cheryl Richardson, senior director of programs, NASPE/AAHPERD. "Last year ING awarded 50 grants of up to $2,500 each. In times when physical education programs and after school activities are the first to be cut from budgets, these funds truly make the difference in helping maintain a culture of physical activity, health and fitness, and to help meet the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day," added Richardson.
The ING Run For Something Better School awards are available for programs that target kindergarten through 8th grade levels. The grant supports a minimum of an eight-week, school-based running program that concludes with a culminating running event in celebration of the students' achievements. A minimum of 50 grants of up to $2,500 each will be available. A $1,000 grant is awarded immediately, with additional funds awarded based on the participation in the program. A NASPE review board, made up of physical education teachers and administrators, review all applications and select the recipients.
In addition, schools can download unique running lesson plans developed by NASPE and based on the National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) to serve as the foundation of the running program or to supplement an existing school program. Other program materials - such as sample eight-week training plans, distance logs and a running journal - will be available to help in the development of running skills and preparation for a final running event.
ING Run For Something Better was established in 2003 as a way to give back to local communities. Since its inception, more than 155,000 children have participated in the program, collectively running more than 4.5 million miles.
"We're thrilled the ING Run For Something Better School Awards continues to provide teachers with the additional resources they need to get their students on the road to a healthier lifestyle," said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility.
To learn about the program, including complete eligibility requirements and to apply for the grant, visit NASPE's web site. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm.