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Med-Fit partners with ESPN to help students

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The company, with a plant in Independence, helped renovate a hurricane-ravaged school in New Orleans.

INDEPENDENCE — An ESPN documentary on Tuesday will feature Med-Fit Systems and its sponsorship of an effort to fix up a school in hurricane-devastated New Orleans.
The renovation included Nautilus fitness equipment donated by Med-Fit. The company has a manufacturing facility in Independence.
The one-hour TV show, “RISE UP: New Orleans,” — airing at 7 p.m. — features New Orleans-based Eleanor McMain Secondary School and members of the New Orleans Saints’ staff and players, including Drew Brees.
The documentary is inspired by ESPN RISE’s mission to engage and elevate high school athletes through recognition, resources and information.
“From a weight room that had gaping holes in the ceiling and was furnished with discarded, rusty equipment to rats and no running water in the locker room, McMain High School in New Orleans was the first high school to open after Hurricane Katrina,” a Med-Fit press release says. “With no renovation since the catastrophe, they had to make do with virtually nothing, while renting fields from nearby schools for home games and competing with schools that had top-grade equipment.”
The show is similar to ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover.” ESPN stepped in to totally refurbish the school's athletic facility and contacted Med-Fit Systems to donate the exercise equipment. Med-Fit provided all of the strength equipment, including the Nautilus XPload plate-loaded line, Nautilus F3 free weights and racks, dumbbells and weight plates.
Other sponsors for the renovation project include Nike (uniforms) and Xenith (football helmets).  
“RISE UP: New Orleans” highlights the growing need for assistance provided to school athletic programs due to cutbacks.
The show covers members of the New Orleans business community coming together to refurbish McMain Secondary School’s athletic facility, its student athletes working with Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints’ strength and conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple to learn proper training methods and a special appearance from Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.
The show features the refurbishing project from start to finish, from the gutting of the space to the reveal where the students are shown the new facility.