Let’s Play Library installed in Spearfish City Park

Originally published July 3, 2019 in the Black Hills Pioneer.

By Kaija Swisher

Those in Spearfish City Park have a new resource to use to access sports/play equipment.

The Black Hills State University Physical Education Program created a Let’s Play Library, filled with equipment to use at the park, such as Frisbees, basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, bocce ball, slack lines, jump ropes, and racquet sports. Read More

Keiki Rainbow Fun Run raises more than $20K for schools

Originally published March 17, 2019 in the Star-Advertiser.

More than 2,000 participants hit the pavement this morning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for the first-ever Keiki Rainbow Fun Run.

Event co-organizer Kaho’omiki said more than $20,000 was raised for participating schools to be used for physical education and nutrition programs for students. Read More

Mayor gives four local schools $250 for PE equipment and programs

Originally published Jan. 22, 2019 in the Standard-Journal.

By Victoria Varnedoe

REXBURG − Mayor Jerry Merrill gave money to several Madison County Schools on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Madison Middle School.

Mayor Merrill presented four checks, each worth $250, to Adams Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Madison Middle School. The money will be used for physical education equipment and programs. Read More

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Fit, Healthy Kids: A Community Challenge

Originally published Jan. 15, 2019 in the Redwood City Climate Online.

By Bill Shilstone

Redwood City may once have been considered the physical fitness capital of the United States, considering the nationally recognized program developed by Frank Griffin at Sequoia High School.

Griffin, who taught physical education at Sequoia from 1920-1960, developed a color-coded, incentive-based ability grouping system, then added an obstacle course that would have challenged Tarzan with its climbing and swinging apparatus in the many campus trees. Physical education teachers came from near and far to study, then copy. The Army, Navy and Marines asked him to design programs to whip their recruits into shape for World War II. Read More