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THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 10, 1969 PAGE 9 g Trend terest in Phgsical Education ing Despite Program's Low Cost three-adjective summary of the situation: "apathetic, complacent, terriblel" "For every gifted athlete pro- duced by Catholic schools, there are tens of thousands physically unfit," DiFilippo said. "There's Orange, N.J. (NC)--A all his life, Vic DiFil- frets about the current of the catholic school education program, which ago was rolling along it like it is, he has a PBELL CHEVROLET COMPANY "A Service Organization" Phone FL 4-3555 EAST RAILWAY AVENUE MORRILTON, ARK. 1 . m. Central Arkansas / We f I 'roduction Credit Association ;fund P5 ade'_." Moose St. Morrilton, Arkansas be no telling how many among those thousands could attain athletic dis- tinction if they onlyhad the chance. "More than 75 per cent of our children in elementary schools don't receive a continuing, teacher-directed program of physical education. And there's no need for such a deplorable situation," he continued. DiFilippo has impressive cre- dentials to back up his observa- tions. A native of Newark, N.J., he was a letterman in five sports -- football, basketball, track, boxing, swimming -- during his student days at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. He was national collegiate 150-165 pound boxing champ in 1932. He earned his master and doctor degrees at New York University and Fordham and now formally is Dr. Victor J. DiFilippo. His wife St. Augustine's Civics Club Members of the Civics Club of St. Augustine's School brought joy and cheer to the old folks' Mercy Home at McAlmont by sing- ing old familiar Christmas carols. This project was sponsored by North Little Rock's Catholic Daughters of America. cal Fitness is located at Box 762, Upper Montclair, N.J. 07043. It publishes pamphlets on exercises, proper postures, body mechanics, organic efficiency and the like. It supplies sports equipment, gym apparatus on an inexpensive basis -- a cost which could be in- cluded easily in the budget of a school, a parent-teacher organ- ization, parents' club. For example, at less than $130aschool :! A COMMUNITY SERVICE and two daughters now make up can purchase four goals and goal an all-teacher household. He is posts, have two basketball courts, B r' I Our precision is your ,J- director of the department of indoors and outdoors, becausethe health, physical education and re- equipment is portable and the goals allo Lr creation at Seton Hall University, adjustable for all grades and sizes, ff ,ard, [,nest or,feet,on 7 i 'lJl south Orange, N.J. even kindergartners. m coN, [ , x,% In 1937 DiFilippo impressed en t ,,.. ,1'1.'I  Seton Hall authorities with argu- The National Fitness Foundation c]: i Uealvo Pharmacy a meats why the university should chose the NACO program fordis- have a school of physical education, tribution through its library ser- ! RICHARD DE SALVO, R. Ph.,  They gave him a free hand. He vice. Scores of public schools founded the school, which flourish- became interested, subscribed to ----Y IE Morrilton, Ark. Your health is ed andhas growninto adepartment, the NACO program and purchased our business its equipment. Theprogram spread A firm believer that physical fit- into more than 2,000 Catholic grade i !ii!',,,,::....  Little by little *e /tiiii*t!lii!tii :: '* iil! ii' adds up ton 10t! moil Save systematically :tr" k, ' in an account here P PR The First ,fate Bank rrilton, Ark. Member F.D.I.C. pur. ;t o|i =:: agesEili dgh' Rehm Builders Supply LUMBER -- PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Morrilton, Ark. Alfred Kinslow - Market Mgr, hess should start in pre-school i days, continue throughout life, Di- Filippo got interested in finding a place for fitness courses under proper direction in grade schools. "The job can be done by the classroom teacher or by a qual- ified member of the parent-school group," DiFilippo said. "It only takes 15 or 20 minutes a day and the classroom itself can serve as a gym for exercises, other fitness activities." So intently did DIFilippo pursue his program for "phys ed" in grade schools that the National Council on Physical Fitness was founded a decade ago with Di- Filippo as director. He detailed: "We callit NACO, probably be- cause no one could pronounce NCPF." Anyhow, the NACO program gained the support of the National Catholic Educational As- sociation, headquartered in Wash- ington, D.C., and DiFilippo became the NCEA consultant on physical fitness. The National Council on Physi- Duvall WE GIVE S & H GREEN STAMPS schools throughout the country. DiFilippo acknowledges in the last five years or so the Cath- olic schools of the country have been plagued by a series of mis- fortunes -- higher costs, declines in the numbers of teaching nuns, meeting salary demands of the rising numbers of lay teachers. "But that's rio reason why the physical fitness program should suffer as greatly as it has. Plenty of.volunteers can be found among parents, brothers and sisters of students, as well as among teach- ers. The philosophy of a sound mind in a sound body dates back to the ancient Greeks and is just as important now, if not more so, than it was then," he asserted. Surveys have disclosed, he said, thousands of youngsters today have joined weigh-watchers, actually have to join adults in dieting to fight off national obesity. "Spectatoritis used to be confined to the elderly, but it's now in epidemic porportion among our youth," DiFilippo said. "And the chief reason is because the youngsters aren't afforded an op- portunity to become acquainted with phys ed earlier in life, in the kindergartens and grades." DiFilippo emphasizes NACO is not a money-making outfit, that often it supplies course pamphlets and equipment to institutions found to be deserving at little or no cost. "We're starting out a new year and the schools should make a res- olution to do something definite about their physical fitness ome'i Phone FL 4-3501 MORRILTON DRUG CO. Phone FL 4-4669 Night FL 4-365i Morrl"]ton, .&rkansm HF-LTH FIRST programs, " DiFilippo said. "Another year or two of conditions like we now have could prove disastrous." i i i MAUS IMPLEMENT CO. Phone FL 4-4452 Morrilton Enjoy our delicious, farm-fresh dairy products, Every one a taste treat and so nutritious too! Morrilton Dairy Company Ph. FL 4-2080 - Hwy 64 East LAGER llll OTTO LIENHART, INC. Distributors Morrtlton IIII II