Macready and Roethlisberger host Tyson Fitness Challenge at summer camp
posted on 07/25/2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 26, 2007 Acaa Flip Fest, a summer gymnastics camp in Crossville, Tenn., owned by Olympians John Macready and John Roethlisberger, is incorporating the Tyson Fitness Challenge into its camp program and will use the Tyson Fitness Challenge to raise money for kids who need help through Children’s Miracle Network.


“Each of them had successful careers as gymnasts and they have taken the lessons they learned through their careers to help kids maintain healthy lifestyles through gymnastics and the Tyson Fitness Challenge,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “They show the Flip Fest campers how being physically fit can be fun and rewarding, and how participation in gymnastics will develop a lifetime of healthy habits.”


"Gymnastics is the best sport for teaching children the basics in both athletics and life,” said Macready, a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. “The Tyson Fitness Challenge makes it fun and easy for children across the country to learn valuable nutrition, athletic and, most importantly, life lessons. We want to make sure that every camper gets the best at Flip Fest so we are taking part in the Tyson Fitness Challenge and raising money for Children's Miracle Network."


"Gymnastics is arguably the toughest sport in the world and is incredibly demanding,” said Roethlisberger, a three-time Olympian. “As an athlete, if you're not balancing that hard work in the gym with good nutrition and a smart diet, you're not going to get the most out of yourself. We are proud to work with Tyson and to be a part of the Tyson Fitness Challenge because we can all continually improve upon the nutritional part of fitness.”


This week marks the first Tyson Fitness Challenge Relay that will incorporate elements of camp at Flip Fest, including the lake and ropes course, as well as gymnastics-related activities.  Teams will be comprised of 20 campers each, and will be timed and scored on their ability to get through the different fitness challenges. The winning team will have dinner with Flip Fest’s special Olympic guests for the week. 


Every Wednesday during the summer, campers can purchase and tie-dye a Flip Fest T-shirt donated by a local company. The cost to tie-dye a T-shirt is $15 and all money benefits Children's Miracle Network. If campers wish to make a smaller donation, their names are written on Children’s Miracle Network balloons and are hung on a wall in the gym.


The Tyson Fitness Challenge, a joint initiative of USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods, has two goals:  helping today’s kids get more physically fit through fun activities; and raising money to help kids who are fighting illnesses through the Children’s Miracle Network.  Geared toward youngsters, ages 4-16, the program is not about teaching gymnastics skills, but using gymnastics to help kids become more physically fit, as well as learn about a well-balanced diet. Held between March 3 and Aug. 4, 2007, the culmination of the Tyson Fitness Challenge is voluntary participation in raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network.


Since partnering in 2001, USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the country have raised more than $645,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. USA Gymnastics recently announced its goal to raise that total to $1 million by the end of 2008.


Children's Miracle NetworkAcaathe alliance of premier hospitals for childrenAcaais a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network visit


Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the wor