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ORR Middle School receives President’s Council Honor

Posted 3/19/2008

LAS VEGAS-University of Nevada Cooperative Extension announced last week that William E. Orr Middle School received the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) Demonstration School special honors from 24 Hour Fitness. In an effort to address the national childhood obesity epidemic, the President’s Council project promotes and recognizes elementary and secondary schools that emphasize physical activity and fitness in their physical education (PE) programs and in the school environment throughout the year.

Along with four elementary schools and three other middle schools who received recognition as PCPFS Demonstration Centers, Orr Middle School was selected to receive this special honor because in addition to their excellent and creative PE programs, they notably reflect an entire school "culture" of promoting physical activity. Teachers promote and instruct after school programs with a nearly 40 percent participation from students, lunchtime intramurals are offered, and even the principal can be seen riding his bicycle to supervise students around campus.

24 Hour Fitness honored Orr Middle School’s efforts by donating a HOPSports Training System which was presented to the school at the assembly by the company’s CEO, Tom Root. HOPSports delivers 21st century physical education with its unique multi-media, technology driven, standards-based physical education system that merges technology with fitness knowledge. Also present from 24 Hour Fitness was Troy Croghan, Director of Team Sports, Corporate Office, Damion Clanton, Regional VP of the Northwest Division and Jeff Na, District Manager.

Jason "Jay" Williams, an employee of 24 Hour Fitness, a former Duke Basketball star and 2002 Naismith College Player of the Year, whose NBA Chicago Bulls rookie season was cut short by a catastrophic motorcycle accident attended the assembly and created an energetic atmosphere in the Orr Middle School gymnasium. Williams conducted competitions and games to get the students up-and-moving. Jamba Juice also sponsored this event providing smoothies to all the staff at Orr Middle School.

Eight schools total were awarded as Demonstration Centers by the Partners for a Healthy Nevada, a community obesity prevention coalition. Schools were selected based on several criteria and each had set a standard for teaching physical education and promoting an active school environment. Along with Orr Middle School, the following seven schools were selected as President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Demonstration Centers:

  • Paul E. Culley Elementary School
  • John A. Dooley Elementary School
  • Roger D. Gehring Elementary School
  • R. Guild Gray Elementary School
  • Clifford J. Lawrence Junior High School
  • Bob Miller Middle School
  • Del E. Webb Middle School

In Southern Nevada, the Partners for a Healthy Nevada coalition took the lead to re-establish the President’s Council on Physical Fitness locally. Members of Partners for a Healthy Nevada include the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Southern Nevada Health District, the Clark County School District, UNLV, the American Heart Association and others. For more information about the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Demonstration Centers or the Partners for a Healthy Nevada, contact Anne Lindsay, State Coordinator for the PCPFS at (702) 940-5434 or e-mail lindsaya@unce.unr.edu.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from University of Nevada-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu or call (702) 222-3130.

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