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President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Award

This month, in their 60th anniversary, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition awarded 60 leaders from around the country who improve the lives of others within their community through sports, physical activities, fitness, and nutrition-related programs. The Pocock Foundation is proud to share that our own Karla Landis, Deputy Director and pioneer of the Row to the Future Initiative, received one of these 2016 Community Leadership Awards.

Karla Landis (far left side) with guests at the 8th Annual Row to the Future Benefit Breakfast

“Ms. Landis has worked to consistently promote opportunities for individuals to lead healthy lifestyles through physical activity,” says Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the Office of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Because of her efforts and contributions, the greater Seattle community can embrace a more active lifestyle. Together, we are all working to make our nation a healthier one by helping individuals across the nation live vibrant, vivacious, and productive lives.”


The mission of the President’s Council encourages the exact work that the Pocock Foundation is doing in local Seattle and Renton neighborhoods. By partnering directly with local school districts and providing support for students in need, the Pocock Foundation enables kids to get on the water and learn some of the most important lessons of life.

Upon receiving the reward, Ms. Landis shares, “This is a tremendous honor! Rowing has so much to offer – fitness, teamwork, friends, a supportive community – and we want more young people to get involved and reap these rewards. With each rowing stroke whether on the water or on the erg, kids get a little stronger and a little more confident. That’s what it’s all about.”


The President’s Council is composed of up to 25 volunteer citizens, including athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness and nutrition professionals, and physical educators, who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The President’s Council is co-chaired by NFL quarterback Drew Brees and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes. To learn more, visit www.fitness.gov.


Ms. Landis and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation would like to take this opportunity to recognize our amazing community partners. We are grateful for the contributions of so many, including: Associated Recreation Council, Green Lake Small Crafts Center, Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Renton Parks and Recreation, Renton Rowing Center, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Schools, and USRowing. To learn more about our programs or to get involved, visit www.pocockfoundation.org.

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