ESPN awards grant to club for physical literacy program

ESPN has awarded a grant in the amount of $75,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center to support a new physical literacy program that is being rolled out by physical literacy expert’s at 2-4-1 Sports and West Hartford-based Growing Great Schools program.

Physical literacy is designed to inspire children to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities that inspire a lifetime commitment to a healthy lifestyle, said a press release from the club. The release said 2-4-1 Sports believes that life is too short for just one sport, and exposes participants to an extremely wide range of sports. What makes the new physical literacy program unique is the blending of Growing Great School’s  mission to create a culture of wellness by connecting food, health and the environment, said the news release.

The press release explained this new initiative at the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol will help educate club members and their families to become active participants in their nutritional and physical health, while caring for the planet. Boys and Girls Club of Bristol is the first club in the country to implement such a program, said the press release.

“With the continued support of ESPN we will be able to work with 2-4-1 Sports and GGS to offer physical literacy programming to our children. This support helps add a new dimension to our programs in a meaningful way that will bring about lasting change for our families.” said Michael Suchopar, executive director of BBGC in a press release.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol in their efforts in inspiring kids and their families to commit to a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. We are very proud of our 9 year collaboration with the club,” said Angela Woods, director of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN, said the club’s press release.