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Main Scholarship, Community Service Award deadline nears

It's no secret that health club operators share a goal of helping people to lead a healthy, more active lifestyle. But a club's impact often extends far beyond the benefits of working out.  

Applications for the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award and the 6th Annual Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship are currently being accepted. Recipients for both will be recognized during IHRSA 2014 at an awards presentation with videos highlighting their achievements. 

IHRSA's annual Outstanding Community Service Award honors and celebrates clubs that are as committed to making an impact in their community as they are to improving members' fitness levels. The award was established in 2009 to recognize IHRSA members that have done an extraordinary job of serving the local community. 

IHRSA has honored clubs whose accomplishments range from founding a nationally recognized tennis program for people with special needs to donating time, services, food and toys to local community organizations in need. The 2013 recipient, Franco's Athletic Club, has raised more than $1.5 million for charitable organizations. In addition to donating memberships and services to school fundraisers, the club has donated swimming pool services and free swim lessons to special needs children for the last 20 years.

The Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship recognizes women who exemplify what Julie Main stood for - professionalism, excellence, courage, perseverance, and tireless contribution to the industry and community. In 2013, Radka Dopitova Wilson was named the winner, and with it the scholarship to attend IHRSA's Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. Like Julie Main, Dopitova is also a breast cancer survivor who has developed a reputation in her community for touching the lives of cancer survivors through her cancer wellness programs and training. 

Submissions for the Outstanding Community Service Award and the Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship must be received by Nov. 15, 2013. Apply today, or encourage a colleague to apply!

Check out IHRSA's awards page for more information and how to apply. 


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