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January 1, 1991 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I never give up," George Allen said in 1988. "I'm not used to having setbacks, but we'll overcome this." The setback had been dealt not by a football opponent but by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, whose enthusiasm for Allen's pet project, a $50-million physical fitness academy in Laguna Hills, waned as the years went by. Finally, even Allen's staunchest supporter on the board, Supervisor Thomas F. Riley, voted not to renew the academy's $1-a-year lease on county-owned land.
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SPORTS
June 25, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
When George Allen moved his National Fitness Foundation out of Indianapolis in 1985, he left behind the cornerstone for what he hoped would be the first national fitness academy, a unique center for the coaches who train America's young athletes. Three years and millions of dollars later, the cornerstone, still unused in Indianapolis, is all that has been built of Allen's pet project.
NEWS
January 1, 1991 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I never give up," George Allen said in 1988. "I'm not used to having setbacks, but we'll overcome this." The setback had been dealt not by a football opponent but by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, whose enthusiasm for Allen's pet project, a $50-million physical fitness academy in Laguna Hills, waned as the years went by. Finally, even Allen's staunchest supporter on the board, Supervisor Thomas F. Riley, voted not to renew the academy's $1-a-year lease on county-owned land.
SPORTS
October 15, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
An ambitious plan to build a private, $30-million U.S. Fitness Academy was dealt a severe setback Friday when Orange County officials let expire a lease option on 175 acres in Laguna Niguel because the plan's backers had raised too little money for the training facility. The county had intended to lease the undeveloped land at a cost of only $1 a year. The academy, proposed as a training facility for the nation's coaches, was the idea of George Allen, former National Football League coach.
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Former Rams football coach George Allen, who thinks young Americans don't exercise enough, is making sure that some preschool children in Hawthorne and Hermosa Beach continue their early introduction to physical fitness. The children attend Hippety Heart's Gyms in Hawthorne and Hermosa Beach, where they learn motor skills and health awareness. But last week the truck storing their portable gym equipment was stolen.
NEWS
February 14, 1985 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
The first United States Fitness Academy, a national training headquarters and research center for coaches and physical education instructors, will be built on a 175-acre site in the Aliso Viejo area of Orange County. Former pro football coach George Allen, chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, announced the selection during a press conference Wednesday at the Century Plaza.
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Former Rams football coach George Allen, who thinks young Americans don't exercise enough, is making sure that some preschool children in Hawthorne and Hermosa Beach continue their early introduction to physical fitness. The children attend Hippety Heart's Gyms in Hawthorne and Hermosa Beach, where they learn motor skills and health awareness. But last week the truck storing their portable gym equipment was stolen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1986 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times Staff Writer
It's unanimous. From President Reagan on down, everyone seems to want the National Fitness Academy to be built in Aliso Viejo. Uncertainty is growing, however, over whether the nonprofit, privately financed academy to train coaches will be built there after all. Ten months have passed since the trustees of the National Fitness Foundation announced that they had rejected sites elsewhere in Southern California and in Indianapolis, Houston and Dallas in favor of the south Orange County location.
SPORTS
October 15, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
An ambitious plan to build a private, $30-million U.S. Fitness Academy was dealt a severe setback Friday when Orange County officials let expire a lease option on 175 acres in Laguna Niguel because the plan's backers had raised too little money for the training facility. The county had intended to lease the undeveloped land at a cost of only $1 a year. The academy, proposed as a training facility for the nation's coaches, was the idea of George Allen, former National Football League coach.
SPORTS
June 25, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
When George Allen moved his National Fitness Foundation out of Indianapolis in 1985, he left behind the cornerstone for what he hoped would be the first national fitness academy, a unique center for the coaches who train America's young athletes. Three years and millions of dollars later, the cornerstone, still unused in Indianapolis, is all that has been built of Allen's pet project.
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