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NRPA Update

Inspiring Excellence

H

ershey's Track & Field Games (HTFG) is the largest youth activity
program of its kind in North America and encourages kids ages 9
to 14 to live balanced, active lifestyles by participating in community track and field games held across the country. This innovative program
has been around for more than three decades and continues to encourage
children and families to participate in fun physical activities to support their
overall well-being.

The Games are a celebration of
excellence - inspiring achievement, encouragement and confidence among youth, families,
friends and coaches.
Achievement: Youth are committed to learning new skills, working
hard and having fun running, jumping and throwing.
Encouragement: Families and
friends share in personal bests and
provide support when the run wasn't
as fast, the jump wasn't as high or the
throw wasn't as long as expected.
Confidence: Coaches and mentors
motivate and teach new activities,
sportsmanship and how to set goals
while inspiring a lifetime of fun and
enjoyment through physical activity.
The Hershey Company is proud
to open the 37th season of HTFG as
part of its commitment to well-being.
Hershey believes that balance is key
to a lifestyle of well-being. The company provides a variety of portioned
products, outreach programs and nutrition information to help families
make informed choices and enjoy the
goodness of everyday moments. Visit
Hershey's corporate website at www.
thehersheycompany.com to learn
more about heritage, citizenship and
well-being initiatives.
The success of the program is
built upon the continued support of
the many volunteers who organize
local HTFG events every year and

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the thousands of families who participate in the fun.
Local Event Ideas
‡ Organize HTFG youth activities at
existing community running events
(e.g., 5Ks, half-marathons).
‡ Partner with a local school to include HTFG as part of a school
field day.
‡ Team up with a local running club
or track and field coach to offer an
instructional program with HTFG
as a culminating event.
Register now to organize a local
HTFG event at www.hersheystrack
andfield.com.

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For the Kids
Ned Cheely devoted nearly 30 years
to Hershey's Track & Field Games, first
as state chair and then as a regional
coordinator. People often asked, " Ned,
why do you do it? " His reply was always the same: " I do it for the kids. "
Cheely passed away in 2005 at the
age of 83, and that same year, the
Needham S. Cheely Jr. Scholarship
Award was established in his memory.
This award recognizes two 14-year-old
North American Final participants, one
male and one female, who demonstrate leadership, character, sportsmanship and athletic performance.
The scholarship winners are announced each year at the North
American Final Celebration. This
year's recipients are Katelyn Rusiniak
of St. John, Indiana, and Cole Leacock
from Brookeville, Maryland.
Katelyn competed in the softball
throw, and in addition to competing in
track and field, she enjoys crafts, a variety of sports, yoga, swimming, exercising and drag racing. She is involved
in her community and has volunteered
for the National Down Syndrome Buddy Walk and the Indiana State School
Music Association Festival.
Cole competed in the 4x100 Meter
Relay. In addition to track and field,
Cole enjoys cooking and exercising.
He volunteers with Food & Friends,
an organization that prepares and
delivers meals to women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
Both Katelyn and Cole will receive
$2,000 in the first semester of their
freshman year of college in honor
of Cheely's commitment to the program and his belief in providing opportunities for young people to be
the best that they can be.



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