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Clay Walker Named Executive Director of the National Fitness Foundation
By: joe favorito
The National Fitness Foundation was congressionally chartered in 2010 to support and strengthen the mission of the President's Council by generating private sector investments and partnerships to help all Americans live active, healthy lives. The Foundation leads the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the national model for fitness assessment and education in schools. Through the provision of grant opportunities and training resources, the program has reached more than 20 million students nationwide.
"We are thrilled to welcome Clay as the Foundation's new Executive Director and are confident that his unique leadership and business experience, combined with his proven knowledge of the sports industry, will help to bring exciting partnerships, initiatives and solutions to the Foundation's work," says National Fitness Foundation Board Chairman Jimmy Lynn. "Clay's ability to build strong strategic plans and his passion for healthy living will help the Foundation impact even more children, schools and communities across the country."
Clay joins the Foundation after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of PrestoSports, the largest independent collegiate athletics software provider in the U.S. Prior to PrestoSports, he led fundraising initiatives as the Chief Executive Officer of BigTeams software platform and served as the Vice President of Business Development at USA TODAY Sports. Clay's leadership experience also includes a 13-year tenure as the Senior Vice President of the NFL Players Association's licensing and marketing division. In 2005, he made the Sports Business Journal's Forty Under 40 list of most influential people in sports business.
"Clay will be an outstanding leader for the Foundation, and a dynamic partner as we work to advance the Council's key priorities and initiatives focused on expanding and encouraging youth sports participation,"
A Virginia native, Clay earned a B.A. in English from East Carolina University, an M.B.A. from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently serves as a member of the Advancement Council at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, as well as the Advancement Council for the College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University.
"I'm excited to join the Foundation and help develop public-private partnerships that expand youth sports participation, especially in underserved communities,"
About the National Fitness Foundation
The National Fitness Foundation is the only congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on health and fitness. Established in 2010 as the official charity of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, the Foundation uses public-private partnerships to accelerate solutions that prepare children for a lifetime of health & fitness. With the focus on ensuring that all students have access to quality physical education, the Foundation leads the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the nation's model for fitness assessment and education in schools.
About the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
The mission of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition is to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and abilities and to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all Americans. For more information about PCSFN, visit fitness.gov and follow us on Twitter@FitnessGov.
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