Working with NRPA, local parks and recreation will employ vets to lead communities in active lifestyles thanks to $3M grant
ASHBURN, VA., July 10, 2013
– Military veterans ready to
help their communities get boot-camp fit look no further than your local park
and recreation department. Over the next
three years, park and recreation departments in 12 communities will seek to
hire nearly 200 veterans to teach fitness and nutrition classes and to help
inspire healthier, active lifestyles among the public through the
the hubs in communities for physical activity, local parks and recreation are
the driving force in improving health and wellness outcomes among the public.
nation’s military veterans have tremendous skills and training such as
leadership and teamwork – as well as expertise in fitness and physical activity
– which go hand in hand with parks and recreation,” said Barbara Tulipane,
President and CEO of NRPA. “We are so
pleased to work with The
- Sacramento, CA
- Miami-Dade County, FL
- Atlanta, GA
- Newark, NJ
Additional communities will be added to the program in 2014 and 2015 with a goal of sustaining the programs and employment of veterans over the course of the three years and beyond.
Troops for Fitness brings together several passion points for our system –
inspiring communities to get active, driving awareness of activities in our
local parks and unwavering support of our military and veterans,” said Lori
George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations,
part of the
The Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program adds to the long-standing commitment local parks and recreation has to serving our nation’s military and veterans. Park and recreation agencies across the country offer specific programming for returning military veterans as well as adaptive and therapeutic recreation opportunities for injured service members and veterans. In addition, the military’s recreation programs, often referred to as Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) are a key component to fostering quality of life for service members and their families on military bases and installations globally.
For more information, please visit, www.nrpa.org/troopsforfitness/.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 30,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.