Children's Fitness Champions

Teachers, principals, parents, and community leaders are the backbone of NYRR’s youth programs. We are thrilled to have these dedicated partners. Their enthusiasm and hard work pay off in healthier, happier kids. Children’s Fitness Champion awards are a way to honor educators whose efforts have transformed their school’s culture and created a better future for all their students.

Children's Fitness Champions 2011-2012

Torchbearer Awards were presented in June 2012 to the following principals:

  • Chad Keone Farias, Keaau Elementary, HI. Nominated by Maile Bellosi.
  • Tammie Hinton, Red Bluff Elementary, TX. Nominated by Kathy Byrd.
  • Yolanda Rairez, PS 38 K, NY. Nominated by Jennie Buonocore.
  • Cheri Rasmussen, Crooked RIver Elementaty, OR. Nominated by Amee Pickhardt.
  • Israel Soto, PS 57 M, NY. Nominated by Maisha Cadet Duvall.
  • Kathy Tucker, Ketterlinus Elementary, FL. Nominated by Toni Kellerman.
  • Jill Vice, Governor Bent Elementary, NM. Nominated by Eileen Luchini.

Coach, Site Coordinator, and Team/Site awards were announced in September 2012.

2011-2012 Mighty Milers and Young Runners award winners

Hall of Champions

In the spring of 2009 we selected our inaugural class of leaders who reside in our Hall of Champions. These fourteen recipients are a model group of members who set the benchmark for years to come in what we plan to be a National Association of Champions.

Constance Alchus • Callie Athanasakos • Dan Bellino • Ruben Betancourt
John DeMatteo • Alfonso Eugenio • Nancy Landau-Gahres • Dinah McCann
Kenneth Robinson • Sarah Rosenblum • Emily Sanderson • Steven Sloan
Shawanda Weems • Thomas Yahn

Become a Children's Fitness Champion!

Mighty Milers and Young Runners 2013 guidelines will be available soon.

Nominate your principal or director as a 2013 Children's Fitness Champion! The Torchbearer Award is for leaders who go above and beyond to support your Mighty Milers or Young Runners program. The application will be posted in February 2013.