Gov. encourages schools to apply for grants

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has encouraged West Virginia public elementary and middle schools to apply for the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council’s Fitness Center Grant as part of the youth fitness campaign announced earlier this month.

The National Foundation will select three schools to be named National Champion Schools and receive a $100,000 state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center.

“In the past weeks, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about how we can provide our kids the best education possible and better prepare them for their futures. Although we’ve focused our attention on building strong minds, it is just as important they understand the importance of a strong body,” Tomblin said. “I partnered with Jake Steinfeld on the National Champion Schools campaign because I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for our schools to promote fitness and encourage our kids to be active.”

“Our children’s future success depends not only on their academic achievement but also on their health and well-being,” said State Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares. “The fact is the more health risks children face, the less likely they are to succeed in school. Any opportunity to bolster fitness programs in West Virginia schools is encouraged and embraced.”

Nominations must be received by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils by May 3. To download the nomination form, anyone interested can visit

Completed forms can be emailed to or mailed to National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, 1416 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97211.