The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) mission is “to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.”  By handing out fitness centers to schools in all fifty states, they plan on enhancing the health of future U.S. generations. On June 11, NFGFC worked together with Missouri Governor Mike Parson to decide which Missouri schools would receive a DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center, which is valued at $100,000 apiece, fully funded by NFGFC.
NFGFC believes that physical activity helps keep people of all ages happy and healthy, which is why they’ve started a DON’T QUIT! Campaign which awards schools in states across the U.S. a fitness center for the students. NFGFC has given fitness centers to 32 states so far, using financing from public and private partnerships such as The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Foundation, NIKE, and Wheels Up- NFGFC does not rely on government funding or tax dollars.
On Tuesday the fitness campaign announced that three of Missouri’s schools had been selected to receive a fitness center. Neosho Middle School (Neosho School District), West County Middle School (West St. Francois Co. R-IV), and Premier Charter School (St. Louis) were all named the state’s most outstanding schools for keeping their students fit.
“Being physically, mentally, and emotionally fit enhances the overall education of our students,”  Governor Parson said. “It’s exciting that three Missouri schools won state-of-the-art fitness centers. This is just another example that helps our young people become successful.”
“I am thrilled for the students of these three schools and for the opportunities that are ahead,” said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven. “Improving not just the physical fitness, but also the mental and emotional health of a child provides benefits that extend beyond the classroom. Projects such as these help Missouri take another big step towards its goal that all students graduate ready for success.”
- ^“About Us | National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils.” 12 June 2019, natgovfit.org/about-us. (go back↩)
- ^“Three Missouri Schools to Receive State-of the-Art Fitness Centers | Governor Michael L. Parson.” 11 June 2019, governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/three-missouri-schools-receive-state-art-fitness-centers. (go back↩)