ING Run For Something Better® Grant Program Now Open
Dec. 4, 2012 /3BL Media/ - This holiday season, ING U.S. is celebrating its fourth year of giving schools nationwide a unique opportunity to help students discover a passion for running and living a healthy lifestyle through its ING Run For Something Better School Awards. In partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the 2013 grant cycle is now open with improvements that simplify the application process. A minimum of 50 grants will be given in 2013.
The updated website includes streamlined content and resources including an application cheat sheet and informational videos in a user-friendly interface. “NASPE is proud to enhance its partnership with ING U.S. in helping to make it easier for educators to get the resources they need to keep physical activity thriving in schools,” said Cheryl Richardson, senior director of programs, NASPE/AAHPERD. “In 2012 ING U.S. awarded 50 grants of up to $2,500 each. In times when physical education programs and afterschool activities are the first to be cut from budgets, these funds truly make the difference in helping maintain a culture of physical activity, health and fitness, and to help meet the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day,” added Richardson.
The ING Run For Something Better School Awards are available for programs that target kindergarten through 8th grade levels. The grant supports a minimum of an eight-week, school-based running program that concludes with a culminating running event in celebration of the students’ achievements. A minimum of 50 grants of up to $2,500 each will be available. A $1,000 grant is awarded immediately, with additional funds awarded based on the participation in the program. A NASPE review board, made up of physical education teachers and administrators, reviews all applications and select the recipients.
In addition, schools can download unique running lesson plans developed by NASPE and based on the National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) to serve as the foundation of the running program or to supplement an existing school program. Other program materials — such as sample eight-week training plans, distance logs and a running journal — will be available to help in the development of running skills and preparation for a final running event.
ING Run For Something Better was established in 2003 as a way to give back to local communities. Since its inception, more than 155,000 children have participated in the program, collectively running more than 4.5 million miles.
“We’re thrilled the ING Run For Something Better School Awards continues to provide teachers with the additional resources they need to get their students on the road to a healthier lifestyle,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility.
To learn about the program, including full eligibility requirements and to apply for the grant, visit NASPE’s website (naspe.confex.com). The deadline to apply is May 15, 2013, at 11:59 pm.
About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance operations of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, including retirement plans, IRA rollovers and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit http://ing.us.
About the ING Run For Something Better®
ING Run For Something Better® helps fund school-based running programs in an effort to combat childhood obesity before it ever begins. Linked to ING U.S.’s commitment to education, the program helps introduce kids to the benefits of sport, a habit of physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Nationally, ING U.S. has committed over $4 million to fund grants and school-based running programs through ING Run For Something Better. Since 2006, more than $1.7 million has also been raised by individual donors through a special charitable fund to encourage others to support the cause by making their own contributions. When someone donates $10 or more to ING Run For Something Better, ING U.S. will recognize their contribution by giving them a special pair of orange shoelaces to wear showing that they are “tied” to supporting kids’ fitness. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go to ING Run For Something Better fitness programs. For more information, visit www.orangelaces.com.
The preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a nonprofit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, administrators, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare professionals in these areas. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). For more information, visit www.naspeinfo.org.
Paula Keyes Kun