We’re not in Kansas anymore!
Since the launch of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” in January, Kansans have laced up their walking shoes and logged some serious mileage. After totaling Walking Scorecards from “Hometown Teams” host and partner communities Ellinwood, Glasco, and Wamego, as well as KHC’s own Walk Kansas team, we have walked a grand total of 1,159 miles (see map graphic above). This means we are only 301 miles shy of our original goal: walking the “Hometown Teams” exhibition back to its home in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, KHC used the “Hometown Teams” Smithsonian exhibition to jumpstart a statewide initiative that promotes healthy behaviors via sports and fitness public programs. The eight “Minute for Movement” activity stations at the “Hometown Teams” host sites, which supplement the Smithsonian exhibition proper, have already proved popular. In addition, visitors to host and partner sites are given a pedometer and a “Hometown Teams” Walking Scorecard so they can track their number of steps and/or minutes they spend on the move.
Help us walk the rest of the way to D.C. and achieve our goal by downloading your own Hometown Teams Walking Scorecard here. When your scorecard is full, you can e-mail your totals to Tracy Quillin, Associate Director, at tracy(at)kansashumanities.org. You can also pick up a pedometer and Walking Scorecard at any of the “Hometown Teams” host or partner sites.