Newport Mill Middle School Unveils New Fitness Center

At ribbon-cutting rally, Hogan called it “shining example of public-private partnerships”


Published:

Entrepreneur Jake Steinfeld (left) and Gov. Larry Hogan watch students test out the new workout equipment at Newport Mill Middle School.

Joe Zimmermann

Amped up by a pep rally, hundreds of students cheered Tuesday as officials announced the opening of the school’s new fitness center.

Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington was one of three schools in the state selected to receive a $100,000 “DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center,” a program by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils.

The Foundation is chaired by Jake Steinfeld, a fitness entrepreneur and founder of the “Body by Jake” brand. It has brought fitness centers to more than 20 states.

In the school’s auditorium Tuesday, Steinfeld said he was overweight and had a stuttering problem when he was in middle school, but found confidence through exercise and hoped other students can, too.

“When you have confidence and self-esteem, you can do anything with your life,” he said. “When you exercise and feel great, you’re less likely to take a drug. When you exercise and feel great, you’re less likely to join a gang.”

The workout room features about 30 pieces of equipment for cardio, strength and flexibility training. The school previously had 10 working pieces of outdated equipment.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who attended the event with other state officials, said the new center would help promote health lifestyles “for the next generation of Marylanders.”

“Education is and always will be our top priority, and we’re working hard to make sure that every single child in Maryland has access to a world-class education, no matter what neighborhood they grow up in,” he said. “As Mr. Jake said, if you’re physically active and you’re healthy, then you’re more likely to be engaged and you’re going to do better in the classroom.”

After the pep rally, students and officials, including Principal Panagiota Tsonis, cut the ribbon for the facility and toured the room as a group of students cycled through the machines.

Hogan also praised the Fitness Councils’ work with companies. Partnerships with private companies like Nike and Wheels Up pay for the fitness centers, according to a press release.

“This program is the shining example of public-private partnerships that can change our schools and our communities for the better,” Hogan said.

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

School Notes: Walt Whitman High Holds ‘Whitman Strong’ Day in Wake of Losses

Plus: Hogan again rebuffs school board’s request for calendar wiggle room

Police: Family Dispute Preceded Apparent Murder-Suicide in Silver Spring

Son allegedly shot mother and himself in her apartment in complex for senior citizens

Snow Likely Today; Board Supports Funding Plan for Metro; Three New Marijuana Stores Approved for Montgomery County

News, announcements and other helpful links for Friday morning

Rockville Woman Accused of Killing Her Infant Daughter

Two-month-old died in February
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

New Arts and Crafts Home

Bethesda, $1,499,000

2.5 Stunning Acres

Potomac, $925,000

Renovated Row House on Tree Lined Street

Washington, DC, $1,299,000

New Home Community

Bethesda, $1,350,000

Truly Sensational Property

Potomac, $3,799,900
Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module