National Fitness Hall of Fame - “15 Years and Counting!” (2004-2019)
Wow, what a wonderful weekend, except for the late April snowstorm that hit on Saturday night. (The good news is that it all melted by the next day). On Saturday evening, during our VIP Meet & Greet, the National Fitness Hall of Fame recognized, 2007 NFHOF Inductee, Gilad Janklowicz with a “First in Fitness” award for being the first person to host a national television fitness show, “On-Location.” Prior to Gilad, all TV fitness shows were recorded in studio. After Gilad introduced the “on-location” concept, fitness participation exploded! (FYI - Gilad has been doing this now for a record 36+ years!) Fellow Hall of Famer, Brenda Dykgraaf provided a wonderful and heartfelt introduction to her good friend and long-time associate, Gilad.
The next day, at noon, everyone was invited to participate in the launch of the NFHOF’s new “Fitness For All Traveling Expo.” Participants checked-in and received a fitness scorecard where they recorded their results from the several fitness stations that were set-up. Their knowledge of fitness history was also tested and they got to use the new “History of Fitness” display as a “cheat sheet” to get some of their answers. During the expo, Gilad and Jackie Lupo (NFHOF Professional Member) lead an epic, impromptu exercise class where many Hall of Famers joined in the fun.
After a brief rest bit everyone got primed and proper for our Gala event, the 15th Annual Induction Ceremony and Awards Dinner. Red Carpet interviews were conducted by local celebrity, Don “The Don of Sports” Figarelli and M/C honors went to Bill Crawford (2012 NFHOF Inductee). The newest inductees, David Lyons, Lance Dreher and Dr. Bob Weil, DPM, all were in attendance to meet both past inductees and spend time with their adoring fans and family!
The event was held at the beautifully ornate Medinah Shriners Banquet Hall in Addison, Illinois. NFHOF founder, John Figarelli thanked its Gold Sponsor, Bragg Live Foods and its fantastic volunteers for supporting this terrific organization and event.