First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Selection of Two Kentucky Schools as President’s Challenge State Champion Schools

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 05, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear announced today that two Kentucky schools have been named a “State Champion School” by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). Representing Kentucky are Whitefield Academy in Louisville and Walker Intermediate School in Ft. Knox. This is the second consecutive year that Walker Intermediate has received this designation.

“I am proud to congratulate Whitefield Academy and Walker Intermediate School on achieving this prestigious honor,” said Mrs. Beshear. “These students set a wonderful example for the rest of the Commonwealth. Physical fitness boosts health, academic achievement and self-confidence. I encourage young people to be active several times per week.”

Winning schools have the highest number of students scoring at or above the 85th percentile on the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test. Schools are selected based on total enrollment.

State Champion Schools receive a distinctive award certificate as well as statewide and national recognition for their physical fitness achievement. Students who help their school earn this designation by scoring at or above the 85th percentile in all five components of the physical fitness test receive an embroidered State Champion emblem and an individual certificate.

The five assessments of the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test measures four components of physical fitness: a one-mile run/walk for heart and lung endurance; curl-ups for abdominal strength and endurance; a “sit and reach” stretch for flexibility, pull-ups for upper body strength and endurance; and a shuttle run for agility. Instructors are encouraged to design units so children can gradually improve their physical fitness levels.

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition advises the President through the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on matters involving physical activity, fitness, sports participation and good nutrition. Learn more at

The President’s Challenge is a program of the PCFSN. The President’s Challenge, which began in 1996, honors people of all ages and abilities through a variety of recognition programs. For more information, please visit