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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning Foundation sponsors a Youth Running Program for Academy Prep Centers Facilitated by Motion Sports

Physical education and health are critical elements of the curriculum at both Academy Prep Centers. This semester during each physical education class in Tampa, an initiative is teaching technical running skills with a focus on life-long fitness. With the support of the Lightning Foundation and the New York Runner's Foundation, the running model is being implemented by the charity arm called Beach Charities of Motion Sports Management, a not-for-profit corporation that produces quality running events. Volunteer coaches, Angie Orr and Mary Ann Renfrow, facilitate the initiative along with our physical education instructor, Crystal Evans.

Each child sets their own goals and receives incentives for reaching 5 mile milestones. Operating during February and March, Tampa students ran over 600 miles. The training culminated with students participating in two charity runs this spring. The initiative will become a regular part of the curriculum for both of our campuses.

Amy Mandel, owner of Feet First assisted Nancy Crane, Executive Director of the Lightning Foundation in donating 68 pairs of running shoes for the students at Academy Prep Center, Tampa. Thank you to Feet First, the New York Runner's Association and Motion Sports Management for partnering with the Lightning Foundation to make all these kids CHAMPIONS! If you would like to be a sponsor a runner during the 2006-07 school year, please call Nancy Crane at (813) 301-6590.
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