Elevance Health Teams Up with Impact Fitness Foundation to Support Victory College Prep

INDIANAPOLIS ~ Elevance Health and Impact Fitness Foundation have joined forces to create a fitness and movement space for Victory College Prep (VCP), a K-12 public school network, in celebration of the Elevance Health Women's Fort Myers Tipoff, a pre-season women's collegiate basketball tournament.

The new fitness space includes new flooring, weight equipment, resistance tools, and a fresh coat of paint that reflects the school colors, mascot, and motto. The goal is to increase the number of student-athletes enrolled in seventh through twelfth grade from 30% to 45% over the next two years.

Lindsay Nelson, Athletics Director at Victory College Prep said: "I'm proud to lead our Firehawks Athletics program and be a role model for our hundreds of student-athletes. I couldn't have dreamed in my first year leading our sports teams that these incredible, generous partners at Elevance Health and Impact Fitness Foundation would join us in community and collaboration to create a new, custom-designed fitness space that will help our deserving students build new skills and confidence that will serve them in the classroom, on the field, and at home."

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Chris Welsh, Founder and President of Impact Fitness Foundation said: "It's not news that regular physical activity helps kids improve their fitness levels and is a necessary part of reducing anxiety and depression. Schools are in a unique position to support their students in this way, yet the importance fitness and movement spaces with a formal curriculum are rarely part of the conversation. We are thrilled to partner with a company like Elevance Health that believes in whole health and is invested in supporting schools that don't have the resources they need."

Following the unveiling of the space, students and coaches took part in a training clinic with athletic trainers from IFF to help orient them to their new facility. Bill Beck, Chief Marketing Officer at Elevance Health said: "As an organization that's working toward improving health outcomes and health equity, we are committed to partnering with those at the community level to help us address the most significant drivers of health. 80% of health is driven by what happens outside the doctor's office, and by providing a fitness space, students will have increased access to resources needed to optimize their physical and mental health."

Elevance Health has partnered with national nonprofit Impact Fitness Foundation as part of their ongoing commitment to equity and providing support for women's health. The strategy behind this partnership is fueled by Elevance Health's purpose to improve humanity's health by addressing equity issues as well as social justice matters.
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