Posted on Feb 3rd, 2011 | 0 comments
Gary Hall Sr.
Olympian, Swimming 1968, 1972 and 1976
So much is happening with World Fit and so fast, I am likely to leave something out. Here are some of the major highlights since last fall:
- The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed a Resolution commending Team USA from the 2010 Olympics, and supporting Olympic Day and World Fit.
- The World Fit Foundation was incorporated in Florida. The United States Olympians and Paralympians Association (USOPA) unanimously approved the corporate bylaws and the officers and directors of the World Fit Foundation. The USOPA will select one Olympian to serve on the Executive Board and will approve all Olympians serving on the Advisory Board of the World Fit Foundation. Lt. Micki King (diving 68 and 72) was selected by the USOPA to serve on the Executive Board.
- The World Fit Foundation became an official licensee of the Olympic marks and will be allowed to seek support from within and outside (non-competing categories) the Olympic family of sponsors.
- The President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition asked World Fit to help them achieve their goal of reaching one million Americans who earn the President’s Active Lifestyle Award this year. World Fit is a proud partner of the President’s Council for this goal.
- At this moment, over 100 Olympians, Paralympians and other athletes have registered and shown their support for World Fit. More are registering each week. There are 7,000 of us in the USA and we are all needed in this effort.
- All 43 countries that were represented at the Olympic Congress meeting in Ft. Myers Florida expressed an interest in starting a World Fit program using their own Olympians and Paralympians to mentor their youth. World Fit will consider global expansion in 2012.
- World Fit is on its way toward its goal of enlisting 200 schools in America for the 2011 World Fit Walk. We need help in order to reach that number, so please encourage any middle school you may know, whether public, private, charter or k-8 schools to register for the Walk today.
My son, Gary Jr, asked me to change a word in our mission statement when we were crafting it. He said to change the word ‘curb’ childhood obesity to ‘eradicate’ childhood obesity. He is right and I agreed. We really can eradicate childhood obesity in America. Wouldn’t that be something for all of us to be proud of? To do that, we all need to be on the World Fit Team. Please join us today.
Yours in Health,
Gary Hall Sr.