The IHRSA Foundation was established in 2012 with a core mission: to promote health through exercise. The importance of "health through exercise," has never been more apparent than in the last 18 months.
As a global pandemic took its toll, the importance of physical activity for physical health, mental health, and even protection against more severe COVID-19 outcomes became more evident. So, too, has the need to create inclusive, equitable access to opportunities to be physically active for people of all ages and abilities.
The IHRSA Foundation shared many exciting updates in our 2020 Annual Report including:
IHRSA’s commitment to the IHRSA Foundation’s financial future, dedicating 1% of all revenues to the IHRSA Foundation starting January 2021,
Ongoing projects, including the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Innovation Grant,
The launch of consumer research in collaboration with ABC and ClubIntel, and
Ongoing consumer messaging campaign developing with ClearView Insights.
What’s New Since June?
Completed the “Building Capacity to Expand Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disability in Mainstream Fitness” Project
Through 2020 and 2021 IHRSA Foundation worked with support from the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Innovation Grant, supported by the CDC, on a project to raise awareness and develop educational resources to help health clubs include more people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in the mainstream fitness experience.
The project was completed on June 30, 2021, and resulted in:
Reporting of survey data providing insights from participants with ID and their experiences using health and fitness clubs,
Insights and considerations from health and fitness operators around disability inclusion,
A comprehensive toolkit on expanding inclusion of people with ID in mainstream fitness, and
Compiled page of resources from Special Olympics, IHRSA Foundation, and American Council on Exercise on the inclusion of people with ID in fitness.
These resources are available on ihrsafoundation.org.