The Presidential Physical Fitness Award

This certificate was “Signed” by President Jimmy Carter sometime between 1977–1981, together with the patch below.




Kids are in school for 12 years. But most of them will never make a team. (1968)

Now there’s a new kind of team at school. The President’s All-America Team. And everybody’s got the chance to make it. Big guys have no advantage over little guys. Boys have no advantage over girls.

This is a test of all-around ability (not how good you are in one sport). Kids have to run, jump, sit-up, pull-up and throw a softball. Last year, 50,000 kids made the President’s All America Team.Tryouts are starting again in schools all over the country.

What can you do to help?

(1) You’ve already done something. Now you know a little bit about the program.

(2) Find out if your school participated last year. If not, you can write away for official application forms and other information to help you. Write: President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Washington, D.C.

(3) If you’re a physical education instructor, you can increase your students’ chances of making the President’s All America Team. Let them practice the seven basic exercises before the tryouts start.

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(4) Encourage every student to get in shape and win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. Can your students snake the President’s All America Team? They’ll never know unless they try out.


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About this story

Source publication date: January 1968

Filed under: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Health & medicine, Mementos & memorabilia, School & education

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23 Responses

  1. Robert

    I’d like to replace my stolen/lost awards. What information will you need me to provide you with in order to get them replaced and personalized.

  2. Anglia Davis-Emmendorfer

    I received the Presidential Physical Fitness Award while serving in the US Army in 1987 at Fort Huachuca, AZ by the US Army Intelligence Center And School. Do you have record of this award? Also, I need to obtain another patch since my patch was destroyed while in storage. Your response will be gratefully appreciated.

    Thank You,
    Anglia Davis-Emmendorfer
    Leavenworth, Kansas

  3. Pam Higgins

    all of my Presidential Physical Fitness Awards (certificates & patches) were lost(certificates) and the patches were blown away in a Tornado in Omaha Nebraska. How does one go about getting replacements?
    Pam Knox Higgins

  4. Deborah Presley

    My presidential physical fitness awards are loss.Can you please replace .The year recieve approximately 1971-1975. Please reply.I would truly appreciate. These awards are dear to my heart and I remember working extremely hard for them.

    Thank you so much.

  5. Theresa J Palm

    I too won the presidential physical fitness award signed by Jimmy Carter although no longer can find them. I would love ANY HELP of obtaining another one along with a patch. Can you please help? Thank you so much!

  6. Margaret rollins

    I also won the award 1986 how can i get a duplicate of the award or info thank you

  7. Roxann

    Is it possible to get a replacement certificate and patch for the Presidential Fitness award?

  8. Oren Scott Brown

    I lost all my presidential physical fitness awards in a house fire how can I obtain duplicates

  9. Laurie

    I also want to get replacement awards. I won them and they were lost or stolen. Please let me know if it’s possible to get them, thanks

  10. Debbie nowlin

    I was the first girl to achieve and this honor.would love to replace them if possible.please reply

  11. Annamarie George

    Does anyone remember how many pull ups a female had to do? I remember 50. I know it was 50 sit-ups, but I cannot remember any of the other requirements. Can anyone refresh my memory. Thanks very much!

  12. Terry R. Templin

    Terry R. Templin
    I received the Presidential Physical Fitness Award in 1967-68. I am now 58 years old and would love to replace this Award. Please notify me of how I may obtain information regarding this matter.

  13. B. Nolas

    Wondering if anybody remembers this. …back in the late 1960’s and early 70 there were the “Presidential” fitness tests. To earn that top patch was pretty tough to do—really tough actually…only 2 or three kids a year would earn it partaking in the gym class tests (ours were held using in the spring). But there were two other patches/certificates levels a kid could earn if he/she was a decent athlete. If I remember correctly the patch had a triangle enclosed in circle with silhouettes of two figures with their arms and legs spread like doing jumping jacks. I think the patches had embroidered print reading: “fitness usa aahper,” around its circumference and said “merit” within the inner circle. One featured a yellow/goldish color, and I think I remember it being called the “80th Percentile.” The other had a white background and was called the “50th Percentile” Does this ring a bell to anybody? Thanks!

  14. Basilio

    1968, I was the first freshman to win first place Wilson h.s. hacienda heights. 60 sit up, push up, and more events. It was fun times

  15. Stan Needham

    yes i was a award winner and was told at the time i was the first to receive my 2nd award in two years my parents there them out is there any way to get replacements.

  16. Kenny Harrison

    I also won 7 patches and was told if you completed all 7 you would be invited to the white house! Long story and many years later. I won a Gold Medal at the Olympics and did not make it for that accomplishment either.

  17. tom

    Recalling this test and worked my ass off to get this award which I did in the 8th grade.
    over 8′ in the standing broad jump, 14 pull ups, 1:48 in the 600 yd run, 9.3 secs in the shuttle run, 180 ft in the softball throw (not great), and 7.2 secs in the 50 yd dash (also not great)..All that …and still didn’t impress the girl I had a huge crush on! Got a silver at the Junior Olympics for this. Averaged about 8′ 4″ in the standing long jump and was only 5’3″ tall at the time.

  18. Joseph Tremblay

    Like everyone else in the forum, I would do anything to replace my two presidential awards from the 70s with patches… tell me what I have to do? thank you… Master J. Townsend Tremblay

  19. Morton

    I remember busting my ass for this in the 7th grade, and our lazy teacher never submitted the info or whatever needed to be done – so we never got our awards! That really hurt for a 12 year old. You can’t imagine – seeing it advertised on TV (when there were only 3 and a half channels and NO way to record them), seeing the magazine ads for the program – and you were going to earn the award, too! Now, Nixon is dead, the program is long gone, and I have been pissed ever since. I’ve also developed a bad attitude towards athletics for going on 50 years. I helped get rid of it as a requirement in our school system. It’s nothing but a disappointment. Take that.

  20. Joyce C

    I remember these things. All year long for P.E. we would play kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, then, for one week, we were all expected to do these physical fitness tests: push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, broad-jumps, softball throw, 50-yard-dash, etc. Most of us did horribly. Why didn’t they have us doing those exercises at least a few times a week throughout the year? A couple of days after the tests EVERYONE was sore and could hardly walk without limping. Poor planning on the school’s part.


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