CDC’s Community Transformation Grants (CTGs)

May 25th, 2011

Created by the Affordable Care Act, Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease. Over $100M is available for the current year, and local/state health departments are a perfect fit for this opportunity! Deadlines: Letter of Intent: June 6, 2011 […]

PEP Grant eliminated for 2012!? Act now!

May 17th, 2011

Last week, Congressman Duncan Hunter, who chairs the House Subcommittee with jurisdiction over ESEA, introduced a bill that eliminates PEP (along with 42 other programs). Please share with your members and have them send emails, phone calls, etc. to their own legislators, but also to the members of the Subcommittee, whose websites and phone numbers […]

Some Resources for Replenishing Your PE Equipment this Spring…

May 9th, 2011

Hi everybody: It’s May and that means it’s time to inventory your physical education/physical activity equipment. Do you have any beanbags that grew little legs and walked away? Are you sure there were 36 foamballs the last time you looked, and now there are 12? SPARK can help! Everything available in the Sportime/School Specialty catalogs […]

SPARK & Skillastics Team-Up to Get Kids Active

May 6th, 2011

SPARK is proud to announce a partnership with Skillastics, the leader in engaging, reinforcing, and assessing large groups of children PreK-12 in standards-based fitness and sports specific skill development activities. Skillastics, now a SPARK Recommended Resource, will enhance SPARK activities by providing an additional assessment tool, allowing the instructor the freedom to view a large […]

10 Ideas to Improve Your School’s PE Program

May 6th, 2011

SPARK physical education programs are designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes, helping students seek out physical activity and develop a lifetime commitment to wellness. Programs allow students to develop a variety of movement skills and teamwork capabilities so kids feel more comfortable in both group and movement environments, making […]