Free in-school program inspires Indiana kids to experience physical activity of any kind, instills lifelong healthy habits
INDIANAPOLIS (August 20, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, in partnership with INSHAPE (Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators), today announced that registration is open for the 2019-2020 500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE. Mini-Moves is a free, in-school program that inspires Indiana kids to experience physical activity of any kind and instills a lifetime of healthy habits. Now in its second year, Mini-Moves consists of in-class activities, goal setting and culminates with an event to celebrate the joy of physical activity. Indiana educators can register their school for the 2019-2020 Mini-Moves program by visiting IndyMini.com/MiniMoves.
Mini-Moves is the first program of its kind for Indiana. Launched in November 2018, the program has been created by Hoosier educators, for Hoosier educators. In its first year, more than 43,300 Hoosier kids from 1,681 Indiana classrooms participated in Mini-Moves, exploring a variety of physical activities, while learning a lifetime of healthy habits. Mini-Moves was also named a Project Play Champion by the Aspen Institute in recognition of the program’s work to build healthy communities and children through all types of physical activity.
Mini-Moves is a free in-school program that leverages the value of Indiana being the home of the Indy 500 and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to further a culture of running, walking and movement in grades K-12. Students learn through a variety of in-class activities and goal setting. The culmination of Mini-Moves is a celebration event, where students celebrate the joy of physical activity. The program offers maximum flexibility for teachers, so it can be implemented over any course of time – a week, month or the entire term. Mini-Moves consists of:
- Customizable Activities & Materials: Different materials, activities and resources are available for students of any age – from elementary to high school.
- Turbocharged Experiences: Leverage the value of Indiana being home of the Indy 500 to inspire students! From resources and grants for professional development, the opportunities are fast paced and exciting!
- Celebration Event: The culmination of the program, a celebration event encourages students to celebrate the joy of movement – today and for a lifetime.
- Fundraising: Mini-Moves provides the opportunity to raise funds specifically for the advancement of a school’s Physical Education program, in addition to supporting physical education across Indiana. 100% of funds raised will stay in Indiana!
New for the 2019-2020 school year, Mini-Moves will offer an optional fundraising program. Funds raised will provide teachers with resources to support school health and physical education programs as well as the advancement of the health and well-being among all Indiana students. 100% of funds raised through Mini-Moves will stay in Indiana. The Mini-Moves fundraising program will be available to participating schools starting in October.
“The first year of Mini-Moves was a massive success, resulting in more than 43,300 Hoosier kids embracing the joy of any type of physical activity. That momentum, coupled with the hard work and commitment from Indiana’s educators, will only amplify the success of Mini-Moves,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Through our partnership with INSHAPE, Mini-Moves will equip teachers across Indiana with the tools and resources necessary to take action and get Indiana kids moving!”
“Active kids learn better. When students receive quality health and physical education, they do better physically, socially and emotionally. We are proud to partner with the 500 Festival to offer Mini-Moves to the very teachers who are on the front lines, helping our youth create a love of movement for a lifetime of healthful living,” said Gary Lemke, executive director of INSHAPE. “Mini-Moves fundraising gives Hoosier communities the opportunity to give where they live. They’ll support their local school’s physical education programs as well as invest in the critical components for advancement of physical activity around Indiana, including grant opportunities, scholarships, resources and more.”
Mini-Moves is produced by the 500 Festival, an Indiana nonprofit responsible for one of the nation’s largest half marathons – the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, in partnership with INSHAPE, a professional association for educators engaged in the promotion of quality health, physical education, recreation and sport in all Indiana schools. Mini-Moves is supported by Community Health Network and the 500 Festival Foundation.
To register for the 2019-2020 500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE, or to learn more, visit IndyMini.com/MiniMoves or search #minimovesIN on social media.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
INSHAPE (Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators) is a professional education association for teachers, administrators, researchers, coaches, college students and other professionals who are engaged in and dedicated to the promotion of quality health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport in public and private schools, colleges and universities, and community agencies throughout Indiana. INSHAPE is committed to ensuring all Indiana children benefit from healthy, physically active lives and provides leadership, professional development, resources, recognition, and advocacy that support educators at every level. The mission of INSHAPE is to advance professional practice and promote health and physical education, physical activity, fitness, dance, and sport. The Association is affiliated with SHAPE America.