Normally a school’s field day consists of a few games on the playground during the last week of school. This year Indianapolis Public Schools decided to spice things up by creating a district-wide field day event.

IPS Field Day will take place May 20, 2015, at the U.S. Kids Fitness Farm. Dozens of community organizations will be in attendance providing fun activities for our students, including The First Tee, the United States Tennis Association, Indy Eleven, Nine13sports, The Produce Mom and more! Students will also have a chance to meet and interact with all 33 IndyCar drivers competing in the Indianapolis 500.

“This is a win-win situation for IPS students and the community to be fully invested in engaging physical activity and nutrition in an unbelievable environment,” said IPS Health and Wellness Facilitator Kathy Langdon.

The Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation (IPSEF) and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) are sponsoring the event. IMM is even hosting a one-mile fun run for the students!

“Our mission is to educate Indianapolis youth about the benefits of healthy living, proper nutrition and exercise, while supporting local public education,” IMM Executive Director Blake Bolden said. “We’re thrilled that this experience exists for so many IPS students to be active and get on the road to fitness.”

“The IPS Education Foundation exists to provide unique opportunities that enhance the learning experience for both IPS students and teachers,” IPSEF Executive Director Robert Shula said. “Through our partnership with IMM, we are able to support IPS District Field Day to ensure resources are available to make the day as fun and engaging as possible for all of our great students.”

Forty-three IPS schools are participating in this inaugural event, and the excitement is contagious.

“We believe it is important to have fun as a school family and participate in activities that promote health and wellness,” said Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105 Principal Paula Peterson. “This is a great way to celebrate the hard work and dedication our scholars have put in this year.”

“IPS Field Day is a great way to provide an opportunity for our students to have fun and collaborate with their peers,” Stephen Foster School 67 Principal Tanasha Franklin said. “We anticipate a great day and look forward to engaging with community supporters and other schools.”

“This event is about engaging our students in a wide variety of interests while promoting health, wellness and fitness in an interactive and engaging way,” Washington Irving School 14 Principal Karen Hastings said. “It takes a lot of effort to plan a big event such as this, and when given the opportunity, I want my students to be able to take advantage of all that IPS has to offer.”

We’re proud of our Health and Wellness staff for organizing this exciting event, and we can’t wait to take part in the fun on May 20!