Newtown Athletic Club is known for doing big things, and the club’s latest bit of news is no exception. Last week the NAC proudly announced that club owner, Jim Worthington, was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association, (IHRSA). The election took place during the organization’s 2018 International Conference in San Diego, CA. IHRSA is global community of health and fitness professionals with 10,000 clubs representing 90 countries.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Worthington will be responsible for leading the largest fitness trade association in the world to become the solution for the global obesity crisis as well as to protect, promote and grow the fitness industry. His vision and leadership will help to shape the direction of fitness and wellness worldwide during a time when the world is beginning to recognize that “Exercise is Medicine” having a positive effect on almost every disease state as well as preventing many diseases from ever developing.
Mr. Worthington comments, “I am honored and humbled to have the privilege to serve the industry that I have been passionate about for 40 years in this way. There comes a time in every man’s life when his actions are driven more by legacy than ambition. I will do my best to make a mark in the industry that has lasting effects to propel us towards the ultimate goal of making fitness and wellness more available to everyone in the world.”
This honor coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the Newtown Athletic Club (1978 – 2018). This milestone will be celebrated all year long with many events and acknowledgements of long term members and employees. Established as a 15,000 square foot racquetball club on 3 acres in 1978, the NAC has grown into a globally recognized 250,000 square foot lifestyle club on 25 acres. A pioneer in many facets of fitness and wellness, Mr. Worthington’s vision and the dedication of the entire NAC team have brought the NAC to this pinnacle of international recognition.