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Three Idaho schools win new fitness centers valued at $100k through fitness foundation

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Emmett Middle School, Fairmont Junior High in Boise and Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot will receive DON'T QUIT! fitness centers valued at $100,000 from the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils. (Courtesy of Emmett Middle School)

Three Idaho schools will receive DON’T QUIT! fitness centers valued at $100,000 from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, according to a press release.

Emmett Middle School, Fairmont Junior High in Boise and Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot are the recipients of the centers, the release said. The foundation has gifted fitness centers to schools in 40 states, with plans to reach all 50 states in the near future.

The foundation announced it had chosen Idaho as one of the states for its 2022 campaign in February, and encouraged elementary and middle schools to apply through March 16.

“I’m excited that so many elementary and middle schools took the opportunity to apply for this gift from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little said in the release. “There were so many entries that really highlighted how our state, educators and students prioritize fitness. Congratulations to the three winning schools and everyone who applied.”

Each fitness center is financed through partnerships with private companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Foundation and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding, according to the release. The fitness equipment is provided by My Fitness Store Commercial.

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