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USA Weightlifting Partners with NFHS

June 22, 2017, 2:21 p.m. (ET)

USA Weightlifting is taking a big step to expand our sport and share the benefits of Olympic Weightlifting with youth athletes across the country by partnering with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performance arts activities. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and nearly 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.8 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. 

As a part of the three-year partnership, USA Weightlifting will serve as a partner of the NFHS Coach Education Program, and seek to expand state championship opportunities through state high school associations to further the sport of weightlifting.
"We are excited about this new partnership with USA Weightlifting," said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. "The NFHS and its member state associations are always looking for ways to expand participation opportunities for boys and girls in high school sports. Through this partnership, more schools will be exposed to those opportunities through the sport of weightlifting."
Currently, weightlifting is a sanctioned sport in Florida, and the Florida High School Athletic Association sponsors a state championship for boys and girls. Several other states have schools with weightlifting programs, and USA Weightlifting anticipates continued growth of the sport in other states.
"This exciting development for weightlifting speaks to our desire to support high schools in integrating weightlifting, continuing to ensure safety in the weight room and to make the United States the most active nation among our youth," said Phil Andrews, chief executive officer of USA Weightlifting. "We look forward to working with the NFHS and its member state associations to grow this great sport."