Louisville one of 50 cities in Let's Move! Outside initiative

Louisville one of 50 cities in Let's Move! Outside initiative

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Mayor Greg Fischer joined federal, parks and YMCA officials Thursday to announce that Louisville has been selected as one of the 50 cities to participate in Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Outside initiative.

The initiative, which is funded through a $5 million national commitment by the American Express Foundation, is designed to engage and inspire young adults to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.

It will provide two years of funding for the YMCA of Greater Louisville to help coordinate efforts, facilitate collaboration, grow resources and increase participation in outdoor programs on all public lands – from local parks to federal lands and waters.

"Louisville is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior for this important initiative, which aligns with all three of my administration's main goals: That we become a community of lifelong learning; that we are a healthier city; and an even more compassionate city," Fischer said. "This project will help ensure that everyone in our community, no matter their ZIP code, has access to safe places where they can get outside, learn to fish, to hike, to paddle a canoe, and to engage in a lifelong appreciation of our environment."

In March 2015, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced this partnership with the American Express Foundation and kicked-off the first cities across the country to be a part of this movement. Louisville joins 26 cities announced in 2015. The remaining cities will be announced throughout 2016. For more information about the initiative, visit www.doi.gov/youth.

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