Liberty students told not to quit

By EMILY EARNHART

Tribune Chronicle

LIBERTY – “Heartbreaking” was the word Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, used to describe his being cut from the eighth grade basketball team.

The “Body by Jake” entrepreneur and fitness buff told students Monday at Liberty Local Schools that what motivated him to keep going was a line of poetry: “It’s when things seem worst that you just don’t quit.”

Steinfeld and Gov. John Kasich were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new fitness facility for the district. Carved from the 600-square-foot area of the William S. Guy Middle School gymnasium, the Don’t Quit Fitness Center includes 34 pieces of equipment worth $100,000 and is set up in a timed circuit training approach.

Beyond the new fitness facility, however, the ceremony was an opportunity to motivate students, Kasich said.

“I am not here for politics,” Kasich said. “I am here because the community did something special. It all starts with a strong body and a strong mind.”

Although the governor would not speak about politics, he and Steinfeld brought the elementary and middle school students to their feet as they spoke on making students strong.

Superintendent Stan Watson said,”The program targets middle school and elementary school students who will be able to access the area during school day.”

The district hopes the facility will allow student to use exercise machines before and after school, and that the program will expand, the superintendent said.

Liberty is one of three districts in the state to be awarded a Don’t Quit Fitness Center. The school was picked based on need and for the innovative ways it was promoting fitness and nutrition.

The grant, supported without taxpayer funds, entirely through corporate sponsors, provided set-up and installation of the facility,Watson said.

The other Ohio schools receiving new fitness centers were in Cleveland and Toledo.

“A decision changes everything, and when you decide to make a change in your life, that’s when change happens,” said Steinfeld, who represents the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils.

eearnhart@tribtoday.com

Liberty students told not to quit

By EMILY EARNHART

Tribune Chronicle

LIBERTY – “Heartbreaking” was the word Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, used to describe his being cut from the eighth grade basketball team.

The “Body by Jake” entrepreneur and fitness buff told students Monday at Liberty Local Schools that what motivated him to keep going was a line of poetry: “It’s when things seem worst that you just don’t quit.”

Steinfeld and Gov. John Kasich were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new fitness facility for the district. Carved from the 600-square-foot area of the William S. Guy Middle School gymnasium, the Don’t Quit Fitness Center includes 34 pieces of equipment worth $100,000 and is set up in a timed circuit training approach.

Beyond the new fitness facility, however, the ceremony was an opportunity to motivate students, Kasich said.

“I am not here for politics,” Kasich said. “I am here because the community did something special. It all starts with a strong body and a strong mind.”

Although the governor would not speak about politics, he and Steinfeld brought the elementary and middle school students to their feet as they spoke on making students strong.

Superintendent Stan Watson said,”The program targets middle school and elementary school students who will be able to access the area during school day.”

The district hopes the facility will allow student to use exercise machines before and after school, and that the program will expand, the superintendent said.

Liberty is one of three districts in the state to be awarded a Don’t Quit Fitness Center. The school was picked based on need and for the innovative ways it was promoting fitness and nutrition.

The grant, supported without taxpayer funds, entirely through corporate sponsors, provided set-up and installation of the facility,Watson said.

The other Ohio schools receiving new fitness centers were in Cleveland and Toledo.

“A decision changes everything, and when you decide to make a change in your life, that’s when change happens,” said Steinfeld, who represents the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils.

eearnhart@tribtoday.com