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USATF, Sigma Gamma Rho Partnering with RunJumpThrow

28 Sep, 2015


First-Ever Partnership for USATF and an HBCU Greek Letter organization

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., has partnered with USA Track & Field to promote youth activity nationwide through RunJumpThrow, USATF announced.

USATF and The Hershey Company in 2015 teamed up to create RunJumpThrow (RJT), a hands-on learning program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. To date, the program has reached more than 100,000 children.

VIDEO OF RunJumpThrow (RJT)

With nearly 500 chapters, Sigma Gamma Rho and its members aim to enhance the quality of life within the community through public service, leadership development and education of youth. Through its partnership with USATF, Sigma Gamma Rho chapters and members will host RunJumpThrow events locally, while USATF and the sorority will join forces to host national and regional RunJumpThrow events. Partnered events will include hosting RJT at Sigma Gamma Rho’s 2016 Youth Symposium and 56th Bienne Boule.

"Statistics show that almost one in four children is suffering from childhood obesity, so we know that our children need more opportunities to exercise. Through the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority partnership with USATF and RunJumpThrow, our goal is to provide more opportunities for exercise and fun," said Bonita M. Herring, International President, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

“Partnering with Sigma Gamma Rho on RunJumpThrow is a great way to impact the lives of children and rally the support of college students and accomplished professionals,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “With the partnership of nationally respected service organizations like Sigma Gamma Rho, the mission and goals of RunJumpThrow will reach an even wider audience and positively affect even more lives.”

Through RunJumpThrow, kids participate in fun, hands-on learning events designed to build basic skills of running, jumping and throwing. RunJumpThrow may be conducted as a single-day event or as a six-week curriculum. The program includes a written lesson plan an instructional DVD, detailing instructions for as many as 20 physical activities.

For more information on RunJumpThrow, please visit usatf.org/runjumpthrow

About USA Track & Field: USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.

About Sigma Gamma Rho: Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has almost 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Members aim to enhance the quality of life within the community through public service, leadership development and education of youth. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically.

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