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OKCBF Receives Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. (June 1, 2011) The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation is one of five organizations across the U.S. to receive the 2011 Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The award is given annually to recognize efforts to provide or enhance opportunities for the community to engage in physical activity, fitness, or sports programs.

Other organizations receiving the award include Girls in the Game, Chicago, IL; Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation and Harvard Medical School, Wellesley, MA; Nike N7, Beaverton, OR; Texercise, Austin, TX. In addition to the organizations honored, 45 individuals across the nation were recognized with the 2011 award.

To highlight the importance of this achievement for the city, Mayor Mick Cornett approved a resolution, which was adopted by the City Council at their Tuesday meeting and presented to OKC Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp.

"We offer all sorts of ways for people to have fun on the Oklahoma River, and you don't have to be an athlete to get involved," said Knopp. "When you're having fun, it doesn't feel like a fitness program -- and that's how we believe you can change people's lifestyles. We offer them something that's more fun than sitting on the sofa."

OKC RIVERSPORT offers rowing, kayaking and dragon boat activities, as well as free weekly running and cycling programs for participants ages 8 and older.

"We're especially focused on providing at-risk youth with opportunities to get involved," Knopp said. "We offer high school kayak and rowing leagues, and we have a summer Let's Move program for younger kids. It's all made possible by our local corporate sponsors who believe as strongly as we do in the importance of getting kids to be more active."

Inspired by the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative, the Let's Move 2011 OKC RIVERSPORT Challenge is an eight-week, multi-sport program for youth ages 8-12. During the program, which begins June 6, children run, bike, kayak and explore healthy eating options. Parents can register their children in this free evening program at either the Chesapeake Boathouse downtown or at
the Route 66 Boathouse at Lake Overholser. More information is available at

"Without the generous support of Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, OGE, Chickasaw Nation, SandRidge Energy, Kimray, INTEGRIS Heart Hospital and OneOk, Inc., we would not be able to offer these unique sports and fitness experiences to so many of our youth," Knopp said.

About the Council

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is a committee of up to 25 volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about opportunities to develop accessible, affordable and sustainable physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition programs for all Americans regardless of age, background or ability.

The President's Council (2010-2012) is led by two Co-Chairs: New Orleans Saints Quarterback and Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees and three-time Olympic Gymnast Dominique Dawes. For more information about PCFSN, visit

The OKC Boathouse Foundation promotes the use and development of the Oklahoma River as a world-class urban aquatic venue and provides access to rowing, kayaking and fitness programs for people of all ages and abilities. OKCBF programs pursue the highest goals of sports and embrace the principles of the Olympic spirit which inspire athletes to work toward personal excellence, embrace the power of teamwork, and practice respect for all people and the environment. To learn more or get involved, call (405) 552-4040 or visit

Elizabeth Laurent (405) 314-6113 or (405) 722-6113
Sherry Andrusiak (405) 314-0716


A project of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation

725 S. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
(405) 552-4040