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Clay Walker Named Executive Director of the National Fitness Foundation

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The National Fitness Foundation, the official nonprofit of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, has announced Clay Walker as its new Executive Director.

The National Fitness Foundation was congressionally chartered in 2010 to support and strengthen the mission of the President’s Council by generating private sector investments and partnerships to help all Americans live active, healthy lives. The Foundation leads the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the national model for fitness assessment and education in schools. Through the provision of grant opportunities and training resources, the program has reached more than 20 million students nationwide.

“We are thrilled to welcome Clay as the Foundation’s new Executive Director and are confident that his unique leadership and business experience, combined with his proven knowledge of the sports industry, will help to bring exciting partnerships, initiatives and solutions to the Foundation’s work,” says National Fitness Foundation Board Chairman Jimmy Lynn. “Clay’s ability to build strong strategic plans and his passion for healthy living will help the Foundation impact even more children, schools and communities across the country.”

Clay joins the Foundation after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of PrestoSports, the largest independent collegiate athletics software provider in the U.S. Prior to PrestoSports, he  led fundraising initiatives as the Chief Executive Officer of BigTeams software platform and served as the Vice President of Business Development at USA TODAY Sports. Clay’s leadership experience also includes a 13-year tenure as the Senior Vice President of the NFL Players Association’s licensing and marketing division. In 2005, he made the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list of most influential people in sports business.

“Clay will be an outstanding leader for the Foundation, and a dynamic partner as we work to advance the Council’s key priorities and initiatives focused on expanding and encouraging youth sports participation,” said President’s Council Executive Director Holli M. Richmond. “His extensive fundraising experience and entrepreneurial drive will be an important asset to both the Foundation and the President’s Council moving forward.”

A Virginia native, Clay earned a B.A. in English from East Carolina University, an M.B.A. from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently serves as a member of the Advancement Council at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, as well as the Advancement Council for the College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University.

“I’m excited to join the Foundation and help develop public-private partnerships that expand youth sports participation, especially in underserved communities,” said National Fitness Foundation Executive Director Clay Walker. “Ensuring that youth sports continue to remain an important part of the fabric of communities across America is paramount to our mission.”