IOPO to Reward Winner of Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge with $1,000

FORT WAYNE, IN (May 15, 2013) The Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) announced today that Cedarville Elementary School is the winner of the Mad Ants 2012-13 Get Fit Challenge. Cedarville Elementary will receive a $1,000 prize to be used for fitness, athletic, or health education equipment.

The Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge is a program that encourages children and their parents to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The Get Fit Challenge consisted of the Mad Ants putting on fitness assemblies at area schools over the past five months and encouraging the students to be active for at least thirty minutes a day for thirty consecutive days. Students were given an activity log to keep track of their progress and any student who completed the challenge received a free ticket to a Mad Ants game. Twenty-two schools in northeast Indiana participated in the Challenge.

The Mad Ants and IOPO will present a check to the school on Thursday, May 16th at 3:00pm to Cedarville Elementary P.E. Teacher Diane Schaper and school Principal Brad Bakle during a school-wide assembly. Cedarville Elementary had the highest completion rate of the Get Fit Challenge per student out of the participating schools.

Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO), a non-profit health service, is the vital link between people waiting for a transplant and potential donors. As a community service, IOPO sponsors school programs that teach students about the human body, healthy choices, and helping others.

Schools that are interested in being a part of the Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge for the 2013-14 school year can contact Garrett Martz the Mad Ants office at (260) 469-4667 x 107. There is no cost for a school to participate.