Southern California Fitness Tour Kicks Off in Alhambra

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Free world-class fitness is coming to the Los Angeles metropolitan area! The City of Alhambra, California, has partnered with National Fitness Campaign to install a Fitness Court® — a free-to-the-public outdoor gym and community fitness hub — in Alhambra Park.

Alhambra is an award-winning community, ranked among the state’s top 20 cities to raise a young family with a high quality of life. Located just minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, the Alhambra Fitness Court will be a gorgeous outdoor exercise experience, made free and accessible to everyone.

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Alhambra Park is the city’s premier destination for outdoor activity. A fun and modern children’s play facility, water park, swimming pool, family picnic areas and acres of open green space are some of the many amenities visitors can enjoy here. Adding the Fitness Court® makes this park the ultimate one-stop-shop for recreation and wellness!

The city’s Director of Community Services, Christopher Paulson, saw that the progressive nature of the Fitness Court allows users to tailor workouts to meet their current fitness levels. In partnership with NFC, Chris and his team are working with local fitness groups to activate the facility and offer adaptive routines for adolescents, adults and seniors alike!

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On Saturday, July 28th all friends and neighbors in Alhambra and the Los Angeles metro area are invited to attend a Launch Party Celebration for the Fitness Court®. Kicking off at 10:00 AM, attendees will get acquainted with their new gym through interactive fitness demos, group classes and a community fitness challenge. There will also be free Fitness Court swag, health food vendors, special guests and even a chance to be featured in local and national media!

 

See you at the Alhambra Park Fitness Court!

 

Partnerships Have Transformed Public Spaces in Mishawaka Indiana

The Mishawaka Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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Surrounded by lush trees and the St. Joseph River, Mishawaka Indiana's outdoor Riverwalk is the new home of the Mishawaka Fitness Court®. This community hub provides bodyweight circuit training workouts for adults of all fitness levels — and is completely free to use.

Containing over 550 acres of parks and trails, the City of Mishawaka is filled with unique and exciting outdoor opportunities. From movies in the park to co-ed volleyball, yoga to day camps, Central Park is a perfect home for the Fitness Court® — and a great family-friendly space to move and play.

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Through the leadership and support of Phil Blasko, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation, partnership with National Fitness Campaign and nearly 50 local donors, sponsors and residents, this project has been brought to life to support a healthier community. 

THANK YOU MISHAWAKA FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

 

Cleveland Clinic Sponsors Free Fitness Court in Avon Ohio

The Avon Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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Rich in history and situated just minutes away from the shores of Lake Erie, the city of Avon’s residents call it the best place to live and work in northeastern Ohio. Adding to its impressive list of recreation and quality of life amenities, Avon has partnered with the number two hospital system in the country to install the Avon Fitness Court® — the first Court this year to be activated in the state!

With the new Fitness Court, a world-class workout is within reach for every resident of Avon, and even for those in neighboring communities. The Cleveland Clinic mission of “moving the dial on advocacy and policy, healthy lifestyles, education and economic vitality” aligns perfectly with this initiative to support free and accessible fitness for everyone.

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For outdoor recreation, the Avon Park and Aquatic Facility is the community’s favorite family-friendly destination. Featuring an olympic-sized pool, all-inclusive playground, amphitheater, and nature trail, this hub for healthy living is a perfect home for the world’s best outdoor gym!

 

THANK YOU AVON FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

Parklab Brings Fresh Outdoor Gym To Mission Bay

The Parklab Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Fitness Court Is Unique Workout Place In Walkable Community Space

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The Fitness Court®

Parklab, a leading group of open-space innovators in San Francisco, has partnered with National Fitness Campaign to install and activate a state-of-the-art outdoor gym facility for all ages in Mission Bay. Now this neighborhood is making fitness free — for everyone!

The new Parklab Fitness Court® is an outdoor bodyweight circuit training facility designed to transform the already thriving public space into a community fitness hub. The Fitness Court® wellness ecosystem is best used with the free Fitness Court App, which residents can use to track their training progress, learn new routines or compete in exciting fitness challenges.

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Newest Addition to Parklab Commons

Mission Bay neighborhood residents enjoy a unique community landscape that connects, activates, and celebrates healthy urban infrastructure. The new fitness court joins the existing Parklab Commons’ public parks, SPARK Social SF food truck park, the Urban Sprouts community gardens, and the upcoming mini golf course, stretching five blocks across the Mission Bay neighborhood, along Mission Bay Boulevard North and South, from Terry A Francois Boulevard to Longbridge Street.

