Spartan Foundation: Where children, teens and young adults live active and healthy lives.
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To promote sound nutrition, routine physical activity, resiliency, and healthy development in children and young adults through collaboration with schools, diverse organizations, community leaders and young adults.
Welcome to the Spartan Foundation, a group dedicated to making healthy the new normal for the next generation.
Spartan Foundation Announces Partnership with Leading Youth Charities
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Kids are natural Spartans—they love running around, getting wet and muddy and rising to a challenge. But some kids need additional support to lead healthy lives. That’s why we’ve created the Spartan Foundation: To build improved health and fitness for America’s youth. The Spartan Foundation has partnered with some of America’s leading youth-oriented organizations to help make it possible for children of all abilities and backgrounds to lead the healthiest and fittest lives possible.
We’re pleased to share this update of our partner activities:
Shriners Hospitals for Children (SHC), reports that their kids, all with orthopedic conditions, had a blast running in the recent Spartan Kids Racein Houston. Payten, an 8-year-old patient, completed the course with her sister and reported that this was one of his best days ever! Fellow patient Deaken was so thrilled he actually made more work for his mom. She reports that Deaken is so incredibly proud of himself. I’ve washed his finisher shirt daily because he wants to wear it every day!
Jennifer Sutch, the SHC Director of Development said, Shriners Hospitals for Children is incredibly grateful to the Spartan Foundation and Spartan Race for providing our patients with this opportunity and for helping them know they can overcome any obstacle in their path. AROO!
Word of the fun is getting around: NASCAR racing legend Jimmie Johnson has invited us to partner with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for the inaugural Jimmie Johnson Foundation Fit Fest in Fort Mill, SC. We’ll bring our Spartan Kids Race and the Special Spartans Heat to the inaugural Jimmie Johnson Fit Fest in Fort Mill, SC.
We love our Special Spartans Heat, which is why we’re excited to be partnering with Autism Speaks on May 13 at Citi Field in NY. As the first sponsor of the Special Spartans heat, Autism Speaks joins with Spartan Race to set the standard for children living on the autism spectrum to discover their athlete within in a safe, structured environment. Together, we’re working toward the goal of making it possible for every Special Spartan to compete without cost.
To understand just how important Special Spartans are to families, here’s what one dad had to say:
I can’t even begin to describe how awesome and important it is to have inclusive events such as Special Spartan Races. It gives those with special needs, such as my oldest son Jaden, a chance to experience life in new way that maybe they hadn’t experienced before. It gives them a sense of confidence like no other. My son Jaden has participated in two Special Spartan events now and has the most amazing experience every time. There is truly something magical that happens when a person with a disability can complete an event like a Special Spartan race. I will be a brand ambassador for them for life.
We are also partnering with the Special Olympics at our first event on Lambeau Field in Greenbay, WI. On June 24, in addition to a Spartan Sprint and a Spartan Kids Race with a Special Spartans heat, we will drive donations to the Special Olympics.
Everyone knows that Joe De Sena’s mission is to get everyone up and moving, and eating well is part of this philosophy. This is why Spartan Foundation has also partnered with internationally renowned chef and author Jamie Oliver for Jamie’s Food Revolution. He believes like we do that kids need to learn healthy eating early in order to avoid sugary snacks and the epidemic of obesity.
The Spartan Foundation is excited to partner with these renowned charitable organizations to support the health and fitness of the next generation,” said Joe De Sena, Spartan Race Founder and CEO. We look forward to many more activities with these partners in the months and years ahead. I urge each of you to donate at least $1 today to support the important work of the Spartan Foundation.
About Spartan Foundation
Spartan Race’s community outreach initiative that will address improved health, wellness and personal development for children and young adults nationwide. TSF will generate funding and visibility to spotlight and support progress with organizations whose missions are in alignment with the Spartan principles of overcoming obstacles to enrich and accomplish one’s life goals.
About Spartan Race
Spartan is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 170 events in 25+ countries planned for 2016, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive and elite heats. With nearly 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, as well as the popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles—in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. In addition to events for men and women, there are events for Spartan Kids and Special Spartans, proving that fun and fitness are for the entire family. For more information visit www.spartan.com.
About Special Spartans
Special Spartans are young athletes with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, cognitive learning or vocational delays. Utilizing a customized obstacle course, the Special Spartans program creates a unique opportunity for racers to gain a sense of inclusion and athletic accomplishment, as well as a sense of community, through interaction with the Spartan family.
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation has committed more than $9.5 million to various charities.
The Foundation currently focuses on supporting K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
About the Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place – one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. For more information visit www.autismspeaks.org.
About Jamie’s Food Revolution
Jamie Oliver is calling on us all to join a global Food Revolution in order to provoke debate and inspire real, meaningful, positive change in the way our children access, consume and understand food. Jamie has created a six-point plan for action on childhood obesity, which we believe governments across the world should be working towards as a priority.