The Tennis Industry Association, a long standing and proud supporter of the SFIA's National Health Through Fitness Day, would like to extend its congratulations to the SFIA and the SFIA staff on another successful year of lobbying Congress to get America moving and improve health through its annual National Health Through Fitness Day.
This year's National Health Through Fitness Day, held March 13, brought together a record 150 sports industry leaders and executives to reach out to congressional members and encourage them to support legislation for a fitter America. In addition, SFIA continuosly brings in major sports stars and celebrities who support the NHTFD cause and event. This year, soccer sensation Mia Haam, was on hand to help in the effort.
"It’s so important to be involved in an event and cause like ‘National Health Through Fitness Day,” said former U.S. Women’s Soccer legend Mia Hamm (Gatorade). “As an athlete, I know the importance of physical activity and the role it plays in a healthy lifestyle. It’s up to us to raise awareness and make it a part of every American's life."
The SFIA, working in conjunction with the new PHIT America campaign, arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday with an unprecedented advocacy effort that was geared at helping get Americans more active and becoming healthier by promoting two important pieces of legislation: the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant and the PHIT Act, which would expand eligible reimbursement expenses from pre-tax accounts to cover physical activity costs.
The celebrity athlete delegation also included former National League MVP Jeff Kent (Easton); current Baltimore Ravens/Super Bowl winning wide receiver Torrey Smith (Under Armour); LPGA great Lorena Ochoa (PING); Major League Lacrosse star Paul Rabil (Warrior); four-time Olympic water polo medalist Heather Petri (USA Water Polo); 2012 Olympic beach volleyball silver medalist April Ross (Mizuno); undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder (Everlast); four-time NFL All-Pro linebacker Ken Harvey; former NFL defensive back John Booty; and former U.S. Soccer National Team player Taylor Twellman (MC10).