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 Youth Impact Programs

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July 2016

Governor Doug Ducey and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, announced Arizona’s three winning schools that will each receive a $100K Don’t Quit! Fitness Center.

This multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign has named the following as the state’s most outstanding schools for demonstrating new and innovative ways forpromoting student physical activity and wellness.

      • Hollinger K-8 in Tucson
      • Hulet Elementary/Junior High in Holbrook, and
      • Stanfield Elementary in Stanfield 

Click here to read the full press release.

The new fitness centers will be dedicated at ribbon cutting ceremonies this fall. Stay tuned for more information, and thanks to all for participating!

June 2016

Governor Doug Ducey announced June 2, 2016 that Phoenix-area Title 1 middle schools are eligible to participate in youth impact program funding through the T. Denny Sanford Inspirement Tribe grant beginning this fall. Funding awarded through the grant will be used to create safe spaces for students to receive free youth impact programming for three hours every day during the school year. The program delivers unique advancement opportunities in academics, sports and fitness, and personal and leadership development after the bell rings at the close of the school day. Eligible schools must apply for grant funding between June 1 and June 30.

“I'm thankful to T. Denny Sanford for his generosity and commitment to Arizona students," said Governor Ducey. “The Inspirement Tribe philosophy encourages our middle school youth to value service to others and to begin to see themselves as leaders of a new generation. I am optimistic this program is going to have an extraordinary impact in the lives of these young people - and I look forward to working with Denny and his team on this project.”

T. Denny Sanford Inspirement Tribe provides $500,000 in matching funds for innovative, student-centered youth impact programs to eligible Title 1 schools. The core principles of Inspirement Tribe programs are based upon the foundation of learning that supports a student’s long-term vision for success in life. Through a unique mix of academic, enrichment and wellness experiential learning, the Inspirement Tribe programs create the foundation for leadership success and student achievement at a higher level. Inspirement Tribe programs are research-based and results-driven, using curriculum designed by combining the six principles of Inspirement – responsibility, accountability, possibility, integrity, urgency and courage – to create a learning experience with lasting impact. Awarded schools will receive one year of youth impact programming during the after school hours. Schools must be able to commit at least $70,000 in matching funds and able to commit 70-120 students to attend daily programming after school.

“It is my privilege to support the students of Arizona through Inspirement Tribe,” said Sanford. “Their programs empower the youth of today to be the trailblazers of tomorrow, and I am honored to bring these youth-impact programs to the state.”

For more information about the Inspirement Tribe or to apply for the grant online, visit


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April 2016

Three Arizona schools will be awarded $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness centers, Governor Doug Ducey announced April 12, 2016.

The fitness centers are part of Arizona's participation in the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils’ (NFGFC) National Fitness Champion campaign, which helps fight childhood obesity through physical fitness. The nationwide campaign, championed by fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the NFGFC, recognizes and rewards elementary and middle schools that demonstrate new and innovative ways of introducing physical activity and wellness into their curriculum. The three Arizona schools selected by the NFGFC as competition winners will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center for their accomplishments. The nomination process opens today and will run through the end of May.

“I am a firm believer in health and fitness and I’m honored this great organization has chosen to encourage physical fitness in Arizona schools,” said Governor Ducey. “Bringing wellness and physical activity to our students is key to helping them lead long, healthy lives. I wholeheartedly encourage every elementary and middle school in Arizona to join this crucial effort -- and get in the running for a brand new fitness center."

“I’ve declared war on childhood obesity and it’s inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Ducey immediately jump on board and welcome us into their state to help fight this disease,” said Jake Steinfeld. “Now, Arizona schools have an opportunity to stop childhood obesity in its tracks and make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future.”

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years. Each fitness center awarded as a top prize is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, The CareMore Foundation and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Additionally, TuffStuff Fitness International provides all the fitness equipment.

Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism, and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

For more information about the NFGFC or to download a nomination form for your school, visit

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