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LMS Physical Education Department Awarded SHAPE America Grant

The PE Department at Reed Elementary pose for a group photo.

The Ladue Middle School’s Physical Education Department was selected as a 2016 SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart Grant Recipient for its passion and commitment to the Hoops For Heart Program! The grant will allow the department to expand both its curriculum and focus on student health.

Recipients of the grant receive:

  • $1,300 professional development stipend to attend the 2016 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from April 5-9, 2016
  • One copy of the 2014 National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education
  • $1,200 U.S. Games gift certificate redeemable for equipment to enhance their school’s physical education program
  • Invitations to special events where the physical education teachers and coaches will meet other physical education and JRFH/HFH leaders from around the country
  • Opportunities to share what makes the LMS program special by contributing to The Pulse, the JRFH/HFH national newsletter
  • One-year SHAPE America membership

Jason Theodosiou, physical education/health instructor and 8th grade sports coordinator, submitted a breakdown of how the funds would be used to promote student health.

“I tried to base it around the heart and things that would help our department,” he said.

The grant will be used to purchase a Polar GoFit H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate sensor 10-Kit, a Volley-Racket Class Pack and a Homedics Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor.

The grant was based on the efforts of the entire LMS Physical Education Department over the course of the past 16 years of doing the Hoops for Heart Fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Since 1998, the Ladue Middle School has raised and donated more than $56,000 to the program. Last year, the school raised the largest donation yet at about $9,500.

Staff members in the LMS Physical Education Department include:

  • Chad Anderson
  • Kevin Clawson
  • Cord Dockery
  • Stephanie O’Neal
  • Jason Stendeback
  • Jason Theodosiou
  • Tricia Wideman
  • Vanessa Wojtow
  • Jessica Young

The department was also awarded a matching grant of $200 through the United States Tennis Association for the purchase of tennis racquets and tennis balls.