24 Hour Fitness and Good Sports Support Local Children and Encourage Youth Fitness
OCEANSIDE, Calif. - October 23, 2013
On Oct. 22, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside received hundreds of pieces of sports and exercise equipment valued at approximately $9,500. The generous donation was made by fitness club chain 24 Hour Fitness and national nonprofit Good Sports to support youth fitness. Dozens of the Clubs’ children joined leaders from 24 Hour Fitness to receive the donation, including more than 400 hundred basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, flag football equipment, Wiffle® ball equipment, stopwatches and jerseys.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside are so appreciative of the generosity of Good Sports and 24 Hour Fitness. We look forward to seeing increased involvement in our health and fitness programs with the implementation of such high quality equipment,” said Kirsten Robinson, grant coordinator, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside. “Our kids are so deserving of this amazing gift, and we are ecstatic to see their excitement!”
Following the donation presentation, personal trainers from the nearby 24 Hour Fitness® Oceanside Sport club led kids through a fun workout. Children learned how to perform exhilarating kid-themed exercises, including bear crawls, duck walks and frog jumps.
“Our goal is to ensure all kids have the opportunity to engage in sports and fitness and are able to reap all the benefits that go along with those opportunities,” said Christy Keswick, chief operating officer, Good Sports. “We are excited to partner with 24 Hour Fitness to make this donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside, as we believe it will give more kids a chance to participate and get in the game.”
Committed to improving lives through fitness, 24 Hour Fitness has been part of the Oceanside community and the greater San Diego area for more than 30 years. The generous donation will serve nearly 1,500 local children who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside. Since 1952, the Clubs have supported local underprivileged youth with fun and constructive academics, sports and activities. The equipment provided will ensure that for years to come, the Clubs’ children will have the equipment they need to stay active and fit.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside is a community-based organization that is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and constructive environment for youth to spend time during non-school hours and the summer. Statistics show during the times of 3 to 7 p.m. juvenile crime escalate, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside are open every day after school, when kids need us the most. For over 60 years the Club has worked to get Oceanside kids, primarily from low-income families, off the streets and out of trouble by engaging them with academics and activities. We are succeeding in that mission, and now we’re helping kids reach their dreams and transform themselves into truly successful adults in our community.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside continue to uphold its mission of providing life-enhancing programs and character-developing experiences so that young people, especially those that need it most, can reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
About Good Sports
Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports is able to get the necessary equipment into the hands of the kids that need it most, giving them a chance to get in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided nearly $10 million worth of equipment to over 1000 youth programs, impacting more than 775,000 kids. For more information on how you can support Good Sports, please visit www.goodsports.org.