“NFC is proud to partner with Parklab Mission Bay, a community that prioritizes the health and well-being of residents. We can’t wait to launch our outdoor gym to such an active neighborhood here in our hometown of San Francisco” said Mitch Menaged, Founder. “See you on the Court!”

Community Celebration

The block party-esque Solstice Carnival is hosted by Parklab and Urban Sprouts, in collaboration with SFF Soccer, SPARK Social SF, Power Play SF, National Fitness Campaign, 826 Valencia, and the San Francisco Public Library. The celebrations featured fitness demos with prizes and giveaways, a petting zoo, food trucks, beer garden, hands-on gardening workshops, face painting, games, and live music. 100% of event proceeds support the Urban Sprouts job training programs, providing dynamic, green job opportunities to SF youth.

 

THANK YOU PARKLAB FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

Janesville Debuts First-In-Wisconsin Fitness Court with Local Hospital

The Janesville Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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The new Janesville Fitness Court® is the result of an incredible public-private partnership between the City of Janesville, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, and National Fitness Campaign. In this fast-growing community, making the healthy choice the easy choice has never been more important. City Manager Mark Freitag and Recreation Director Shelley Slapak have kicked off a citywide health initiative to get active this summer — and that begins with making small, positive choices each day.

At the Janesville Fitness Court, residents can get a quick workout at any skill level, from functional fitness beginners to competitive athletes. For partners at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, this program can work for everyone that visits downtown. “As a lifelong Janesville resident, I’ve always hoped for something like this,” said Eric Thornton, VP of Operations for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. “For a free, accessible, fitness court for folks to be able to take advantage of when it fits their schedule.”

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In Wisconsin’s Park Place, as the city is known, the bar has been set high for other communities statewide to make fitness free, accessible to all — and fun! With their Fitness Court®, the first to be launched in the state, Janesville adds to their already comprehensive recreation opportunities. Throughout the summer, adults and kids alike can learn ceramics, fish, train for a triathlon, play tennis, or watch movies in the park — and now they can get a free world-class workout!

 

THANK YOU JANESVILLE FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

 

New Fitness Court Launches in Active Cadence Community

The Cadence Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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Located in the city of Henderson, Cadence is Nevada’s fastest growing and top selling master-planned community. Soon, the Cadence development’s 2,200 acres will host over 13,000 state of the art homes, and as a “bike-sharing, park-going, event-throwing home community unlike any other”, Cadence will now offer the first Fitness Court® in Nevada state!

Cadence living extends beyond simply having a home — the community prides itself on providing a distinct and complete experience for residents. The neighborhood’s 450+ acres of open spaces include parks, trails, and a free bike share program. At Cadence, health, wellness, and outdoor activity are at the heart of the daily life.

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Open to Cadence homeowners and city of Henderson residents alike, Central Park is a treasured 50 acre community hub featuring amenities like a multi-lane lap pool, splash pad, outdoor amphitheater, and even free Wi-Fi. In partnership with National Fitness Campaign, the LandWell Company — developers of the Cadence compound — will install a one-of-a-kind Fitness Court® in Central Park to make world-class fitness free for everyone in Henderson!

 

THANK YOU CADENCE FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

 

Westfield Indiana Opens State's First Outdoor Fitness Court

The Westfield Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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As the home of the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp, Westfield Indiana is known for providing best-in-class recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. With over 100 miles of winding trails and uniquely community-driven facilities development, this city knows what it means to keep citizens happy and healthy. Through a partnership with National Fitness Campaign and local wellness groups, citizens will soon have access to the world’s greatest outdoor gym — the Fitness Court®.

This project, like all new city-wide initiatives, was made possible with the support and hard work of city leaders and members of the community. The Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Chris McConnell, and Darin Moore, owner of local fitness center ThriveFit, have worked together to make sure that when the Westfield Fitness Court opens, there will be an active family of users in the city. NFC is thrilled to bring our free-to-the-public outdoor gym to an exciting location in this gorgeous Indiana community.

