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Go FIT receives grant from Hasbro

Hasbro grants Go Fit with funds to bring clinics to Elms College

Go FIT, Inc. has received a grant from Hasbro to conduct clinics at Elms College for the Quest and Step Forward - Step Ahead Programs. The clinics will be conducted for both middle school age boys and girls.

Step Forward is an academic enrichment, cultural appreciation, and fine arts program developed by Elms College for middle school girls and boys who show academic promise. Started in 1993 with 20 girls, the program has grown to include boys as well, and has an enrollment of approximately 190 middle and high school students. Quest is for middle and high school age boys. Participants come from under-served populations and have high academic potential.

Go FIT is a simple program based on an innovative concept yielding powerful results. The-walk-to-run program transitions health, nutrition and activity into the lives of sedentary youth by promoting education and exercise and by supporting healthy decision- making.

Each participant receives free running shoes, a t-shirt, water bottle and six weeks of age appropriate educational programs with guest speakers on topics of fitness, nutrition, character building, drug/alcohol and violence prevention, and dental care with appropriate literature and material pertinent to the speaker topic.

Go FIT Inc., founded in January, 2005, is nearing its second anniversary and has enjoyed many fine successes along the way with the sponsorship, collaboration and volunteerism of exceptional community leaders. Go Fit programs have been implemented successfully throughout the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts offering 23 clinics to over 677 children in two short years. As the organization builds momentum and community acceptance, requests for additional programs are received daily and include inquires from throughout the country. The programs are conducted at community centers, colleges, schools and YMCA's throughout the area. The kids take the first step by committing to participate in a four to six week program, and corporate sponsors and mentors are making the commitment to support their efforts. Currently over 140 volunteers offer valuable time to work and train with each child.

Go FIT, Inc. was recently awarded a Point of Light Award in national recognition of their efforts to make a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in the community and in the nation, especially those focused on the goals for children and youth set by the Presidents' Summit for America's Future.