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SGMA Salutes Recent National Health Through Fitness Day Athletes Participating In London Olympics

Date: 7/24/12

SILVER SPRING, MD – July 25, 2012 – The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) would like to congratulate six past National Health Through Fitness (NHTF) Day athletes for making the Olympic teams in their respective sport and wish them luck in the upcoming Summer Games in London.

Four of the seven athletes are teammates and will be competing together. Swin Cash (2008 NHTF athlete), Tamika Catchings (2012 NHTF athlete), Lindsey Harding (2012 NHTF athlete), and Renee Montgomery (2010 NHTF athlete) will be representing the USA women’s basketball team. The team is vying for its fifth straight Olympic gold medal dating back to 1996.  One of the most prolific forwards in women’s soccer history, Abby Wambach (2010 NHTF athlete), will be representing the USA in London as the women’s soccer team attempts to go for its third straight gold medal and fourth overall.  Also looking to win her third straight gold medal will be beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh (2010 NHTF Athlete), who made her Olympic debut in the 2000 Olympics on the indoor volleyball team. Track and field star Jenny Simpson (2011 and 2012 NHTF athlete) will be looking to replicate her success at the 2011 IAAF World Championships where she won gold in the 1500m.

“The sports and fitness industry could not be any prouder to have seven past National Health Through Fitness Day athletes representing our country,” said SGMA President and CEO Tom Cove. “These women have supported the industry’s efforts to promote physical activity and fight childhood obesity. Now it is our turn to support them at the Olympics.”

Since the inaugural National Health Through Fitness Day in 2001, SGMA has been able to raise more than $600 million in federal funding for physical education programs across the country. The SGMA continues to support legislative efforts such as the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) as well as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act which would expand the definition of eligible reimbursement expenses from pre-tax accounts to cover physical activity costs.

For more information on National Health Through Fitness Day, the legislative initiatives discussed above, or to inquire as to how you can help, please call SGMA at 301.495.6321 or e-mail info@sgma.com.
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by promoting favorable public policies, fostering participation through research, thought leadership and product promotion.  More information about SGMA membership, SGMA public policy platform, and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com.
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