Kenneth Cooper, founder of the Cooper Institute and known as the “father of aerobics,” will be inducted into the National Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame in January, in conjunction with the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship weekend festivities.
Cooper will be inducted during a ceremony on Jan. 8 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The chairmen of the event include former Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. The event is part of the build-up to the national title game slated for Jan. 12 in Arlington.
“Our entire nation owes Dr. Cooper our deepest gratitude,” said NFF chairman Archie Manning. “His teachings and insights have earned him the title as the father of aerobics, and he has espoused a lifestyle that has benefited everybody from top athletes to senior citizens who are simply looking for ways to improve their quality of life. He clearly has defined himself as a leader who challenges the status quo, and has created a brighter future for the next generation.”