Three West River schools win $300K in fitness equipment

Mgn 1280x720 80628p00 LqydbPIERRE, S.D. — Three West River schools have been named as winners of the DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center Campaign.

Fitness icon Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld and Governor Kristi Noem announced Custer Elementary School, Newell School and Sturgis Williams Middle School as the winners, and all three schools will receive $300,000 in fitness equipment.

“Exercising builds both physical and mental strength. We want South Dakota to be a leader in teaching kids the building blocks to health and wellness throughout their lives,” said Gov. Noem. “There were so many great applications that really showed how South Dakota schools are making fitness a priority. Congratulations to the three winning schools. And thank you to Jake Steinfeld and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for their generous support of our students, their families, and our schools.”

Jake Steinfeld reached out to Gov. Noem about a public-private partnership to provide fitness equipment free of charge through the campaign.

“We had a tremendous response from schools throughout the great state of South Dakota. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of Governor Kristi Noem, who helped make this campaign a huge success by putting the health and well-being of South Dakota’s kids first,” said Jake Steinfeld. “These three schools really embodied our mission of building a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. I’m thrilled to announce that Custer Elementary School, Newell School, and Sturgis Williams Middle School are all being awarded brand new $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers. Congratulations to all, we look forward to visiting these three schools during our ribbon-cutting ceremonies this fall!”

The winning schools will celebrate the award with a ribbon cutting ceremony this fall.

You can click here to see the reactions from the winning schools when they were told they won.

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