The Presidential Champions challenge is all about being as active as you can, feeling healthy, and earning points while you do it. You rack them up based on the different physical activities you do, and you earn awards based on your point totals.
Get out there, get active, and watch the points pile up. The more active you are, the faster you’ll earn points. Pretty soon, you’ll be a Presidential Champions Award winner!
Here are the awards you can earn. Go for the bronze and work your way up to gold:
When you earn each award, be sure to check out our selection of Presidential Champions Awards and gear.
For fitness superstars who want to go beyond the gold, we have the Platinum Award. You’ll need to earn 1 million points. Yes, it can be done. See our list of Platinum Award winners for inspiration.
Display your hard-earned medals proudly with a Presidential Champion Medal Hanger inspired by the former Director of the President’s Challenge, Dr. Wynn Updyke.
Dr. Wynn Updyke was a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Public Health (formerly the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation) from 1977 until his retirement in June of 1997. He also served as Director of the President’s Challenge, a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, from 1988 until 2003. During his tenure, The President’s Challenge Program touched the lives of over 60 million youths.
Wynn F. Updyke, with his thoughtful, considerate, and sensitive style, served his students and Indiana University with perseverance in a dedicated and determined fashion. A limestone turtle was presented as a gift to Dr. Updyke at his retirement in June of 1997. The turtle represented the principles of “Dedication, Determination, and Perseverance” depicted by its journey. It is commonly accepted that turtles have a strong sense of direction and seem to always know exactly where they are going. Dr. Updyke embraced his own journey and believed in contributing to a healthier society by promoting physical activity for people of all ages and abilities, as well as enhancing academic preparation. He was an outstanding leader who is remembered for his thoughtful, considerate, and sensitive style, as well as for his compassion for facilitating opportunities for students, staff and faculty.