Metro Technology Centers’ Receives $30,000 OKCGetsFit Grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Posted on 06/15/2022
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Community Outreach and Wellness Department Receives Grant to Implement New Metro Tech Family Fitness Program for East Side Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Community Outreach and Wellness Department at Metro Technology Centers’ has received a $30,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation through its’ OKCGetsFit Wellness Initiative. The grant will fund the implementation of their newest program called the Metro Tech Family Fitness Program, and it will help meet the health, cultural and recreational needs of the citizens in Oklahoma County, with a specific focus on Oklahoma City families residing on its’ east side.

The Metro Tech Family Fitness Program is set to launch in August, and was created by Valerie McMurry, Metro Tech’s Community Outreach and Wellness Director, and Rhonda Wright, Community Outreach and Wellness Specialist, with the goal of focusing on fitness for the families living within the zip code, 73111. “The families in this zip code are lacking overall health, fitness, food and educational resources,” McMurry said. “We want to use this grant to reunite and strengthen the families in these areas by implementing a program they can enjoy together.”

The grant will fund the Metro Tech Family Fitness Program to coordinate free group nature walks four times a month for a minimum of two members per family. Construction on local walking trails is currently underway for participating families to travel on foot around the area of Metro Technology Centers’ Springlake Campus and OKC’s Adventure District, such as the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Riversport Adventure Park and the Oklahoma Science Museum. “We have all this beautiful nature around us, so we wanted to bring back the old school way of getting healthy by going outside and getting fit as a family.” McMurry said.

A park ranger will join the families on the nature walk and lead them throughout the trails while educating them on the significance of the nature around them. When the nature walk is finished, the families will participate in a “nature canvas” activity where they can paint their favorite scene from the walk as a way to relieve stress and connect the mind. “We have to focus on the fitness part of the program, but we are striving to be creative in how the families can practice fitness for their bodies and their minds,” McMurry said. “I’ve always been focused on a holistic approach to fitness by including the mind, body and the spirit.”

Other activities will be integrated into the program as it progresses such as Zumba, jump rope, triathlons, 5Ks, cycling clubs, walking and running clubs and more. Metro Tech’s Community Outreach and Wellness Department is also in the process of a partnership with a local greenhouse that the families could visit on the walk to learn about growing and integrating natural foods into their diets. “Through walking, the program will focus on fitness and education. The families will learn about nature, health, local organizations and resources and even what Metro Technology Centers’ has to offer to individuals interested in starting or continuing their career,” McMurry said. “Within the first year, we have the goal to bring in 75 families to the program, and double that by the next year.”

This is the third grant that Metro Tech’s Community Outreach and Wellness Program has received from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and it is the first program that the foundation has awarded a grant to twice in a row. Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit communities both now and in the future. For more information about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.

McMurry said that the work done through Metro Tech’s Community Outreach and Wellness Program is fueled by a passion to serve and involve the community that surrounds Metro Technology Centers’. “A community is made up of several components, an educational institution, a private industry, a non-profit organization, churches and so much more,” McMurry said. “A community is a way of life that is embodied by everyone who lives there and that is why we focus on everyone in the community inside and outside of Metro Tech. That’s why helping us is helping the community.”

About Metro Technology Centers
One of the largest and most diverse technology centers in Oklahoma, Metro Tech has four campuses offering short-term, career and customized business training. Campuses are located in South Oklahoma City, Northeast Oklahoma City, the Will Rogers Airport and Downtown Oklahoma City. www.metrotech.edu