Homer-Center to receive ING grant
October 09, 2013 10:45 AM

ING U.S. has named Homer-Center School District as one of 59 recipients from 26 states across the United States to receive an up to $2,500 grant to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices to carry into adulthood.

In its fifth year, the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program, presented by retirement, investment and insurance leader ING U.S. in partnership with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, is helping to introduce kindergarten through eighth-grade students across the country to the benefits of running and active lifestyles through school-based running programs.

Homer-Center will receive $1,000 immediately, and up to $2,500, based on the participation to support a minimum of an eight-week running program that will conclude with a culminating running event in celebration of the students’ achievements. Schools can download unique running lesson plans developed by AAHPERD. Other program materials, such as sample eight-week training plans, distance logs and a running journal, will aid in the development of running skills and preparation for a culminating running event.

“ING U.S. is committed to supporting education and offering a solution to educators who are dedicated to helping their students get active and reduce childhood obesity,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING U.S. Foundation and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility. “Childhood obesity is an important social issue, and we realize schools need additional resources to help fully engage their students in enjoying and leading healthy lifestyles. Through ING Run for Something Better school-based running programs, we are empowering children across the nation to take charge of their health.”

Grant awards were available in all states and the District of Columbia to elementary or middle schools for running programs that targeted kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Nearly 300 schools applied for the 2013 ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. An AAHPERD review board, consisting of 80 teachers and education administrators, reviewed all applications.

Nationally, ING U.S. has committed more than $4 million in grants to school-based running programs through ING Run for Something Better. In 2012, the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program awarded 50 grants to schools in 26 states, providing 7,318 students with the opportunity to discover running as a fun and easy way to increase physical activity and learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices. Students participating in the program ran a total of 128,045 miles.

To learn more about the program and how to get your school involved, visit www.oragelaces.com. Grant applications for 2014 will be accepted beginning in December.

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