For Immediate Release: September 23, 2014

Contact: Zac Roy, zac@anatgerstein.com, 718-793-2211 ext 102

Asphalt Green Announces Selection of New Chief Program Officer Jeff Ward

Asphalt Green announced today the appointment of Jeffrey H. Ward, as the organization’s new Chief Program Officer.  “We are thrilled to have Jeff join our team,” stated Executive Director Maggy Siegel.  “Everyone involved in the search process agreed that his extensive experience and his passion for sports and fitness for all ages, makes him a perfect fit for Asphalt Green.”

As Chief Program Officer, Ward is charged with ensuring that Asphalt Green is providing the highest quality of programs for all New Yorkers.  “I’m a big believer that how you teach or coach is at least as important as what you teach or coach,” said Ward.  “Our foundation is strong, but we will always look to be on the cutting edge of best practices in each area. The richness and diversity of offering gives so some opportunities that few can match.  For example, our expertise in fitness will pay big dividends for our competitive youth teams.  And we look for our coach education program to bring distinction at a national level.  I’m also hoping to build a stronger connection between our community based programs and our elite sports teams.”

Ward is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University.  Most recently, he consulted for a wide range of clients involved in athletics as a Principal with Casco Bay Associates.  Formerly, he was Ashmead White Director of Athletics at Bowdoin College where he built a nationally acclaimed athletic department.  The program featured 31 varsity teams and an extensive collection of fitness and recreational opportunities.  Prior to Bowdoin, he was an athletic administrator and coach at Brown University, Columbia University, and the United States Military Academic at West Point.  He was also a member of the State of Maine Commission on Sports Done Right and has chaired the Brunswick, Maine Recreation Commission for over a decade.  He has been a frequent invited speaker on inclusion in athletics and leadership development through sports.

“I feel privileged to join my new colleagues at Asphalt Green,” stated Ward.  “Throughout the interview process, I was impressed by everyone’s passion to ensure that all New Yorkers can reap the benefits and joy of fitness and sports.  Great facilities and a talented staff make for a powerful combination.”

About Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness. Community service is at the core of our origin and at the heart of our mission.  A city-wide agency, Asphalt Green has two first class campuses: a beautiful 5½-acre Upper East Side campus and a 52,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Battery Park City. Through its FIT KIDS FIT CITY fundraising campaign, Asphalt Green will help 30,000 public school children be fit this year through free programs in schoolyards, gymnasiums, and pools across New York City. http://www.asphaltgreen.org ;

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