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In Asa Bales Park, families and friends can enjoy beautiful grassy open spaces, a skate park, new playground, and natural amphitheater — and now a perfect, easy outdoor workout! Easily accessible from one of the city’s many trails, adults of all ages are drawn by the thousands to this active park system throughout the spring and summer each year. Now it is also the home of the first Fitness Court® in the Hoosier State!

 

THANK YOU WESTFIELD FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

 

Wonderful Fitness Court Comes to McFarland

The Wonderful Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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The vibrant community of McFarland, nestled in California’s Central Valley, is home to beautiful parks and popular outdoor recreation opportunities. Every year, visitors from nearby cities visit McFarland for multi-week festivals and sporting tournaments. This year’s annual Cinco De Mayo celebration will be particularly special, as the city opens the world’s best outdoor gym — the Wonderful Fitness Court®.

In McFarland, the Recreation and Parks District works year-round to provide a steady heartbeat of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy.  In McFarland Park, home of the new outdoor gym facility, visitors can relax at a picnic, watch their children play, have fun in the beautiful open space, and now they can grab a fast and effective full body workout!

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This project was made possible through the generous patronage of the Wonderful Company, who reach far beyond their iconic, healthy products to create positive impact in the lives of residents of the Central Valley.  National Fitness Campaign is honored to collaborate with the team at Wonderful and the remarkable General Manager of the McFarland Recreation and Parks District, Jeff Nickell, to bring this program to life.

THANK YOU MCFARLAND FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

 

Okmulgee Main Street Opens Free Fitness Hub

The Okmulgee Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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Along their historic Main Street, the City of Okmulgee will soon showcase the first ever Fitness Court® in the state of Oklahoma! Situated only 40 minutes south of Tulsa, this great city offers small town charm with the excitement of life in a big city.

In partnership with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, the city has joined forces with National Fitness Campaign to bring a world-class outdoor gym to a nationally acclaimed, active location — and dressed it in the iconic OSU orange!

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Located in the heart of the downtown corridor, visitors of the Okmulgee Fitness Court® will be able to pair a full body 7-minute workout with a scenic jog or bike ride along the pedestrian-friendly main street.

Fitness is a priority in Okmulgee, and the project came to life thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team: city staff, community sponsors, friends and neighbors! This group of champions was led by Okmulgee Public Works, City Manager Roger Ballenger, CP Kelco and Walmart Okmulgee — all working to make the healthy choice an easy choice in their city.

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THANK YOU, OKMULGEE, FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

 

First of Three Fitness Courts Launches in Pensacola Florida

The Pensacola Fitness Court at Vince J. Whibbs Community Maritime Park is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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Known for its beautifully protected beaches and array of recreational opportunities, Pensacola has earned its place as one of Florida’s most popular travel destinations. The city has partnered with a community leadership program to bring free fitness to their residents with the world’s greatest outdoor gym — an NFC Fitness Court®.

The location of the first of three Fitness Courts to be installed this year in a city-wide initiative to provide access to outdoor exercise and community wellness, Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park is located along a breathtaking expanse of waterfront green space in Pensacola. The park features a 3,200 seat multi-purpose stadium, an open-air amphitheater... and soon, it will soon house the first Fitness Court in the Sunshine State!

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National Fitness Campaign is proud to team up with the City of Pensacola and the Greater Pensacola Chamber Foundation's Leadership Class of 2018 (LeaP) to make this project a reality. Championing this journey to free fitness was Brian Cooper, Director of Pensacola Parks & Recreation, as well as the 40+ students enrolled in the LeaP class. Together, this team shared the value of free fitness across the community and built support with local leaders, businesses, and residents.

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Thank you, Pensacola, for putting free fitness on the map!

 

First Free Outdoor Fitness Court In Alabama Opens In Dothan

The Dothan Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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DOTHAN, Alabama – March 12, 2018 – The City of Dothan has partnered with National Fitness Campaign (NFC), inventors of the Fitness Court®, local businesses, and community members to install and activate a state-of-the-art outdoor gym facility for all ages at Westgate Park.

Dothan has made the health and wellness of their citizens a priority, and now they are making fitness free — for everyone! The new Fitness Court® is an outdoor bodyweight circuit training facility designed to transform public spaces into community fitness hubs.

This system also includes a free Fitness Court App that residents can download and use to track their training progress, learn new routines, or compete in fitness challenges.

