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Fact Sheet: SGMA's 11th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day

Date: 12/9/09

Sporting Goods Industry Plans Congressional Meetings on March 10
Former Football Great Herschel Walker to Chair Event
Three Heisman Trophy Winners + Three Olympic Gold Medalists to Attend
ESPN’s Bonnie Bernstein to MC Opening Reception in U.S. Capitol
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Is Presenting Sponsor for 2010

40 Companies are Committed as Sponsors. 

Presenting Sponsor:  United States Tennis Association

Special Event Sponsors:  ACCUSPLIT and Active Network

Supporting & Celebrity Sponsors:  The Annika Foundation, Callaway Golf, Century, Cramer Products, Easton-Bell Sports, Everlast, Everlast Climbing Industries, Flaghouse, Franklin Sports, Gatorade, General Mills, GeoFitness, Good Sports, Gopher, Head, HOPSports, Mizuno, Musco Lighting, NASPE, NFL Retired Players Association, National Sporting Goods Association, Nike, PlayCore, Polar, Precor, Prince, Rawlings, Reebok, SGMA, SGMA’s Legal Task Force, Speed Stacks, Sportime, Street Surfing, Tennis Industry Association, Under Armour, Wilson, and XaviX

Sports celebrities, sporting goods manufacturers, sporting goods retailers, PE teachers, association leaders, and ‘friends of the industry.’  Some of the early celebrity commitments include football great Herschel Walker; LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sörenstam; internationally renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter; former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Tim Brown; 1974 National League MVP Steve Garvey; 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith; former big league pitcher Tom Candiotti; U.S. Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh; nine-time UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes; world-class tennis teaching professional/coach Nick Bollettieri; U.S. Olympic softball gold medalists Michele Smith and Jennie Finch; 2009 Major League Lacrosse MVP/former collegiate All-American lacrosse standout  Paul Rabil; Iron Man triathlete Katya Meyers; boxer Paul “The Punisher” Williams; and former NFL players Ken Harvey and John Booty.

11th Annual National Health-through-Fitness Day in Washington, D.C.
Meet with members of Congress to promote two initiatives that will help Americans (of all ages) adopt more physically active and healthy lifestyles.

(1)  Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Bill provides grants to school districts to support innovative physical education methods;

(2)  Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act encourages improved health through increased physical activity for all Americans by making activities more affordable -- through the use of tax incentives. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Briefing Breakfast
7:30 am to 9:00 am @ Embassy Suites DC Convention Ctr.
(900 10th Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20001 -- 202-739-2001)

Congressional Lobbying on Capitol Hill
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Senate Office Buildings (Hart, Dirksen, and Russell)
House Office Buildings (Rayburn, Cannon, and Longworth)

With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reporting that more than 50% of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity, we need to do more to encourage physically active lifestyles in America.  PEP introduces young people to the importance of physical activity and PHIT will help reverse the obesity trend plaguing America -- where 129.6 million Americans are overweight, obese, and/or physically inactive.

“With the PHIT Act and PEP grants, SGMA has a chance to work with the U.S. Congress to send a serious message about the importance of regular physical activity.  This legislation could possibly lead to the cultural change needed to revolutionize the nation’s attitude about physical fitness with respect to health,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s vice president of government relations.  “Too many people are overweight due to inactivity and the sedentary trend needs to be reversed.  If not, the CDC estimates our nation’s health care costs will reach $4 trillion by 2015.  Our nation cannot afford to dedicate one of every five dollars generated in the U.S. to health care.”

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