Newswise — DALLAS, TX. – More than 70 sports medicine physicians of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) will be volunteering with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to promote health in schools with the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® at Gray Elementary School this Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The humanitarian service project is part of the AMSSM Foundation’s Impacting Lives: Why We Give Back initiative and takes place a day prior to the 2016 AMSSM Annual Meeting. This is the third time a day of service has been incorporated into the beginning of the organization’s annual conference.

The Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® gives schools resources to engage teachers, students, parents and the broader community in a joint effort to improve the health of their communities. With guidance from United Way of Metroplitan Dallas, AMSSM members will work together on several projects including giving Gray Elementary’s outdoor basketball courts a long overdue facelift; complete with repainting and erecting new poles and hoops. Members will also work to construct picnic tables, a portable tennis court, a gazebo and a book nook.

"United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is proud to engage AMSSM volunteers in meaningful efforts to give North Texas students the opportunities and resources they need to lead healthy lives," said Jennifer Sampson, CEO and President of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. "As partners in our commitment to improve health and wellness across communities, volunteers will invest both manpower and heart power to encourage children toward brighter, healthier futures. We are incredibly grateful for their impactful day of service."

This project is funded with contributions to the AMSSM Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to the support and recognition of excellence in sports medicine education, research and scientific activities, while promoting opportunities for humanitarian outreach. As the fundraising arm of AMSSM, the Foundation accepts contributions, sponsorship support and grants from individuals and corporate supporters to fund programs, research, education and initiatives developed by AMSSM. To learn more or to donate to the project, visit

Margot Putukian, MD, a team physician with Princeton University and president of the AMSSM Foundation, said, “We wanted to provide an opportunity for our members to get their hands dirty in a project that provides a tangible, needed resource while building meaningful relationships amongst our members.”

About the AMSSM: AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 3,000 sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.