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Niles school chosen to receive $100K DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center

Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles was one of three Michigan schools chosen to receive a $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils made the announcement Wednesday.

Ring Lardner, Atherton Elementary in Burton and Lincoln Park Middle in Lincoln Park were chosen by the multi-million dollar DON’T QUIT! Campaign for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

“It’s so important that we’re working to ensure our kids are living healthy lifestyles,” said Gov. Whitmer. “These schools have shown a strong dedication to helping their students get active, and I’m so excited for them to open up their new fitness centers. The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has been a great partner to us here in Michigan, and I want to thank them for the work they’ve done for students across the country.”

“We were thrilled to see how excited schools from around the state were to take part in our DON’T QUIT! Campaign. We had many exceptional entries this year, but three schools really stood out for demonstrating innovative ways in promoting health and fitness within their schools,” said Steinfeld. “The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils is thrilled to award Atherton Elementary, Lincoln Park Middle and Ring Lardner Middle School with new fitness centers that will have a lasting impact on kids and their community now, and well into their future!  Congratulations to these three schools and to every school that participated in the campaign!”

The fitness centers are financed through a public/private partnership and do not use taxpayer dollars or state funding.

TuffStuff Fitness International provides the equipment.

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Michael 48 days ago
Congratulations to the Niles Community Schools and Ring Lardner Middle School. I was very fortunate and very blessed to have been the Health Education and Fitness Teacher and Strength Coach in the district from 1997 to 2013. I built the original weight room at the Junior High in 1999 that lasted until 2018. The original facility was located where the 6th grade wing was added on to the building. I also had the opportunity to renovate the High School Weight Room in 2012, 20 years after the original facility was built during an expansion in 1992. Glad to see the Vikings still value Physical Fitness and Strength Training for their Sports and Athletics Programs.
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