A Janesville teacher is being recognized for his innovative physical education program.
Eric Gunderson, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville, was selected out of 1,400 applicants to receive $2,000 grant from ING. He also received the title of Unsung Hero.
The vertical climbing wall in the school's gym is just one of the tools the 11-year teaching veteran is using to take physical education to new heights.
"One of my goals being an educator here in Janesville is to turn them on to being active at a young age and hopefully they'll have a chance at being active when they are older," Gunderson said.
For 15 years, ING has been recognizing local educators. Gunderson's grant will go toward his Funderson program, which he started three years ago.
"As a parent at Roosevelt I noticed, even from kindergarten, there's quite a bit more academic pressure than when I was in kindergarten. It seemed like it needed some counter balancing with some fun," said parent David Ryan.