Prince Fund Grants Awarded for Kids' Fitness
In an awards ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 25, Newport Hospital, through its Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, presented $55,980 to local organizations to fund creative programming designed to keep Newport County children healthy and active.
“Kids often need motivation to stay healthy and realize the benefits of fitness and exercise. The programs Newport Hospital is helping to fund will do just that,” said Arthur Sampson, president of Newport Hospital. “We received an incredible array of proposals for this year’s program. And, we’re pleased to be able to help support programs that show that exercise can be fun and become a part of everyday life.”
Established in 2010 through a grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust, the fund focuses on ways to combat child and adolescent obesity, as well as the abuse of alcohol and drugs, by encouraging projects that promote physical activity as a way to have fun. Now in its third year of providing grants, the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund has awarded nearly $140,000 to local organizations.
According Guillaume de Ramel, who serves on the committee that oversees the fund and whose family provided the initial grant to start it, finding innovative ways to make living a healthy lifestyle important to kids and their families is what the fund is all about.
“Our goal is to encourage and support ‘athletic entrepreneurs’ who can think creatively about ways to incorporate exercise into activities that kids will love,” said de Ramel. He added that he was particularly pleased with the variety of startup ideas submitted in the 21 applications received this year.
Grant recipients and the projects the funding will support: •Island Rugby ($5,000): The Rugby Boy’s U16 & U19 Project will invite Newport boys between the ages of 13 and 18 to participate on rugby teams and compete locally. •FabNewport ($5,000): The Float Your Boat project will give Newport youth ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to build and sail boats on the Newport waterfront. •International Tennis Hall of Fame ($5,000): This program will fund Newport youth who want to participate in junior tennis programs. •Child & Family Services of Newport ($5,000): The Ophelia and Iron John After School Program is specifically geared toward teenagers experiencing difficult emotional times, offering out-of-school opportunities to socialize and engage in yoga, kickboxing, hip hop boot camp, martial arts, and weight lifting. •Rhody Squash ($10,000): An after school program at Thompson Middle School to provide squash instruction, academic mentoring, and community service opportunities. •Island Moving Company ($7,500): Continuation of an after school dance scholarship program providing second and third graders in Newport schools with the opportunity to attend weekly ballet classes. •Norman Bird Sanctuary ($6,780): The Teen Trail Guide Program is designed to engage teens to become healthy and physically active trail guides and role models for younger Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center summer campers. •Bike Newport ($9,200): The Bike Garage North program encourages children to ride bicycles and explore their surroundings; it is designed to keep children physically active, raise their confidence and enable them to have fun. •Star Kids ($2,500): Program for Star Kids’ after school and summer activities.