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Home Depot grant provides funds for fitness for Oakwood University

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HUNTSVILLE, AL - Oakwood University has received a huge boost to help students with fitness. The Home Depot has provided the school with a $50,000 grant.

"It's an honor to work for a company that supports local communities," said Home Depot store manager Clint Dalton.

The school is using the funds for outdoor exercise circuits and a two-mile long walking trail as part of the Healthy Campus 2020 initiative.

Oakwood University is the first school in Alabama to win the grant.  Miss Oakwood University 2015-2016 Lauren Eaton says receiving support from a company as renowned as Home Depot makes her proud.

"The biggest home retailer in the United States actually cares about [Historically Black Colleges & Universities] and wants to build us up and improve our schools," said Eaton.  "It means a lot to us."

Greg Darville is a university health ambassador, and says fitness plays a much bigger role in students' life than one may think.

"It enhances every aspect of your life.  Not only are you healthier, you feel better, your academics can be enhanced because you're feeling better, it just enhances the entire person," said Darville.

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