[Atlanta] – July 8, 2016 – Today, The FitWit Foundation announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) for $20,000 as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts.
The FitWit Foundation provides free fitness programs that build strength and develop character in the young people who need it most. While decreasing obesity and improving fitness are important to The FitWit Foundation, their primary aim lies in using fitness as the vehicle to empower children to believe in themselves and strive for success every day. The FitWit Foundation’s FitWit Club program is designed for middle and high school students not involved in sports and is offered to schools and students at no cost. The FitWit Foundation plans to use the Target grant to expand its FitWit Club program into more Atlanta schools.
“We are incredibly grateful for Target’s support of our mission and the community of Atlanta,” said Megan Gilroy, Executive Director of The FitWit Foundation. “We are thrilled by the number of students we will be able to reach with this partnership. Our program gives students access to free fitness as well as a community that provides them an opportunity to learn to set goals, experience new activities, rebound from setback, and celebrate successes. It’s exciting to see students translate these lessons into other areas of their lives, which will ultimately impact the city of Atlanta.”
“At Target, we are committed to helping make wellness a way of life for our team members, guests and communities,” said Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “That’s why we are excited to partner with an impressive array of organizations who are already doing such important work to make an impact in the wellness space. Together, we will help remove barriers to wellness in our communities, working to increase the consumption of nutrient-dense food and physical activity of kids and families across the country.”
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities. Target also is partnering closely with local leaders and
organizations in communities around the country who are experts in youth wellness and actively working to close the wellness gap for children. These efforts are part of Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week.
About The FitWit Foundation
The FitWit Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2008, The FitWit Foundation has offered free fitness and character development programs to over 1,000 youth in Atlanta Metro. The FitWit Foundation is primarily funded by individual donations and grants. To learn more about The FitWit Foundation or to make a donation visit www.thefitwitfoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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