PITTSBURGH, PA – The USA Track & Field Foundation in partnership with GNC Holdings, Inc. is launching a month-long fundraising and awareness campaign at GNC stores and online at GNC.com. The Foundation was launched in 2005 to assist dedicated Olympic hopefuls realize their dreams and potential.
In 2014 and 2016 GNC raised a combine total of over $229,000 in support of the USATF Foundation and are once again accepting donations at any GNC Live Well location or online at GNC.com. Fundraising kicks off on Thursday, June 1st and remains active until Wednesday, July 5th. As an incentive, GNC customers who make a donation to the USATF Foundation will receive a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase that will be valid from June 1, 2017 to August 1, 2017. 100% of all donations collected go directly to USATF Foundation programs.
“GNC is proud to support these dedicated track & field athletes, both at the youth and elite levels. The USATF Foundation’s Run With US! program is important because it inspires the next generation of athletes to begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We applaud the contributions made in past years and hope we can continue to make a difference this year,” stated GNC CEO Bob Moran.
Monies raised will help the USATF Foundation expand their Run With US! and Elite Athlete Development Programs. The Run With US! Program enables athletes who are training for the Olympics to realize their dreams while giving back to their communities — inspiring youth with their stories of dedication and strength.
Run With US! was launched in 2012 and uses American heroes — our track & field athletes — to inspire children to get fit, make healthy choices while learning to set and achieve their goals. As part of the program, track & field Olympians and Olympic hopefuls visit schools and community centers, where they talk about the importance of fitness, nutrition, and making positive choices.
Tom Jackovic, Executive Director of the USATF Foundation stated, “We can’t say thanks enough to GNC and their customers for the generosity extended to support our programs. The impact is tremendous.”