Publications

Sponsored by Gympass, IHRSA's second children's book teaches kids that there are fitness activities in every country that are fun to do. This book is sure to make a unique educational gift for children worldwide. It also makes a great gift for family, colleagues, and teachers in your life—and is a perfect addition to any facility’s child care or babysitting area.

“Gympass is committed to defeating global inactivity and proudly supports IHRSA and Active Cat Around the World in this effort,” says Marco Crespo, CEO of Gympass, USA. “As a father of two young children, I know the impact that a book like this can have in encouraging children to be active and I can’t wait to read it to my kids!”

Written by Jay Ablondi and Jim Schmaltz, and illustrated by Stan Tran, Active Cat Around the World playfully showcases Active Cat traveling the world in search of fun sports to play and meeting new friends along the way.

“Our goal is to promote physical activity for kids of all ages as well as learning about different cultures and countries,” says Ablondi, a father of two daughters, ages 6 and 9. “My girls provided plenty of input on Active Cat and his adventures, so this book is not only kid-tested, but peer-reviewed!”

“Some cats lie around all day, but you and I like to move and play! Wouldn’t it be fun to visit other lands, and be active with our animal friends?”