Chattanooga Football Club is thrilled to announce that Operation Get Active (OGA), a program of the Chattanooga FC Foundation, is one of three winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award. The ceremony will be held on November 7th, and OGA Director Peter Woolcock along with OGA Coaching Director Julian Ramirez will be attending the ceremony in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored OGA for their innovative and influential approaches to using sports to improve the Culture of Health in their community. “We know that good health is about where you live, learn, work, and pray—but it’s also about finding time to play,” said Julie Morita, RWJF executive vice president in a press release. “These organizations—and especially these kids—have turned healthy play into life-changing experience. When we support inspiring community leaders, help children acquire new skills, and encourage strong minds and strong bodies, we are building a Culture of Health in America.”
Operation Get Active first launched in 2016, working with 3 elementary schools, using soccer to encourage individuals of all abilities to live healthy lifestyles. This year, the program is offered at at 20 elementary schools across Hamilton County. OGA has also grown its programming and partnership with the City of Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Department by offering soccer sessions to hundreds of youth at the city’s YFD Centers.
“This is such a huge honor for Operation Get Active and the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation to be celebrated on a national level for the work we are doing,” said Peter Woolcock, OGA Director. “We are unbelievably appreciative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and we can’t wait to invest the $10,000 to grow our program on the ground in Chattanooga.”
In addition to working with local elementary schools, OGA, in partnership with Chris Precise and Highland Park Commons, launched OGA Kickstart this year. Kickstart is a new soccer program aimed at helping adults of all ages and people with mental health needs and disabilities within the community.
“Operation Get Active’s mission and what they are doing to improve the lives of our community is exactly what we work to achieve with Chattanooga Football Club” said Tim Kelly, Chairman, Chattanooga FC. “We want to congratulate Peter, Julian, and the entire Operation Get Active team on this great award, and are grateful for all they do to make Chattanooga a better place to live.”
In a symbol of all that Operation Get Active and Chattanooga Football Club Foundation embodies, OGA sent the RWJ Foundation the 2019 special edition CFC Ownership jersey featuring the name of every supporter owner as a demonstration of the connection between OGA, Chattanooga FC, and the community.
ABOUT OPERATION GET ACTIVE
Operation Get Active is a health initiative that uses the game of soccer to encourage youth to live active and healthy lifestyles. We aim to inspire and educate youth across Chattanooga about the importance of health, fitness, and nutrition.
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB
Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. For over ten years, Chattanooga Football Club has helped the same to happen in Chattanooga, creating true opportunity for all players and a great experience for all fans. The club has become known worldwide for its extremely successful supporter ownership campaign, which yielded over $800,000 raised from 3,254 people from all fifty states and over 30 countries. Chattanooga Football Club is currently a member team of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). In 2020, the club will continue to honor these tenets and its promise to our community by entering into the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), which has been provisionally sanctioned by the USSF as a professional soccer league in the US.