In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) brokered commitments with several National Governing Bodies (NGB) of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), along with the US Olympians Association and US Paralympics, to increase opportunities for physical activity among the nation’s youth.
Thanks to commitments from US Olympians Association, US Olympic Committee, US Paralympics, US Soccer Foundation, US Tennis Association USA BMX, USA Cycling, USA Field Hockey, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, USA Volleyball, more than 2.2 million kids got moving in 2012.
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US Olympians Association
sponsored a “Walk to London” initiative leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Through this program, more than 8,000 children walked a total of 5,456 miles – the distance from Los Angeles to London – at 20 free, community-based walks held between April 8 and June 23. More than 250 Olympians and Paralympians participated as walk leaders, and each walk hosted other clinics and sports expos alongside the route.
facilitated more than 500 Paralympic Ambassador visits to schools and community centers and worked with local partners to establish 37 new Paralympic Sports Clubs to reach a total of 200 clubs by the end of this year. In all, US Paralympics reached more than 129,000 young people through free and low-cost programming.
US Soccer Foundation
engaged more than 11,200 kids in 20 cities through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, which provides free, afterschool programming to urban youth.
US Tennis Association (USTA)
engaged more than 900,000 youth in its “10 & Under Tennis” program and trained more than 4,000 physical education professionals in this curriculum. USTA also expanded its National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL) to reach more than 300,000 kids at local partner sites. Additionally, USTA involved 110,000 children in Kids Tennis Clubs that provide afterschool and summer programming in communities across the country. In sum, USTA engaged more than 1.3 million youth in beginning tennis programming in 2012.
USA Cycling and USA BMX
offered free 30-day memberships to tracks and free races/clinics at more than 300 BMX tracks nationwide from June 22-July 1. These efforts engaged more than 200,000 young people.
USA Field Hockey
launched a youth development initiative called Fundamental Field Hockey in an effort to expose the sport to 15,000 children nationwide. Throughout 2012, this initiative engaged more than 19,000 kids in beginner-level field hockey programming, providing free equipment to participants and emphasizing the fun side of physical activity. The program targets elementary schools, community centers, recreation programs and universities to help introduce the sport to local youth.
challenged its local member clubs to host free, introductory clinics and events for National Gymnastics Day on September 22, 2012. These events reached 43,000 individuals – an increase of more than 80% over 2011 USA Gymnastics’ youth engagement.
enrolled more than 470,000 new learn-to-swim participants in its “Make a Splash” program, with 77,000 receiving instruction at no cost. As of December 2012, “Make a Splash’ had partnered with 578 organization and had representation in all 50 states.
USA Track and Field
expanded its youth programming by more than 35% in 2012, reaching more than 140,000 kids across the country. USATF did this by engaging more than 52,000 young athletes in local track clubs, providing motivational assemblies to over 15,000 kids and engaging more than 100,000 kids through partner events with Running USA.
USOC commitment video