“Our team works hard to help our residents stay happy and healthy” says Kim Meeker, Assistant Director of Leisure Services for Dothan. “We’re the first city in Alabama to have a Fitness Court® in 2018, and we’re excited to be leading the way with such a great community wellness hub.”

Residents are invited to attend an Opening Day Training Camp on Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 to 12:00pm for fun training challenges, prizes and giveaways, and a chance to be featured in local and national media.

“A permanent gym membership doesn’t have to cost a dime. NFC is excited to partner with the city leaders and incredible local sponsors helping us bring this free outdoor gym to Dothan,” said Mitch Menaged, Founder and Director of National Fitness Campaign. “I’ll see you at the Fitness Court®!”

 

THANK YOU, DOTHAN, FOR PUTTING FREE FITNESS ON THE MAP!

Partnerships Have Transformed Public Space in Fate

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

Here's How It Happened:

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The expansive Robert Smith Family Park in Fate, Texas, will soon be the home of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall Fitness Court®. This fastest-growing city in the Dallas metro has partnered with a local health care provider, alongside National Fitness Campaign, to create a beautiful, outdoor community hub for wellness.

Users of the Fitness Court® will also be able to use the park’s walking trail and other great amenities like a disc golf course, pavilion, playground and LED solar lighting that allows a family-friendly space to move and play.

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A trailblazing team of three are working together to champion the local wellness program in Fate, and to expand access to healthy infrastructure. Together, the Assistant City Manager, Justin Weiss; Special Assistant to the City Manager, Jessica Larson; and the Director of Public Works, Steve Gilbert, saw an opportunity to impact their community for the better — and they took it!

The facility's captivating back wall pays tribute to Texas Health Presbyterial Hospital Rockwall, who has also played a major role in bringing the project to life. The hospital devotes itself to the community it serves, and supporting the Fitness Court® aligns perfectly with their "family helping family" approach to healthcare.

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Thank you, Fate, for putting free fitness on the map!

 

100-City National Fitness Campaign Previews In Grapevine

The Grapevine Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!

 

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National Fitness Campaign is thrilled to open the first Fitness Court in Texas this Saturday, December 16

The REC of Grapevine and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) will host a preview of NFC’s upcoming 100-city national campaign to make healthy activities and wellness free and accessible to all, with the Texas debut of “the world’s best outdoor gym experience,” NFC’s Fitness Court®. 

Grapevine Parks & Rec Director Kevin Mitchell will kick things off alongside Fitness Court® creator Mitch Menaged. With giveaways from local and national merchants, the event will also promote NFC’s new mobile app, developed exclusively for the Fitness Court® and the upcoming 100-city campaign. A group demonstration and competitive challenge led by world-class trainer Alvin Holden will include a custom workout guide from NFC’s national campaign sponsor Fit Radio.  

WHEN: 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 16, 2017

WHERE: The REC of Grapevine 1175 Municipal Way Grapevine, TX 76051

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National Fitness Campaign Recognizes Partnerships With 50 Showcase Cities Across America

Limited Funding Still Available to Join 2018 Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 9, 2017 – National Fitness Campaign (NFC) announced this week that grant funding has been awarded to 50 NFC Fit Cities, with only 50 grants remaining for 2018.

To provide free fitness for residents and activate public spaces, communities across the country have joined the 2018 National Fitness Campaign and will install the outdoor NFC Fitness Court® next year.

Showcase cities have demonstrated their commitment to making fitness free and fun for all, marking them eligible for one of 100 grants available in 2018, provided by National Fitness Campaign on behalf of their official music sponsor, Fit Radio.

NFC is excited to welcome these first 50 cities to the Campaign, and invites Mayors, Administrators and Park Directors to visit the NFC website to learn more about how their communities could be eligible for remaining grant funds.

In central California, where a group of tenacious high school cross country runners inspired a generation of athletes and scholars, city leadership has committed to promoting free world class fitness with the installation of a new NFC Fitness Court® in 2018.

In Oklahoma and Indiana, decision makers have teamed up with community members to reimagine wellness improvements citywide. An oceanside southern California community will showcase an NFC Fitness Court® at the beach, in close cooperation with the Mayor’s office and local businesses. Next year in New Jersey, a revitalized riverfront park will feature the world’s best outdoor gym – for residents and visitors alike – with stunning views across the water of the New York City skyline.

