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Capitol Hill Event to Honor Former Redskin

Date: 2/13/12

Two Ex-NFL Players To Receive SGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award
SGMA To Honor Two Congressmen For Their Support of Fitness


WHO:
Former NFL players Ken Harvey (Redskins), John Booty (Eagles), Congressmen Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

WHAT:
SGMA to present Ken Harvey and John Booty with SGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and Brady and McIntyre with Congressional Health & Fitness Awards

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 6; 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Awards to be presented at 6:30 pm – estimated time)

WHERE: Opening Reception for SGMA’s 13th National Health Through Fitness Day
Room:  U.S. Capitol Visitors Center SVC 212/210

WHY: Harvey and Booty, both of whom have attended National Health Through Fitness Day since 2007, are being honored “in recognition of their lifelong commitment to promoting physical education and active lifestyles in America.”  Congressmen Brady (TX) and McIntrye (NC) are being honored “for their promotion of healthy and active lifestyles in America.”

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners are 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker (2009), 1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown (2010), and tennis legend Stan Smith (2011).  Previous Congressional Health & Fitness Award winners are U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA), U.S. Congresswoman Mary Bono-Mack (CA), & U.S. Congressman Ron Kind (WI) in 2010

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association is organizing a day of advocacy on Wednesday, March 7 -- National Health Through Fitness Day -- where more than 100 people (many of whom are celebrities in sports, including Harvey and Booty, former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, golf Hall of Famers Gary Player and Johnny Miller, WNBA star Tamika Catchings, among others) will meet with members of Congress to ask for support for two legislative initiatives that will help Americans (of all ages) adopt more physically active and healthy lifestyles.

(1) Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), which provides grants to school districts to support innovative physical education methods:
       
(2) Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, to encourage improved health through increased physical activity for all Americans by making activities more affordable through the use of tax incentives.

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