Annika Foundation, SPARK Team Up For Nationwide ‘Healthy School Makeover Contest’

Leading Health and Physical Education Organizations to Provide Makeover Worth $45,000 in Support of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – The ANNIKA Foundation and SPARK™ announce video entries are now being accepted for the nationwide Healthy School Makeover Contest, with the winner receiving an unprecedented grand prize worth $45,000 in educational materials, training and equipment.

Individuals can nominate a school by submitting a short video explaining why their school needs a healthy school makeover and how they’ll use the grand prize award to improve the health of their students. Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam will present the grand prize to the winning school.

The contest, managed by SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched and field-tested physical education program and a division of School Specialty, features products and services from leading organizations including Sportime, AAHPERD/NASPE, Healthy Kids Challenge, Skillastics, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, GenMove, The First Tee, Polar and the ANNIKA Foundation.

Entrants can post videos on, and all entries must be received by October 31, 2012. The public will vote on the videos from November 1 to November 14, 2012 to determine the finalists. A panel of judges will then select the winner.

“Budget cuts continue to negatively impact health and physical education programs. Many schools are not receiving the quality services they need and their students deserve. The Healthy School Makeover Contest will transform one location into a model healthy school, and we hope it will ‘SPARK’ countless others to follow suit,” says Paul Rosengard, Executive Director at SPARK. “We are calling on educators and students to motivate people to vote by sharing their stories about the importance of healthy living and how their school can be a positive example for others.”

The contest grand prize includes:
• SPARK: SPARK Curriculum and Training package, valued at over $10,000
• Sportime: Equipment package aligned with SPARK program, valued at up to $9,000
• Healthy Kids Challenge: “Balance My Day” nutrition curriculum package and training, valued at $2,400
• AAHPERD/NASPE: Customized Lets Move in School training package valued at $4,500
• Skillastics: Two Let’s Move in School Skillastics packages and training, valued at over $2,000
• Healthy Lifestyle Choices: HLC Curriculum and Training package, valued at $5,500
• GenMove: Equipment, programming and training package valued at $3,300
• The First Tee: The First Tee National School Program curriculum, training and equipment, valued at over $3,200
• Polar: Polar Active classroom pack, valued at $3,300
• ANNIKA Foundation: Annika Sorenstam to present grand prize to winner
To find more information about the contest, as well as a list of rules, visit

SPARK is a collection of research-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs for educators serving Pre-K through 12th grade students. Since 1989, SPARK has provided educational resources, teacher training, and consultation to over 100,000 teachers and youth leaders, representing many thousands of schools, organizations, and agencies worldwide. For more information on SPARK, visit or email spark(at)sparkpe(dot)org or call 1-800-SPARK-PE.

About School Specialty
School Specialty (NASDAQ: SCHS) is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops, and provides PreK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources, and school supplies. For more information about School Specialty, visit

About the ANNIKA Foundation
The ANNIKA Foundation ( teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

The Foundation annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls, including the award-winning ANNIKA Invitational AJGA tournament at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, China’s first all-girls junior tournament; the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, played in Sweden; and the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for the top juniors in Sweden.

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