Nov. 2, 2016

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RightFit,
a new not-for-profit organization, will launch a multifaceted pilot program at
four Indianapolis-area schools beginning in January 2017. An informational
public meeting was held at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Victory Field.

RightFit’s
mission is to provide an after-school program that creates an opportunity for
elementary school students to build positive relationships with public safety
personnel and fight childhood obesity through nutrition-oriented education and
physical activity. The program will be made possible by partnerships with
Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indianapolis Indians, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and other
community partners. 

 

“We are
most appreciative of the endorsement we received from Dr. Ferebee and the
Indianapolis Public Schools Board on Thursday night to begin the RightFit
Program in January,” said Cal Burleson, Indians vice president of baseball and
administrative affairs. “We have four enthusiastic principals, seven committed
entities from Public Safety, and a host of other community partners supporting
RightFit.”

The
pilot program will run three days per week from January through June 2017.
Participating schools will be Daniel Webster School 46, Wendell Phillips School
63, Meredith Nicholson School 96, and Holy Angels Catholic School, a Notre Dame
ACE Academy of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. 

 

Key
elements include: 

 

  • An
    incentivized exercise program staffed by Indianapolis Public
    Safety. 
  • Volunteer
    support
    utilized beyond public safety for staffing exercise and tutoring
    sessions. 
  • Dinner
    will be provided at no charge to all student participants. 
  • Transportation
    home for all participants at IPS schools.