In February of 2012, with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama, ASAP launched a Physical Activity Innovation Competition. We scoured the nation to find great school physical activity programs pioneered by everyday people who were inspired to say “Yes we can”. The goal? To find innovative, impactful solutions that could be adopted by many more schools across the country.
Over 500 applications poured in from all 50 states. Whether it was the “gummy bear” dance in a Colorado classroom, “scooter bobsledding” after school in Florida, or “sumo squats" before the bell in California, one thing was clear: schools across the country are on the move!
Nine winners emerged and were recognized with $25,000 grants and an appearance in Washington, DC. Two of these were further celebrated as National Winners, earning total grants of $100,000.
Ranging from grassroots efforts in a single school, to robust programs deployed in 100+ school sites, these winners represent an array of solutions applicable to schools of all types, sizes, and geographies. Read about our winners here.
Through our Acceleration Grants campaign, ASAP is now empowering and funding a new wave of schools to adopt these proven models that are fun, creative and can make a difference. Take me to ASAP Acceleration Grants.