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Giving Schools The Tools To Succeed

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils

Since our founding in 2012, we will have achieved our mission of gifting state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! fitness centers to al 50 states in our great country!

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Our Mission

For the last 40 years Jake has led the charge regarding the importance of physical activity as a way to combat childhood obesity. But the benefits don’t stop there. Exercise has also been proven to provide a positive effect on a child’s mental health as well. In fact, the most underutilized antidepressant is exercise!

Our kids are our most precious resource and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we will be helping them excel beyond their wildest dreams.

Applications now open!

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered up with Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and New York for our 2024 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. If you have a school in one of these four states that wants a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness center, then download your application today!

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By the end of the year, the NFGFC will have gifted DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers to all 50 states. We’ve delivered DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers to 46 states plus Washington, D.C., and this year, we are adding four more to our DON’T QUIT! family including Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and New York.

Each DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center is financed through public-private partnerships with companies, including Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Fit Supply provides the fitness equipment. The foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life, and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism, and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

We have witnessed firsthand the positive impact our DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers have on students and communities. When you provide schools the tools, you’ll be amazed by the changes that take place. Not only are we seeing increased academic scores, but we are also seeing confidence and self-esteem skyrocket.

For more information about the NFGFC or to download an application, visit