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SFIA and ACSM Leading Efforts to Name Herschel Walker Chairman of the Presidentís Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Date: 2/27/18

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SFIA and ACSM Leading Efforts to Name Herschel Walker Chairman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

SFIA and ACSM are teaming up to advocate awarding the former Heisman Trophy Winner a prestigious role within the President’s Council 

SILVER SPRING, MD (Feb. 27, 2018) – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is joining forces with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to lead the campaign for chairman of the President’s Council, on behalf of former Heisman Trophy winner, Herschel Walker. Recently, President Donald Trump appointed Walker to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), which is devoted to promoting healthy, active lifestyles in the United States.

“Herschel Walker would be the perfect choice to lead the President’s Council, as he is a natural and knowledgeable leader who speaks with authority on all aspects of sport, fitness, nutrition and active lifestyles,” said Tom Cove, SFIA CEO and president. “Most importantly, he is a passionate advocate with a proven commitment to work tirelessly to improve the health of all Americans, especially young people.”

Walker is currently the Honorary Chairman of SFIA’s annual National Health Through Fitness Day, an event focused on passing the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act and decreasing the cost barrier for Americans wanting to participate in health and fitness activities. He will return to Washington for the 19th annual event on March 7, 2018.

“As chair of the President’s Council, Herschel Walker would be a touchdown for all of America,” said Jim Whitehead, chief executive officer and executive vice president for the American College of Sports Medicine. “He is highly respected and perfectly suited for this critical role. Herschel has proven to be a passionate and dedicated leader for everything from military readiness to promoting active and healthy lives for youth and adults everywhere.”

In addition, his appreciation for the United States Military, government and law enforcement is made evident by his involvement with wounded soldiers, the annual Congressional Football Game and many other numerous related charities.

ABOUT SFIA: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), 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.

ABOUT ACSM:  The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details can be found at www.acsm.org.



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