“We’re ecstatic to be halfway towards our goal of building partnerships in 100 cities next year,” said Mitch Menaged, Founder and Director of NFC. “This fitness program has energized the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco for nearly four years, and our team is ready to make world class fitness free across the country in 2018.”

Grant funding is still available for 50 cities to build a local Fitness Court® and bring the growing 2018 National Fitness Campaign to every state across the country.  City leaders and community supporters can learn more by watching the two minute Campaign video on the NFC website here:  nationalfitnesscampaign.com/video

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ABOUT NFC:

National Fitness Campaign, founded in 1979, partners with local communities and nationwide sponsors to develop the modern fitness infrastructure. The NFC Fitness Court™ ecosystem combines digital tools, evolving challenges and best in class equipment to create the world’s best outdoor gym experience. With original locations in over 4,000 cities worldwide and a new flagship installation in San Francisco, California, the National Fitness Campaign is committed to making world class fitness free.

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Press contact:

Cree Larson — NFC Partnerships

(415) 900 – 4NFC

cree@nfchq.com

 

The Most Beautiful Gym in the United States is Completely Free.

Overlooking the San Francisco Bay and located along the Marina Green trail network, the San Francisco Fitness Court is the most scenic gym in America. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge while working out and can follow up their circuit training with walks or jogs through the Presidio National Park or Historic Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco ushered in a new generation of outdoor fitness Infrastructure when it debuted the Fitness Court in 2013. Since then, the National Fitness Campaign has studied and perfected the court’s design, developing new digital tools and incentives to ensure that users enjoy the best possible experience in public spaces. The campaign in San Francisco also benefits from a mobile app, an ongoing membership drive and a strong social media presence that keep users engaged online and on-the-court.  We think everyone deserves a membership to a great free gym which is why we want to put a Fitness Court a city near you.

Fitness Courts are the result of great local partnerships. In San Francisco, NFC was fortunate to work with Rec and Park Director Phil Ginsburg. Phil believed in the National Fitness Campaign and worked tirelessly to launch the court and help it flourish.

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The San Francisco Fitness Court is just the start. Inspired by the success of our first Fitness Court, NFC is working with cities throughout the country to build and open Fitness Courts in 2018. We’ve already awarded $10,000 grants to 50 partner cities across 25 states. There’s still time and funding available for cities to join the 2018 campaign.

 

National Fitness Campaign Announces Grant Funding for 100 Fit Cities

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 11, 2017– National Fitness Campaign (NFC), leading partner in community fitness, is now accepting grant applications to join the 100 Fit Cities Campaign in 2018.

Selected cities will showcase a world class NFC Fitness Court™, a free outdoor bodyweight fitness program reimagined to transform modern public spaces.  The NFC ecosystem combines a simple, seven minute, high quality workout and connected, digital platforms to build fit communities.

In 2018, each Fit City will get moving like never before, and provide their citizens of all ages a social, educational, fun and free outdoor health program.  Watch the campaign video here: NFC Fitness Court™

Today Mitch Menaged, founder and inventor of the Fitness Court™, announces the 2018 Fit City Sponsor — Fit Radio. Partnered with Fit Radio, NFC will award $10,000 per city to support the development of localized fitness campaigns in 100 iconic new locations across the United States throughout 2018.

With beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the modern redesigned Fitness Court™ was installed in San Francisco in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors use it every year, and now “cities across the country have been begging for one of their own,” says Menaged. “NFC is excited to partner with people that want to promote healthy lifestyles and connected communities.”

Early grant applications will be approved on a rolling basis beginning in June 2017. Grants will be awarded to qualified cities each month, with partner announcments commencing in August.

Those interested in partnerships should contact info@nfchq.com or visit nationalfitnesscampaign.com.
 

ABOUT NFC:

National Fitness Campaign, founded in 1979, partners with local communities and nationwide sponsors to develop the modern fitness infrastructure. The NFC Fitness Court™ ecosystem combines digital tools, evolving challenges and best in class equipment to create the world’s best outdoor gym experience. With original locations in over 4,000 cities worldwide and a new flagship installation in San Francisco, California, the National Fitness Campaign is committed to making world class fitness free.

 

Press contact:

Cree Larson — NFC

Partnerships & Development

(415) 900 – 4NFC

cree@nfchq.com