Sports Backers wins $10,000 to help keep Woodville running

04/03/2012 2:49 PM by

The Sports Backers are one of seven applicants who were recently awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Saucony Run For Good Foundation. The grant was submitted by Sports Backers on behalf of Woodville Elementary School; Sports Backers has partnered with Woodville Elementary School for the past three years to encourage its students to participate in their youth running program.

With funding from the Saucony Run For Good Foundation, Sports Backers will be able to provide the assistance and resources necessary to help launch the new Woodville Runs for Fun program this spring. The money will go toward basic necessities such as running shoes, socks, and athletic gear for over 500 students. It will also give students the opportunity to participate in local running events. The Woodville Runs for Fun program will be modeled after the Sports Backers successful Kids Challenge program which was inaugurated in 2005. The incentive-based fitness program provides students with prizes at the 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 mile marks as they work towards the goal of completing their first “marathon” over a 10-week period.

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