The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), managed by the National Fitness Foundation, is the national model for fitness education and assessment in schools. The program was established in 2012 in order to promote health-related fitness and provide physical education programs with quality resources and tools to empower youth to be fit for life. The program provides schools with access to best practices, including:
o Training for physical educators
o The national youth fitness assessment standards
o Student & school recognition items
o Grants for equipment, professional development, recognition & more
The National Fitness Foundation administers the program's key initiatives, including grant opportunities and teacher training, in order to prepare children for a lifetime of health and fitness. The Foundation collaborates with the program's founding partners, including the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SHAPE America and The Amateur Athletic Union to support and advance fitness education and assessment practices.
AAU Partners with NFF
In 2019, the AAU became the first founding partner of the National Youth Sports Fund, an endowment managed by the National Fitness Foundation, the only congressionally chartered non-profit focused on youth sports, health, and fitness in the United States.
In conjunction with the NFF, the AAU will administer the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), a program aimed at modernizing fitness education in school physical education classrooms by emphasizing student health, goal setting, and personal progress.
“We're extremely proud to partner with AAU on the Presidential Youth Fitness Program," said Clay Walker, Executive Director of the National Fitness Foundation. "When AAU took over the implementation of the PYFP program at the start of the 2019-20 school year, AAU became the only organization in the country to manage in-school and out-of-school youth sports and fitness programs.”