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As Christmas approaches, we ask that you remember the DFF in your holiday plans. While preparing for your holiday celebrations with friends and family, it's important to stop and reflect on the blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone is so fortunate. While shopping for gifts, please consider setting aside part of your budget to support the work of the DFF with a charitable donation.

EleniEleni Rose 
- One of our Talent Scholarship Recipients  
" We are so grateful to Discover Foundation for the partial scholarship that allows Eleni Rose to participate on the Level 3 team. Coach Kenny approached us while Eleni Rose was in the recreational 4 year old class and suggested that she move up to Tiny Twisters in order to prepare her to compete competitively. One of the "words of the week" that Coach Kenny had taught the 4 year olds that year was "determination". Eleni Rose latched onto that as a four year old, not only in gymnastics but in other areas of her life. Her determination to train, practice and master new skills has been humbling for me to observe as her parent. I asked her once, what her thoughts are as she is ready to start her floor routine during a meet and I was stunned to hear her say, "I just say, okay, I'll do it"; This sums up for me what gymnastics has given Eleni Rose; poise, confidence and faith to execute when she's put in the hard work.

Given the size of our family we could not continue to support her endeavors without help from the Foundation. It was difficult to think about asking about scholarship money for Eleni Rose as we are blessed with work, but this was the only way we could see forward in helping her continue her commitment to gymnastics. Thank you!"  
Eleni Rose's Mother
A note from Eleni Rose :
" I'm grateful that this scholarship has let me be on the team so that I can learn lots of new skills. This year I've mastered my Roundoff Backhand spring; Roundoff two Backhand springs on the tumble track; standing Backhand spring on the trampoline and tumble track; back walk over on the beam, and I almost have my Kip! Thank you!"


Volunteer Opportunity!

Please support the DFF and volunteer at the Texas Classic. It will be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center on December 8th-10th. We have several times slots available. 
Cypress Fun Run!
Francisco Acuna, Board Vice Chairman Travis Sheffield, Staff Member Shannon Harlan, Devon Westerlund, Joanna Harlan, Josh Kalawert, Lauren Kalawert

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Discover Fitness Foundation participated in a 5K in Cypress, TX. Thank you for your support and donations to help make a difference in children's lives. All proceeds go directly to student scholarships. DFF supporters impressively raised $15,530!! 

A special thank you to Super-supporter Coach Francisco Acuna for being our top fundraiser - raising $5,675! Way to go Francisco!

Thank you to everyone who donated to help make this such a successful event! 
Board Vice Chairman Travis Sheffield, Josh Kalawert, Lauren Kalawert, Francisco Acuna, Staff Member Shannon Harlan, Devon Westerlund, Joanna Harlan

If you missed the race and want to join team DFF contact  Shannon Harlan. You can join Team DFF for any race you choose. Below are a few upcoming races:

01/01/18 Sam Houston Race Park, 10K, 5K, 1K

02/3/18 Katy, Half Marathon, 5K, 1K

03/24/18 Minute Maid Park, 10K, 5K, 1K

04/08/18 Vintage Park, Half Marathon, 5K, 1K

Click Here to see more event options 

Make the Discover Fitness Foundation your reason to race! 
boardBoard Retreat

Board members met on October 28th to discuss future plans and events for the DFF. 

Executive Director Carly Markesich, Board Chairman Philip Golden, Board Member Donald Anderson, Board Vice-Chairman Travis Sheffield, Board Member Jill Campbell, Board Member Jamil Joyner, Board Treasurer Shirley Ronquillo, Staff Member Shannon Harlan 

How you can get involved and help grow the Discover Fitness Foundation:
To get involved click the links above or contact 
Shannon Harlan at 713-680-0045 or Shannon@DiscoverFitnessFoundation.org


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 December  2017
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Discover Fitness Foundation (DFF) is a  nonprofit corporation that centers in awarding athletic scholarships to children with special needs, fighting obesity, and talented athletes with financial struggles.
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