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Capitol Hill Event to Honor MLB Great

Date: 2/24/15

Ex-Big League Pitcher To Receive SFIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike May 

Bill Sells

Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John
SFIA to present Tommy John with SFIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award 
Tuesday, March 3; 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Awards to be presented at 6:30 pm – estimated time)
Opening Reception for SFIA’s 16th National Health Through Fitness Day
Room:  U.S. Capitol Visitors Center HVC 201 A/B
John, who has attended National Health Through Fitness Day on two previous occasions, is being honored “in recognition of his lifelong commitment to promoting active, healthy lifestyles in America.”  
Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners are 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker in 2009…..1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown in 2010……tennis legend Stan Smith in 2011….World Champion Runner Jenny Simpson in 2012… and former NFL players Ken Harvey (four-time NFL All-Pro Washington Redskins linebacker) & John Booty (Jets, Cardinals, Eagles, and Buccaneers) in 2013.
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association is organizing a day of advocacy on Wednesday, March 4 -- National Health Through Fitness Day -- where more than 100 people (many of whom are celebrities in sports, including Harvey and Booty, Herschel Walker, and Olympic medalists Rowdy Gaines, Cullen Jones, Shannon Miller, Esther Lofgren, April Ross and Tommie Smith, among others) will meet with members of Congress to ask for support for three legislative initiatives that will help all Americans adopt more physically active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act would change current federal tax law to allow for the deduction or use of pre-tax dollars to cover expenses related to sports, fitness and other physical activities.  
  • Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to school districts to support innovative physical education methods. 
  • Physical Activity Recommendations for Americans Act – Have the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) update the guidelines every 10 years to provide recommendations based on a preponderance of current scientific and medical knowledge, including guidelines, for identified population subgroups, as needed. 
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association, the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry. SFIA seeks to promote sports and fitness participation as well as industry vitality through research, thought leadership, public affairs, industry affairs, and member services. For more information, please visit www.sfia.org.
PHIT America -- an educational, grassroots, advocacy and social media marketing campaign -- is designed to reach millions of Americans and create a Movement for a Fit and Healthy America. PHIT America will combat the obesity and sedentary activity crisis -- which is having an adverse effect on health care costs in the U.S. -- by promoting new legislation and grassroots programs that will help get Americans more active, playing more sports, exercising, getting fit and becoming healthier.  One of the unique features of PHITAmerica.org is the Participation Database (www.getfithere.org), which offers ways to become active and fit in more than 50 different sports or fitness activities.  For more information, please visit www.phitamerica.org.
FOR MORE INFO:            
Visit www.sfia.org/NHTF or follow us on Twitter @phitamerica

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