3 R.I. schools to receive Don’t Quit! Fitness Centers

STUDENTS EXERCISE IN a Don’t Quit! Fitness Center. Three Rhode Island schools have been selected to receive similar centers. / COURTESY NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR GOVERNORS’ FITNESS COUNCILS

PROVIDENCE – Three Rhode Island schools will receive new fitness centers as a result of their efforts to keep students fit and active.

Slater Middle School in Pawtucket, Pothier-Citizens Elementary School in Woonsocket and Gilbert Stuart Middle School in Providence were chosen by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to receive the $100,000 centers, which will open this fall.

The schools were chosen from among numerous entries in the Don’t Quit! Campaign across Rhode Island, said Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils.

They were named as the state’s most outstanding schools for creative leadership in getting and keeping students fit.

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“We had many exceptional entries this year, but three schools really stood out for demonstrating innovative ways in promoting health and fitness within their schools,” Steinfeld said in a statement.

Since 2012, the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils’ Don’t Quit! Campaign has awarded fitness center in 32 states and has plans to reach all 50. Fitness centers are paid for through a public-private partnership with companies, including Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike.

No taxes or state money is going toward the projects.

A ribbon-cutting will mark the three Rhode Island centers’ openings this fall. The Ocean State joined Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota as program recipients this year.