Run With US! hits Vegas with athlete mentors Amanda Bingson, Britney Henry & Lance Brooks

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 in News & Press

INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation is bringing a special Run With US! event to Las Vegas and will be held at Owen Roundy Elementary School on Friday, January 10, 2014, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld today.

With childhood obesity the leading health issue affecting kids, the fact that many kids fall well below the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, and research proving the benefits of physical activity on learning, Las Vegas area schools are using the games and activities of GoNoodle, a new interactive resource designed to get kids up and moving in the classroom.

Run With US!, one of the GoNoodle games built in collaboration with the USA Track & Field Foundation, features Olympic athletes leading students in virtual track & field events. Olympian and current American hammer throw record holder and Las Vegas native Amanda Bingson; along with 2012 Olympic discus thrower Lance Brooks; and the number two ranked hammer thrower in the US, Britney Henry, will join Las Vegas students as they play Run With US! in their classroom on Friday..

“The USA Track & Field Foundation takes pride in supporting our elite athletes at Run With US! events,” said Jackovic. “These athletes inspire the next generation of Olympians to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Each physical activity game of GoNoodle is designed to provide students 3-5 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity right next to their desks. Research proves that such short bursts of physical activity have positive health benefits and improve student engagement, behavior and achievement.

In addition to the track & field game, GoNoodle includes dancing, stretching, and calming exercises, along with games that incorporate spelling, vocabulary and math with physical activity. Las Vegas-area teachers can learn more about GoNoodle by visiting www.gonoodle.com.

About GoNoodle
GoNoodle is a research-based classroom resource for elementary teachers to improve student engagement and youth health through desk-side physical activity breaks. Helping to increase energy and focus while improving classroom behavior, GoNoodle’s games can be played on an interactive whiteboard, projector or computer screen. GoNoodle is powered by HealthTeacher, Inc., the interactive leader in youth health.

About USA Track & Field Foundation
The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes, distance training centers and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts and from generous fans of track & field.

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring & jobs) and participation in Run With US! (www.rwus-now.org). Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit www.usatffoundation.org or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or tom.jackovic@usatf.org.