A.I. DuPont Middle School is one of three winning schools that will receive a state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Center as part of the National Champion Schools campaign, Governor Jack Markell announced today.

Bancroft Elementary School, in Wilmington, and McCullough Middle School, in New Castle, were also named winners.

The schools were chosen because of their commitment and dedication to promoting student physical activity and wellness.

"Because of their efforts, I'm pleased to award each of these schools with a new Live Positively Fitness Center that will allow all of their students the opportunity to add physical fitness activities into their daily routine and put them on the road to being fit and healthy," Jake "Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, said in a press release. "I've always said that academics and fitness go hand in and hand and believe that if you provide the schools with the tools, students will excel beyond their wildest dreams. Not only will these students be healthier, but they'll also have increased confidence, improved self-esteem and will achieve greater academic success."

The new fitness centers will be dedicated at ribbon cuttings ceremonies this fall, with Governor Markell and Chairman Steinfeld.