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 The United States Marines Youth Foundation offers programs to schools across the nation to assist our youth in getting involved with a fitness program. 


The United States Marines Youth Foundation was incorporated in 1967 to endow the Youth Physical Fitness (YPF) Program and others like it benefiting American Youth. 

National Youth Physical Fitness Program

 The United States Marines Youth Foundation, Inc. provides program books and videos to athletic directors so they can set up a fitness program within their school or youth organization. The 22-page full color program book is a complete how-to book and comes with scoring charts, examples of the competitive exercises and even offers descriptions and examples of alternative exercises for students who are not at their peak fitness levels or may need special assistance. The K-12 Program is designed to teach kids at an early age about the importance of staying healthy and promotes a "Fitness for Life" message. Each year that a child participates in the program, and continues to show progress, he/she can earn a beautiful full-color certificate, up to ten total. As a child progresses through the program, and once they reach high school, they are eligible to participate in organized state, regional and national competition. 

National High School Physical Fitness Program

 High school aged kids in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in state, regional and national physical fitness competitions. Many high schools and youth groups form teams to compete at these events. The United States Marines Youth Foundation, Inc. funds and administers these events. Winners from the state competition advance to regional events. Regional winners ultimately earn a spot at the National High School Physical Fitness Championships.

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence Program

 Each year the United States Marines Youth Foundation, Inc. awards approximately 15,000 Semper Fidelis Awards for Musical Excellence certificates to deserving high school students. High school band directors from across the nation submit their student nominations for the year. The United States Marines Youth Foundation, Inc. provides the certificates to these schools free of charge. This certificate program is a tool that educators have to recognize deserving students and works towards keeping the Arts alive in our schools. 

Rafer Johnson


"The U.S. Marines Youth Foundation  program contributes to the fitness of our youth and I strongly endorse and support its efforts"

Rafer Johnson

1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion

Meet our board

General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.)


29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

Chairman of the board

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Col. Michael T. Harrigan, USMCR (Ret.)



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LtGen Richard Kramlich, USMC (Ret.)


Vice President

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PDC James Powell



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PNC Helen Hicks



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Foundation Staff

MSgt Thomas W Hazlett Sr. USMC (Ret)


Executive Director

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Sgt. Maj Devell Durham Jr. USMC (Ret.)


YPF Chairman

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board members

Maj. Gen Michael Regner USMC (Ret.)

Col. James Flynn, USMC (Ret.)

Col. Robert O. Daday

Col. Christian P.M. Klinefeller, USAR (Ret.)

Col. James A Bracken USMC (Ret.)

John Pfeiffer, Jr., Ed.D.

LtCol Patrick Owen USMC (Ret.)

Howard Schaeffer

Major Paul F Hastings USMC (Ret.)

Corporate Members

Mr. Douglas F. Fisk

Cmdt. MCL Dennis Tobin

Mr. Thomas Mcllwee


LtGen Stephen G. Olmstead USMC (Ret.)

President Emeritus

BGen James Joy, USMC (Ret.)

Director Emeritus

SgtMaj Ernest F Seagle, USMC (Ret.)

Director Emeritus