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Just Announced: This month, legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney was honored by the Georgia State Senate for his extensive work and achievements in the health and fitness industry.
The "So What?":
The formal resolution from the Georgia State Assembly to acknowledge entrepreneur and motivational speaker Lee Haney, which was adopted on March 4, 2011, reads as follows:
11 LC 94 4343
Senate Resolution 324
By: Senators Jones of the 10th, James of the 35th, Ramsey, Sr. of the 43rd, Seay of the 34th, Jackson of the 2nd and others
Recognizing Mr. Lee Haney and commending the International Association of Fitness Science; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, Mr. Lee Haney is widely recognized and celebrated as an eight-time Mr. Olympia, a Guinness Book World Record holder, and bodybuilding expert; and
WHEREAS, a trainer of champions, Mr. Haney has trained and worked with such athletes as Evander Holyfield, Shawn Bradley, Gary Sheffield, and Shannon Sharpe; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Haney is founder of the International Association of Fitness Science (IAFS) which serves as an exercise and nutritional model that can be used to impact the health and fitness of people and communities everywhere; and
WHEREAS, the IAFS is recognized by the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness, the World Academy of Anti-Age Medicine, the International Chiropractors Association, the National Physique Committee, and Judson University; and
WHEREAS, the first personal training organization created by an African American and Mr. Olympia, the IAFS offers certifications in functional training, minister of fitness, and ultimate bodybuilding; and
WHEREAS, a notable author, Mr. Haney has published two exercise books, Total Lee Awesome and Ultimate Bodybuilding, and an autobiography, Beyond the Pump: A Personal Testimony; and
WHEREAS, his impressive list of awards includes recognition from the United States Sports Academy, the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness, BellSouth, and Coca-Cola; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Haney has a top rated television show that airs on the Trinity Broadcast Network called TotaLee Fit; and
WHEREAS, a philanthropist and generous man, Mr. Haney and his wife, Shirley, established Haney's Harvest House, a nonprofit organization that provides year round mentoring for young men and promotes creating character, respect for society, and love for one's self; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the extraordinary accomplishments of this distinguished Georgian be appropriately recognized.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body commend Mr. Lee Haney on his impressive career and altruistic service to others and recognize his successful International Association of Fitness Science.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Mr. Lee Haney.
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Congratulations to Lee Haney, on behalf of MUSCLE INK Magazine. In addition to other honors, such as being the recipient of the Ben Weider Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and serving as Chairman to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1999-2002 under the Bill Clinton Administration, the new resolution speaks to why IFBB Hall of Famer Lee Haney is a positive ambassador for IFBB Pro League athletes, the sport of professional bodybuilding, and healthy living, in general.
Lee Haney is the first-ever winner and IFBB Pro-card earner at the 1982 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships and first to set a record of eight Sandow trophies at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (1984-1991). As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the record for eight consecutive wins was later matched by IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005); yet, Haney initially surpassed the previous record of seven total wins set by IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of the Arnold Sports Festival and the IFBB Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships.
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