Susan Dell, co-founder and Board Chair of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, who competes in triathlons and promotes physical fitness will receive the United States Sports Academy’s Dwight D Eisenhower Fitness Award.
Susan was a member of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, is a trustee of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas and a board member of the Cooper Institute in Dallas.
Outside of her daily professional responsibilities, Susan competes in marathons, triathlons, and cycling races. Her most recent accomplishments include: in 2010 setting the record for women (all age categories) on the bike stress test at the Cooper Institute in Dallas; first woman finisher in the 2009 Kaloko Cycling Race to La La Land in Hawaii; first woman finisher while setting a new course record in the 2007 Kaloko Sprint Cycling Race; first woman finisher while setting a new course record in the 2006 Sea To Stars Mauna Kea Road Race; setting the record in the 2007 40-44 women’s age group for the Cooper Clinic stress test; finished 1st place overall for men and women while setting the course record for women in 2004, a record she then broke in 2007 in the Kaloko “La La Land” Cycling Race; and she successful competed in the 2003 Ironman World Championships.
Susan and her husband, Michael, co-founded the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. The Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. In the US, the foundation also funds childhood obesity prevention programs and a college scholarship program that recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
The Dell family foundation supports several childhood obesity prevention programs, including Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), Consortium to Lower Childhood Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), The New York Road Runners Foundation’s Mighty Milers Program, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthy Schools Program), Marathon Kids, and The Food Trust.
Susan also was the driving force behind, and the narrator of, a book entitled, Be Well: Messages from Moms on Living Healthier Lives. The book features the stories of 15 urban moms who are creatively finding ways to fight childhood obesity in their homes and communities. The aim of the book is to make it accessible to any parent – regardless of resources or income level – who wants to start their children on a healthy path.
The Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award is presented to a person who has shown outstanding individual or cumulative achievement in fitness and has contributed to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity.