FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SHAPE America and Gopher Announce 2020 Impact School Grant Recipients
RESTON, VA, February 25, 2021 — SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators and Gopher, announced today
the selection of five SHAPE America Impact School grant recipients as part of a partnership to improve existing
health and physical education programs across the country. The selected grantees include Title I elementary and
middle schools from four states, with free and reduced lunch ranging from 66%-100%.
Congratulations to this year’s SHAPE America Impact Schools, which were selected through the SHAPE America Impact
Schools Grant Program:
- P.S 154 Jonathan D Hyatt, Bronx, NY
- Dundee Elementary School, Dundee, MS
- Brooklyn UD #188 Lovejoy Technology Academy, Lovejoy, IL
- Fort Gay PreK-8 School, Fort Gay, WV
- PS/MS 72 The Lexington Academy, New York, NY
In the year ahead, these five schools will benefit from free professional development and much-needed funds raised
through the "Big Feats for SHAPE America" (Big Feats) Virtual Race.
"Over the last two years, we have seen such an incredible impact for the schools that have received grants through
this program,” said SHAPE America CEO Stephanie Morris. “This year, with the challenges faced by the COVID-19
pandemic, it is more important than ever to support high-needs schools.”
The Big Feats Virtual Race begins on March 1 and culminates on April 17 during the 2021 SHAPE America Virtual
National Convention & Expo. Participants across the country will set their own movement and/or distance goals and
complete the race on their own time, at their own pace — all while raising money through their personal networks.
Big Feats Virtual Race activities and challenges will be highlighted throughout the SHAPE America virtual national
Eighty percent of the funds raised by the Big Feats Virtual Race will be allocated to the five Impact Schools. Each
school will receive a free membership to SHAPE America, which includes access to an array of curriculum resources
including SHAPE America's National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, Appropriate
Practices for Health Education and online professional development. In addition, one health and physical education
teacher from each of the schools will receive a $1,000 stipend from Gopher to use toward professional development
resources including attending the 2021 SHAPE America Virtual National Convention & Expo. The remaining proceeds from
the Big Feats Virtual Race will fund health and physical education advocacy efforts and professional development at
the state and national levels.
In addition to these opportunities, Gopher is honored to continue their 100% match for recipients of the funds raised
through SHAPE America’s Big Feats Virtual Race! Schools that choose to redeem the funds raised through the program
with Gopher will receive a 1:1 match, doubling the support for health and physical education locally.
“As the national partner for the Big Feats Virtual Race, we are excited to amplify the impact this program will have
on the physical education programs and physical activity of students at these schools by doubling their spending
power,” said Matt Ginskey, VP of Marketing at Gopher. “We are proud of the impact of this program and — as we enter
the third year of our partnership with SHAPE America — remain fully committed to supporting health and physical
education professionals, schools and local communities.”
New this year, SHAPE America is expanding our giveback opportunities to corporate partners through a new Employee
Wellness engagement opportunity, known as the “Wellness 4 Good” Challenge. The seven-week challenge brings
employee wellness to life through an effective and fun approach that encourages employees to get moving to support a
worthy cause. Aligned with the Big Feats Virtual Race (March 1-April 17), employees select their own movement or
physical activity goal and complete the race on their own time, at their own pace — all while raising money to
support the Impact School grantees.
Participating employers will receive a Wellness 4 Good Challenge Packet, which provides a template for the
health/wellness challenge, including email templates and links to additional resources. Universities are also
encouraged to consider participating in the Wellness 4 Good Challenge and using the Big Feats Virtual Race
community service project for students. Interested organizations should complete the Wellness 4 Good Interest Form.
Individuals who are interested in signing up for the virtual race or making a monetary donation can do so beginning
on March 1. Individual registration is $25 and includes a medal and a digital race bib.
Learn more at www.shapeamerica.org/bigfeats.
About Gopher Sport
Gopher has proudly served schools, athletic programs, community organizations, and countless institutions and
programs for over 70 years. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the products and services needed to
increase activity, improve fitness, develop skills, create fun, and reach a higher standard of learning and
We are proud to serve teachers, coaches, athletic directors, program directors, and athletes around the world and
are committed to offering the best equipment available to help both young and old lead more active and healthy
lives. For more information, visit www.gophersport.com.
About SHAPE America
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical
education professionals across the United States. The organization’s extensive community includes a diverse
membership of health and physical educators, as well as advocates, supporters, and 50+ state affiliate
Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education. For decades, SHAPE
America’s National Standards for K-12 Physical Education have served as the foundation for well-designed physical
education programs across the country. The organization was also a proud member of the coalition that developed the
National Health Education Standards.
The SHAPE America Impact Schools grant program identifies and provides much-needed funds and professional
development opportunities to five eligible schools across the country. Funds raised for this program will be used to
improve existing health and physical education programs and help teachers continue their studies and build
expertise. More information is available at www.shapeamerica.org/grants.
For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.
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