A number of organizations and events will have an extraordinary opportunity to support an initiative that will change the way cities, business leaders, government agencies and educational institutions across our nation view health and fitness.

Kevin Saunders, named “The Greatest Wheelchair Athlete in the World,” is embarking on a revolutionary tour beginning in the spring 2004 that will change America.

Through the Health & Fitness Tour of America, Kevin Saunders will take his message of motivation and inspiration across the country.

Kevin will assemble government, business, education, health and fitness leaders in 125 of our largest cities. Through these meetings or health and fitness “summits,” Kevin will present a framework that cities can use to develop or enhance a community-based health and fitness initiative. Kevin will also present a scholastic award to the school or school district in each city that exemplifies leadership in health and fitness education.

Kevin Saunders will bring to the Health & Fitness Tour of America a lifetime of personal health and fitness experience, battling from a severed spinal cord injury to become a world champion and Olympic wheelchair athlete. Kevin was the first person with a disability to be appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports by President George H. Bush and he was the only Council member reappointed by President Bill Clinton. Kevin will also bring to the tour a significant network of political, business, health, fitness, and entertainment industry connections throughout the country.

The media will be a great ally in raising nation-wide awareness to the tour’s message. We expect positive media coverage in every major media market – including local and national television, radio, newspapers and magazines.

The Tour will accept four major sponsorships in addition to second-level sponsors and regional and local sponsors.

Each sponsorship level will offer specific benefits and opportunities.

All profits from the tour will be donated to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the YMCA.

You are invited to be a part of the Health & Fitness Tour of America. An opportunity this extraordinary may never again be available.

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Kevin Saunders, world champion and olympic wheelchair athlete and the first disabled person to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness under both President George H. Bush and President Bill Clinton, will launch a 50-state tour to motivate and inspire Americans of all ages to Shape Up!

Kevin and his “Health & Fitness Tour of America” will assemble government, business, educational, health and fitness leaders in 125 of our nation’s largest cities to establish a community-based grass-roots initiative to achieve a healthier nation - one community at a time. He will present his message to business, hospitals and schools. Kevin will also present an award to the school or school district in each city that exemplifies leadership in health and fitness.

The “Health & Fitness Tour of America” will begin in the spring of 2004 and will extend over an 18-month period.



The worst grain elevator explosion in south Texas history changed Kevin Saunders forever. An incredible blast ripped through 2-feet thick reinforced concrete of a Corpus Christi grain elevator where Kevin was working as a federal inspector. Kevin was thrown more than 300 feet landing on a concrete parking lot.

With massive internal and external injuries including a severed spinal cord, the doctors said there was no way that Kevin Saunders would live. But with an indomitable spirit and a tenacious will to live and excel, Kevin beat the odds. During the years of recovery and rehabilitation, Kevin reminded everyone within earshot, “There’s always a way.”

Paralyzed from the chest down, Kevin’s broken body required exhaustive rehabilitation, but he was more than equal to the challenge. Kevin sought out exceptional fitness trainers to help prepare him for competition as a wheelchair athlete. “Never give up!” became his personal mantra. His unquenchable thirst for success led him to victory after victory as a wheelchair athlete. His grueling training and endless energy ultimately qualified him to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea and Barcelona, Spain.

Kevin was the first person with a disability to be appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports by President George H. Bush. Kevin worked alongside Council Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger helping teach Americans how to achieve and maintain healthier lifestyles. He was the only Council member reappointed by President Bill Clinton.

In 1990, Kevin established the Wheelchair Success Foundation that provides higher education scholarships to help persons confined to a wheelchair. In 2004, Kevin established the Kevin Saunders Health and Fitness Foundation dedicated to raising funding and awareness in support of health and fitness initiatives.

Kevin is now taking his message of inspiration and motivation across the country in his Health & Fitness Tour of America.

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