The Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation is making a major financial investment to help get children physically active and learning more in school. The Seattle, Washington-based foundation has pledged funds that will support students’ participation in (1) a before-school physical activity program called AMPED and (2) locally organized team sports leagues, by providing financial support from The PASS. Support from the Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation is initially targeted for children in the Pacific Northwest. The funds will be used to support the ongoing activities of national charity PHIT America, the non-profit group whose efforts are geared toward reversing the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ in the U.S., as nearly 50 million children are not active to healthy standards.
This financial commitment from the Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation is the largest-ever donation to PHIT America.
Funds from the Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation will be used to directly subsidize the AMPED program which gets kids running and walking before school. AMPED jumpstarts the bodies and minds of young students so they start the school day physically ready and mentally prepared to learn. The PASS is another program for kids who want to play local sports, but need financial assistance. Families apply for The PASS ‘online’ in order to pay for their entry into a specific local sports program.
In the next three years, funds from AMPED and The PASS will directly impact the lives of at least 100,000 students – starting in the Pacific Northwest. There will be numerous schools in dozens of towns and cities in the Pacific Northwest which will start AMPED, while thousands of children will also enjoy playing sports, courtesy of The PASS. The overall goal is to expand AMPED and The PASS in all 50 U.S. states. AMPED and The PASS were designed by PHIT America partner KIDS in the GAME, which specializes in efficient programs that get kids active and healthy.”
To date, 124 elementary schools in 32 states are currently conducting AMPED, which has impacted more than 63,000 school children.
AMPED and The PASS programs are necessary because physical education has been eliminated in many schools or reduced to once or twice a week. Some schools have even eliminated recess. The implementation of AMPED and The PASS is an extension of PHIT America’s GO! Grants program which has provided grants to 730 U.S. elementary school P.E. programs, which have impacted more than 400,000 students since 2015.
The ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ in the U.S. is so severe that only 7% of U.S. children are physically active to CDC physical activity standards. And, in a British Journal of Sports Medicine global fitness survey among children living in the world’s top 50 countries, U.S. kids ranked 47th in global fitness. And, kids are becoming even more physically inactive since they don’t have physical activity skills. Sadly, they are becoming more addicted to sedentary electronic devices.
“We see too many kids who are sedentary or can’t afford to play sports,” said Darren Pritt, chairman, Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation. “The AMPED and The PASS programs are exactly what the children in the U.S. need right now. We are delighted to extend a helping hand to support PHIT America in its mission to reverse physical inactivity in the U.S, which are great programs which were tested and proven by KIDS in the GAME.”
“We applaud the ‘big-picture’ vision of the Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation. The AMPED program is a winner,” said PHIT America Founder Jim Baugh. “It’s absolutely essential that we introduce our children at a young age to the importance of a physically active lifestyle. Students who have physical activity breaks, recess, and P.E. while at school are also better students.”
The financial support from the Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation is timely.
“After years of realizing the potential of the PHIT Act, but frustrated that Congress was not acting quickly enough, we said, ‘Let’s find another way to help kids who want to play a sport,’ ” added Baugh. “Working with KIDS in the GAME, we launched The PASS program. The PASS will create new sports participants. The PASS has been tested and is successful. Roughly 13,000 kids have already benefitted from The PASS. We hope many companies and other foundations help PHIT America reverse physical inactivity in the U.S. by supporting The PASS and the AMPED programs.”
“Children who learn the joys of physical activity based on opportunities provided from either AMPED or The PASS are healthier, happier, more physically fit, and excel in the classroom,” said KIDS in the GAME Founder John Ballantine. “Our programs work and will help our children develop lifelong skills to be healthier.”
In addition to the support from the Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation, PHIT America is looking for more corporate partners and foundations to support and fund physical activity programs in other parts of the U.S. Interested parties can contact Jim Baugh -- Jim@PHITAmerica.org.
Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit campaign focused on overcoming the severe ramifications of the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ through four strategic approaches – education, supporting school-based activity programs, a national event, and advocating – which will get Americans, especially our youth, more active, fit and healthy. Companies or individuals interested in helping PHIT America fight the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ should contact PHIT America at Alliance@PHITAmerica.org. For more about PHIT America, visit www.PHITAmerica.org.