In January of 1990, then President George Bush, appointed Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and challenged him to raise the consciousness of all Americans on the importance of good health through physical fitness.
Building on his experience with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and his passion for youth fitness, Mr. Schwarzenegger teams up with Danny Hernandez in 1993 and founded a non-profit called the Inner-City Games Foundation (ICG), bringing sports to at-risk youth nationwide. ICG provided health and fitness programs as a way to build self-confidence, self-reliance, and camaraderie among inner-city youth. From 1995-2001, ICG expands its after-school program into 8 cities across the country, including Columbus, OH (2000). In 2003, Inner City Games converts its model to comprehensive afterschool programs and we change our name to After-School All-Stars. After-School All-Stars and Afterschool Alliance team up with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to convene national leaders for a summit on the cause of after-school in Washington D.C.
ASAS National develops four national initiatives designed to address the most pressing issues facing youth – transitioning from middle school to high school (We Are Ready), anti-obesity & healthy living (Sports as a Hook), college & career exploration (CampUs) and leadership development & community engagement (Life Service Action). Supporting the mission & vision of ASAS, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Devin Harris start Camp Hoop Heroes, a co-ed basketball-based youth mentoring camp.
The Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives provides funding to ASAS Columbus allowing it to expand its programming into other Ohio cities, making it the first ASAS chapter to go statewide. In 2012, ASAS Columbus officially changes its name to ASAS Ohio.