The Johnny Keel Wellness Foundation recently presented grants to local schools for use in physical education programs.
Recent recipients include Wilson Central High School physical education teacher Melissa Bunch, Watertown Elementary School physical education teacher Karen Stinnett, Elzie D. Patton Elementary School physical education teacher Brent Kreid and Lebanon High School Air Force JROTC, represented by Maj. Cal Sims and Senior Master Sgt. Krystall Lindsay.
Educators have the opportunity to apply for grants from the Johnny Keel Foundation, which is geared toward encouraging physical activity for health and wellness. The foundation was created in memory and honor of the late Johnny Keel, co-owner of Sports Village, who valiantly battled colon cancer for 10 years – all the while continuing to have a “never give up” attitude and encouraging others to be proactive with their health.
Keel’s wife, Peggy Keel, continued pursuing their shared mission of encouraging people to be healthy and active through the Johnny Keel Foundation, her work at Sports Village and events such as the upcoming Lean In Lebanon – a “Biggest Loser” style one-month activity that begins Jan. 4. The foundation is supported in part by the Go Johnny Go 5K Walk and Run that takes place each May. The next walk/run is May 10.
Lean in Lebanon is accepting applications now. The program is limited to 100 participants, and the fee is $49 per person. Participants must need to lose at least 10 pounds, commit to at least three one-hour sessions each week and must participate in the 2014 Go Johnny Go Walk/Run. Kids Lean in Lebanon starts Feb. 1.