CHARITY & ADVOCACY BEGIN AT HOME
The Newtown Athletic Club has been working with countless organizations in the community since 1978. As a cornerstone of the community, we support hundreds of other groups and organizations. After giving significant contributions to the community (valuing over $1 million dollars annually) for over 20 years, to gather all of these altruistic activities under one organization, the Have a Heart Foundation was born.
In addition to charitable work, the NAC advocacy team, consisting of NAC owner, Jim Worthington and Director of Government Relations, Linda Mitchell, advocates for “Right To Try” legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., as well as, promotes the PHIT bill in the halls of congress.
NAC Have A Heart Foundation
The NAC Have a Heart Foundation was founded by the owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), with a vision to create a charitable arm of the NAC that would serve the community both locally and nationally.
The mission of the foundation is to identify and raise awareness and funds for causes in our community which affect the quality of life of the members of our community and the world at large through both advocacy and fundraising.
While the foundation supports many causes, it currently focuses on raising funds for ALS research (funds going directly to ALS TDI) to find a cure for this horrific disease and supports advocacy for causes that affect the terminally ill. To date, more than $2 million has been raised for Augie’s Quest through Matt’s Mission.
Advocacy & Legislation
In addition to charitable work, the NAC advocacy team advocates for “Right To Try” legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., as well as, promotes the PHIT bill in the halls of congress.
The Right To Try Bill will give all terminally ill patients in America the “Right to Try” experimental drugs and medical equipment which have passed Phase 1 FDA Clinical Trials and are now in Phase 2 and 3 Clinical Trials. Right to Try Bill has become the law of the land and bears the Name of ALS Warrior Matt Bellina.
The PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) bill is federal legislation that would allow any US taxpayer to use pre-tax Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) to pay for qualified fitness expenses, like youth sports fees, health club dues and sports safety equipment. The allowable expenses for these services are up to $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a family – projecting a possible savings of 20 – 30%.