The Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club Up for National Grant and Needs Jacksonville’s Support
JACKSONVILLE, FL, Sept 2, 2011 – The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen the Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club as a finalist to be voted upon through Facebook for a $12,000 grant. The Shannon Miller Foundation is the only finalist from Florida in the “Friendship” category.
“Winning this grant would mean another 3,000 children in the Jacksonville community would be served by our in-school running clubs. The SMF Running Club provides free programs for children ages 5-14 teaching leadership skills, goal setting and a lifelong love of physical fitness,” states Shannon Miller. “With the click of a button you can spread the word for everyone to vote for this terrific program. Please share this information on your social media outlets, email, etc. to help the greater Jacksonville area’s children have fun while being fit.”
Voting begins today and runs through the 18th. To vote, you must first “like” the US Olympic Team, and then you can vote once per category, per day. By 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) on Sept. 18, the two videos in each category with the most votes will receive the $12,000 grant.
Follow the link below to see the Shannon Miller Foundation’s Finalist Video and Vote.
For the official USOC Press Release:
ABOUT SHANNON MILLER FOUNDATION
As a response to the epidemic of childhood obesity, the Shannon Miller Foundation is working to increase physical activity for America’s youth. The Shannon Miller Running Club is a program that is utilized in public and private schools and other organizations that serve children. Children spend 30 minutes or more a minimum of twice each week, running, skipping and, walking. Anything works as long as they are moving forward under kid power.! At various milestones (5 miles, 10 miles, 26.2 miles, etc.) they earn a chain for their backpack and colorful tokens to wear on it. In addition to the token incentives, the children earn praise, self-confidence, and an increased level of fitness.
In it’s first year, 2011, SMF served 3,000 children who participated in this 12 week program. The result was leaner bodies, fresher minds, calmer spirits, and a love of being physically active. Many children realized their potential as leaders and athletes for the first time.
ABOUT SHANNON MILLER
Shannon Miller is the only American to rank among the top ten all-time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice (individual 2006 and team 2008). She is the only US gymnast to win two world all-around titles. Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US women’s first ever team gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured gold on the balance beam.
Miller is now President of Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, as well as an author, television personality, and host of Shannon Miller Lifestyle Radio presented by St. Vincent’s HealthCare. She holds a BBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. She founded the Shannon Miller Foundation dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and is Co-Chair of the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.
Miller continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon and her husband welcomed their first child John “Rocco” on October 28th, 2009.