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19th HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
August 19, 1957
FITNESS: FULLHEARTED SUPPORTSirs:Congratulations to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Bonnie Prudden for such excellent reporting (U.S. Fitness, 1957. SI, Aug. 5).
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August 19, 1957

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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FITNESS: INVOLUNTARY OMISSION
Sirs:
NOTED LOUISIANA WAS NOT LISTED IN THE STATE-BY-STATE REPORT ON ACTION IN BEHALF OF FITNESS. STATE COLLEGES HELD SEMINARS LAST SPRING WITH PHYSICAL FITNESS MAINTAINED, ALL ATHLETIC PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE EXPANDING RAPIDLY. PHYSICAL EDUCATION SHOWING INCREASE IN SCHOOL SYSTEMS BUT STILL A STEPCHILD TO ATHLETICS, SCHOOL BOARD STARTING TO RECOGNIZE VALUE OF SOUND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS IN SCHOOLS, MINIMUM PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS TWO HOURS PER WEEK.
HANS LEIS
President
Louisiana Assoc, of Health,
Physical Education and Recreation
Alexandria, La.

? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED regrets this inadvertent omission due to a delayed report. Louisiana has a well-defined physical fitness program in its public school system that starts in the first grade and runs through high school. Many schools have gone far beyond minimum requirements to include intramural athletic competition, added calisthenics and gymnastics. Shelby Jackson, state superintendent of education, believes that Louisiana has expanded and improved its physical education programs continuously since they were made a mandatory part of public education in 1936.—ED.

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