2015-04-09 / Around Town

Grants to Promote Health and Wellness

Guillaume de Ramel, chair of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Committee, with grant recipient Erin O'Gara Dollard, of the Potter League. Guillaume de Ramel, chair of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Committee, with grant recipient Erin O'Gara Dollard, of the Potter League. Last week, the Newport Hospital, through its Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, awarded more than $75,000 to 13 local grant recipients to help fund innovative programs that increase the physical activity and health of Newport County children and families. Community programs for 2015 range from biking, ballet, soccer, rugby, and trail guiding to courses that teach pet care and how to design, build and row a boat.

“Healthy activities have to be fun and engaging for kids to be interested, and importantly, stick with them,” says Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “The local programs that Newport Hospital is helping to fund this year embody a creative approach to good health and fitness for children and families throughout Newport County.”

In 2010, a $3 million grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust was conferred to Newport Hospital by Elizabeth Prince of Newport and her children Guillaume de Ramel, Diana Oehrli and Regis de Ramel. Established in partnership with Newport Hospital, the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund was created with that donation to accommodate school-age children who do not have access to other programs. Its focus is on activity, participation, and innovative initiatives that stress improving fitness levels and self-discipline and instilling an aversion to the use of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. More than $215,000 has been awarded to area organizations to date.

“Our focus is on finding and lending support to alternative, effective programs and strategies for getting children to move more in new and different ways,” says Guillaume de Ramel, “and instilling in them an appreciation for the longterm benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”

This year’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund recipients and programs include:

. Bike Newport ($5,000) for continuation and expansion of a community based children's biking program.

. East Bay Community Action Program ($9,528) for the Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone program: Healthy Me! to promote health and wellness activities for Pell Elementary School students during after-school hours.

. Fab Newport ($5,000) for the Float Your Boat program where youth and families work together to design, build and row their own boats.

. J. H. Gaudet Middle School ($2,500) to form a school soccer club for students entering grades six through eight to learn and play soccer.

. International Tennis Hall of Fame ($6,360) for a tennis club providing underprivileged children associated with the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County the opportunity to participate in junior tennis programs.

. Island Moving Company ($6,500) for scholarships to the after school Pell School ballet class.

. Newport County YMCA ($5,000) for a physical fitness and nutrition education program, offered in partnership with the Martin Luther King Community Center, for children ages six to 16 years old.

. Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club ($7,500) to support Island Rugby U16 & U19 Spring/Summer Rugby project for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Kids are invited to learn to play rugby in a clean and healthy local environment.

. Norman Bird Sanctuary ($9,195) for expansion of the Teen Green Trail Guide and EcoExplorer programs.

. Off the Curb ($1,250) to bring dance and fitness classes to at-risk students at five schools.

. The Potter League for Animals ($2,500) for its Happy and Healthy Pets and People program for six to 12 year olds featuring exercise, play and interaction with dogs, cats and small animals to promote a healthy lifestyle for pets and people.

. RhodySquash ($10,000) for its after-school program at Thompson Middle School.

. Star Kids Scholarship Program ($5,000) to support after-school and summer programs for at-risk children enrolled in the Star Kids Scholarship rogram in Newport County and Fall River, Mass. For more information about the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital, visitnewporthospital.org/FHP_ MemorialFund.

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