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National Fitness Campaign

NCRPA Partners with National Fitness Campaign


The North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) announces that $25,000 Grants are now available to ten NCRPA member organizations in 2020 to support joining the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) and expanding the campaign across North Carolina. These sites will join those already established in Columbus County, Mebane, and Charlotte.

NFC delivers a comprehensive fitness and wellness ecosystem built around their highly acclaimed digital Fitness Court®. This award-winning initiative is now supporting more than one hundred and fifty cities across America. The program is poised to deliver important outdoor wellness infrastructure to help communities stay active across the state of North Carolina in a time of great need, due to significant impact on indoor gyms and fitness opportunities constrained by the pandemic.

Fitness Courts® are becoming one of America’s most valuable park resources because they bring people outdoors to engage in functional fitness on the world’s best outdoor gym, featuring an exciting series of seven minute workouts. Community members enjoy the benefits of digital coaching on the free Fitness Court® App, which delivers fresh content to keep fitness training fun for adults of all ages and fitness levels. NFC trains and certifies local ambassadors as part of the campaign, so local experts can build engagement and usage.

Learn more about the National Fitness Campaign in this short video


This state-wide grant program includes exclusive funding opportunities for NCRPA members to join and launch the Fitness Court® and NFC initiative, continuing education regarding implementation of healthy infrastructure and pedestrian oriented planning principles, and a comprehensive suite of tools, fitness classes and programs designed to build a wellness culture in communities across North Carolina. Grant funding represents an important share of the funding required to adopt and launch the program, with cities and local sponsors bringing remaining funds together to build NFC partnerships across the state.

Twenty remote program briefing slots have been made available between August 3rd and August 14th on a first come, first serve basis to NCRPA members interested in qualifying during the early application period for funding. Briefings must be attended by the Parks and Recreation Director to qualify. Members can request a briefing by contacting Michelle Wells at NCRPA.

Early Application Period Grant Applications are due on September 18th at 5pm PST, and awards will be announced October 5th.

Request a briefing
Internet access is all you need to attend a briefing. Briefings for those interested in participating during the local government FY 20-21 will be held between August 3rd and August 14th on a first come, first serve basis. To schedule a briefing, contact Michelle Wells at NCRPA.