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The ASF Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to developing the Alabama State Games, an annual Olympic-style sporting event for the state of Alabama showcasing the tradition and ceremony of the International Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the ASF Foundation serves as a statewide mentor organization for teaching our youth the importance of academics, athletics, healthy lifestyles, and good citizenship.
Using sports as a vehicle, the ASF Foundation stresses positive life-style choices; good education, the importance of family, church, school and community. As a value-oriented and volunteer driven organization, the ASF Foundation's primary focus is:
The Inaugural State Games competition was held in 1983 on the campus of Auburn University and featured 600 athletes competing in four different sports. In 2018, ASF Foundation's 36th Anniversary State Games showcased more than 5,000 participants competing in 25 different sports and over 100 sporting events, continuing as the state's largest annual amateur multi-sport athletic event.
The State Games XXXVII were June 7-9, 2019, hosted by the city of Huntsville, AL and Madison County.
In 2010, the ASF Foundation, in conjunction with the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama State University, and the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness, developed the Wee Can Fight Obesity program, which is administered by the ASF Foundation. This program provides a unique electronic, animated exercise program in PE classes to promote health, physical activity, and educational awareness. Its primary objective is to instill healthy lifestyle habits that will hopefully last a lifetime, significantly reduce obesity risk factors and enhance interest in personal health, movement related activities and sports. We currently have over 160 schools participating in the program. Principals and PE teachers alike are realizing tremendous benefits from this fun program which also enhances their efforts to emphasize the need for physical fitness in school and to join in the fight to reduce obesity in Alabama, particularly childhood obesity.
The ASF Foundation Student Ambassador Program was launched in 2001 to better utilize students by helping them network and market ASF Foundation programs in their communities, presenting a rare opportunity for high school and college students to further develop their skills and become eligible for the ASF Foundation Academic Scholarships. The Ambassadors Program has grown to include close to 300 Ambassadors from across the state, promoting statewide initiatives such as, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own: Don't Drink and Drive and remember to buckle up," and the #URKEYS2DRV teen driver safety summits in partnership with State Farm.
The ASF Foundation promotes an anti-drug hotline (1-800-392-8011) to report illegal drug activity.
Since 1993, the ASF Foundation has awarded academic scholarships to the youth of Alabama totaling more than $295,000.
The ASF Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization (IRS # 63-0830085), was founded in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee and is a charter member of the National Congress of State Games.