LeBron James unveils $1M grant for new gym at his I Promise School

Originally published May 10, 2019 by CBSSports.com.

By Cody Benjamin

A brand new gymnasium is coming to LeBron James’ I Promise School after the Los Angeles Lakers star announced Friday a $1 million grant courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and the company’s Sports Matter initiative.

Billions of dollars have been cut from school sports budgets in recent years, according to a press release James sent out about the grant, and the cuts disproportionately impact students in low-income areas. So the $1 million grant, which stems from the Dick’s Sporting Goods foundation, seeks to “address the funding crisis” by encouraging both physical education and after-school sports. Read More

Physical education to get a boost from modernised school curriculum

Originally published May 14, 2019 in The Telegraph.

By Jeremy Wilson

Physical education and activity is expected to get an enhanced focus in schools from September following the publication today of a new framework by school inspectors Ofsted.

A greater emphasis on a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as the quality of personal development rather than just exam outcomes, has been interpreted as an acknowledgment of the importance and benefits of sport and activity. Read More

funding

Building Relationships with Department Leaders Essential for Teachers, Administrators Seeking Program Funding

When looking to add heart rate technology to their curriculum, the largest hurdle PE teachers face is often funding. Where will the money come from? What’s the process to request funding?

As a former PE teacher and coordinator, IHT Regional Vice President Eric Larson understands the challenges facing today’s teachers and administrators. With the end of the school year approaching, Larson offered some of the strategies he used to secure funding for different initiatives as a teacher and coordinator at Denver Public Schools:

    • Learn about the different funding options available to purchase PE heart rate technology by researching district, state and federal databases to find available grants;
      • Develop relationships with departmental leaders managing budgets; and
    • Connect with district leadership to create presentations for funding decision-makers.

Read More

Grand Forks teacher raises nearly $40,000 for weight room

Originally published May 14, 2019 in the Grand Forks Herald.

By Bonnie Meibers

The weight room in Elroy Schroeder Middle School was old, outdated and some of the equipment was unsafe to use. Physical education teacher Julie Hegland wanted to change that.

When she couldn’t get funding through traditional channels, Hegland took matters into her own hands. Read More

Children miss out on making friends amid shorter school break times, study finds

Originally published May 10, 2019 in The Independent.

By Eleanor Busby

Children are missing out on opportunities to make friends, socialise and exercise after school break times have been cut by as much as an hour over the past two decades, research finds.

The study, by University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education, warns of a near “virtual elimination” of afternoon breaks, especially in secondary schools, and shorter lunch breaks. Read More