Loudoun Country Day School PE Teacher Honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award

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The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected Loudoun Country Day School’s physical education teacher, Chip Ross, to receive a 2011 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals who improve the lives of individuals within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected Loudoun Country Day School’s physical education teacher, Chip Ross, to receive a 2011 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals who improve the lives of individuals within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.

Chip Ross has been teaching physical education (PE) at Loudoun Country Day School (LCDS) since 1980. During that time, he has helped build a strong PE program that supports age-appropriate physical development and emphasizes the importance of good sportsmanship, character, and healthy physical activity, while ensuring the opportunity for participation by all students.

By drawing from the classic games of childhood; consistently offering an afterschool sports program; and helping to develop a middle school PE program that now incorporates cross country, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, tennis, and volleyball—he has helped strengthen the fitness of thousands of kids, inspiring their confidence and their love for physical activity. The PE program that Chip has helped create recognizes the important role that healthy physical activity plays in cognitive function and academic success. And it supports the school’s commitment to educating the “whole child.”

Of particular note, Mr. Ross established the school’s developmental swim team roughly 20 years ago, when few in the area existed. Over the last two decades, he has dedicated significant time and energy into ensuring that the students at LCDS have the opportunity to develop swimming skills that will carry with them throughout their lives. He welcomes the possibility that the school may one day be able to add a pool to its program.

“It is our pleasure to present this award to Chip Ross,” says Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Physical activity and good nutrition are important components of living a healthy lifestyle, and we are pleased to recognize individuals like Chip Ross who are committed to making a difference and positively influencing the health of their communities.”

“Chip’s steady, positive influence over the past three decades has helped scores of young children grow into individuals who believe strongly in their own self-efficacy,” said Dr. Randy Hollister, LCDS Headmaster. “His emphasis on fitness, teamwork, perseverance, and other valuable life lessons has benefited our students well beyond the playing field. We are extremely grateful for the contributions he has made to our school and community.”

This year, the President’s Council presented the Community Leadership Award to 38 individuals across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities.

About the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN)
PCFSN promotes healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, engage and empower all Americans. PCFSN is a committee of volunteer citizens appointed by the President who serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. For more information about PCFSN, visit http://www.fitness.gov. For more information about the President’s Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program or the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, visit http://www.presidentschallenge.org.

About Loudoun Country Day School
Loudoun Country Day School, an accredited, independent, coeducational school, educates students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. LCDS cultivates the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of each child. The school prides itself on its rigorous core curriculum, nurturing environment, and extensive programs in foreign languages, arts, technology, and athletics. LCDS inspires excellence and builds character, preparing each child for the challenges ahead.

The physical development of students is an important part of the mission and educational program at LCDS. The school is proud of its physical education program, particularly its emphasis on skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship and the importance of exercise in leading a healthy, productive life.

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