Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Running Grants ---- AAHPERD Unique Running Lesson Plans ---- National Standards for Physical Education

ING Run For Something Better® Grant Program
Now Open 

Grants for school running programs increased to $3,500 per school

This holiday season, ING U.S. is giving schools nationwide a unique opportunity to help students discover a passion for running and living a healthy lifestyle through its ING Run For Something Better School Awards. In partnership with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), ING U.S. will provide a minimum of 60 grants of $3,500 each in 2014. The grant process is now open at www.aahperd.org/run.

The ING Run For Something Better School Awards are available for programs that target kindergarten through 8th-grade students. The grant supports a minimum of an eight-week, school-based running program that concludes with a culminating running event in celebration of the students’ achievements. An AAHPERD review board, made up of physical education teachers and administrators, reviews all applications and selects the recipients.

In addition to the grants, schools can download unique running lesson plans developed by AAHPERD and based on the National Standards for Physical Education to serve as the foundation of the running program or to supplement an existing school program. Other program materials — such as sample eight-week training plans, distance logs and a running journal — will be available to help in the development of running skills and preparation for a final running event.

To learn about the program, including full eligibility requirements and to apply for the grant, visit www.aahperd.org/run. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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