Nominate a School

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils aims to improve youth fitness by recognizing schools that actively promote physical activity and wellness to students. The NFGFC is selecting schools in participating states to receive a state-of-the-art fitness center.


  1. Funding priority will be given to applicants determined to have a significant low-income population demonstrated by a high percentage of participation in free and reduced-price meal programs.
  2. When available, funding priority will be given to applicants determined to have a significant proportion of students considered to be overweight or obese identified by high body mass index (BMI) measurements when compared to the state average.
  3. Funding priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate a robust plan for using the equipment provided by the grant in growing and improving their physical education and academic programs.


  1. The elementary or middle school is a public or public charter school.
  2. The majority of students are between the ages of 8 and 13 years.
  3. The school must have instructional physical education for all students in every grade and have an existing gymnasium or designated facility for physical education.  This designated facility must meet the requirements set forth in the Physical Requirements and Conditions Form.


A donation of fitness equipment worth approximately $100,000 will be granted to three qualifying schools in each state.  The award is comprised of strength training equipment, cardio fitness equipment and interactive exercise games; and includes the design, delivery and installation of the equipment within the school’s existing building structure.


Select the link below to download the nomination form for your state.  Fully complete this form and email to,

Or print and mail form to:

1416 NE Prescott St.
Portland, OR  97211

The nomination period is now closed and we can no longer accept applications from the following states:
New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, West Virginia

Please continue to check this page to find out if your state has been chosen for the next National Champion School campaign!


Physical Criteria
To be eligible for the fitness center award, a school must meet the following physical criteria:

  • The space must be approximately 960-1,500 sq. ft.  This is equivalent to a 24-ft x 40-ft room.  (Please note that an area smaller than the recommended 1,500 sq. ft. can only accommodate class sizes of less than 25 students.)
  • The space must be on the first floor of a building.
  • The room must have a minimum ceiling height of 8 feet.
  • Door openings must be at least 28-inx 84-in.
  • The roof, floor and walls must be structurally sound and able to pass current public building codes and safety standards.
  • The room must have a properly functioning 110 Volt/12Amp grounded power outlet.
  • The ventilation system must adequately support a full class of students without concern for health or overheating issues.
  • Rubber or other athletic sports flooring is recommended (not required) for noise reduction, easier maintenance and improved safety.
  • The room must be fully secured to prevent vandalism or theft.

Room Preparation
Prior to installation of the fitness equipment, the room must be cleared of all items (e.g., desks, chairs, wall hangings) and painted.  We recommend that this preparation be done by students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders to help build community ownership of the new fitness center.

If selected as a National Champion School, building officialswill be required to coordinate with TuffStuff Fitness Equipment personnel to schedule the delivery and installation of the fitness equipment.The school will need to provide parking accessibility for a 40-ft commercial truck within 50-100 ft. of the fitness center.  The designated parking area must be secured by the school for up to 8 hours while the equipment is installed.

The fitness equipment includes TuffStuff’s standard commercial factory warranty and product liability insurance. The school must provide an insurance plan to cover theft or damage not covered bythe TuffStuff warranty.

Photo Submission
If selected as a National Champion School Finalist, the school will be required to promptly submit photos of the designated room, door openings, hallways and outside area.  These photos will be used to plan the design and installation of the fitness center.

Tracking Results
Winning schools will be required to answer short quarterly surveys for a period of time after receiving the fitness center to track the impact and results of the program on the student population.

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