Spartan Race continues to be a leader in the obstacle racing industry with the announcement today of the new not-for-profit organization – Spartan Foundation. From the inception of the company, one of the ethos of Spartan Race is “Spartans Give Generously” the company is living up to this ethos with it's newest offshoot, The Spartan Foundation. The Spartan Foundation is a community Initiative to address the health and wellbeing of America's youth. The new program will work with Autism Speaks, FNV and initiative to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, and Special Spartans. The mission of this new program is to “To promote sound nutrition, routine physical activity, resiliency, and healthy development in children and young adults through collaboration with schools, diverse organizations, community leaders and young adults.”
Additionally, Spartan Race has paired up with not only the organizations it has also named stand out athlete Kyle Dake as it's Youth Ambassador. For those in the community looking to give back here is an option within the OCR world. See the full press release below.
Spartan Race, the world’s leader in obstacle racing, announced today the launch of the Spartan Foundation, a not-for-profit community-based initiative promoting the sound nutrition, routine physical activity, and healthy development in children and young adults through collaboration with schools, diverse organizations, community leaders and volunteers.
The Spartan Foundation will address improved health, wellness and personal development for children, teens and young adults. Calling on the power of the vast Spartan Race community, the Spartan Foundation will raise funds to spotlight and support organizations whose missions align with the Spartan principles of overcoming obstacles to enrich living and accomplish one’s life goals. The Spartan Foundation will directly support Special Spartans, an obstacle course race program for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities; Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy group; and FNV, an initiative of the Partnership for a Healthier America that encourages kids to eat more fruit and vegetables.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years and in 2015, more than one-third of all kids were overweight
There is much work to be done: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years and in 2015, more than one-third of all kids were overweight. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the current generation may even be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The goal of the Spartan Foundation is to make healthy the new normal.
“The time is now,” said Joe De Sena, Spartan Race founder and CEO. “I invite you to stand with us to help ensure a healthier future for our kids. It won’t be easy, but as Spartans we are used to overcoming obstacles. We believe, with your help, that we are up to the task of helping transform America’s youth.”
Kyle Dake Spartan Foundation Youth Ambassador
To boost visibility for the cause, the Spartan Foundation is partnering with one of America’s outstanding athletes, Kyle Dake, as its Youth Ambassador. Considered to be among the greatest wrestlers of all time, Dake won the NCAA tournament all four years he participated and set an unprecedented record of competing in four weight classes; he is now vying for a place on U.S. Olympic team. Describing his philosophy, Dake said:
“I love Spartan, its fans and believe in getting the most out of life by using the body you are given to achieve the greatest heights you are capable of. I fully support the Spartan Foundation and its great work with kids.”
What You Can Do to Help: Give Generously and Volunteer
Spartan Foundation asks everyone interested in the future of our children to become a “Founding Contributor” by making an initial (tax deductible) donation to the Spartan Foundation. Every little bit helps. Donors are invited to give at least $5 or more by clicking here.
Spartan Foundation received its tax-deductible status as a member of The Giving Back Fund’s family of foundations. Spartan Foundation is a project of The Giving Back Fund, Inc. (Federal Tax ID 04-3367888), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.