Over the next three years, this equipment is expected to impact the lives of over 92,000 children in the Phoenix area.
In total, over 2,600 pieces of equipment were donated, including items such as baseball bats, baseball gloves, football girdles, volleyballs, soccer balls, running shoes, playground balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, flag football belts, and pop-up goals.
In April, $31,000 of this donation was awarded to Camelback High School, Peralta Elementary School, and the Phoenix Union High School District, who were both participants in the Let’s Play Phoenix Pledge Challenge.
Schools that took part in the Phoenix Pledge were challenged to add an extra hour of playtime to their students’ schedules.
Camelback High School won first place, Peralta Elementary won third place, and eleven of the thirteen schools in the Phoenix Union High School District were finalists. Each of these schools were awarded kits containing equipment allowed these schools to expand and improve their PE and athletic programs, as well as get more of their students active and engaged in healthy physical actively.
“We are pleased to support all of these organizations with this grant from Let’s Play, part of our overall commitment to bringing play to life and ensuring that kids are able to make play a daily priority,” said Vicki Draughn, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Dr Pepper Snapple. “We hope that it will make a big difference to kids in the community and give them the equipment and gear they need to get in the game and get active.”
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority.
Through DPS’s partnership with Good Sports, an organization which provides donations of athletic gear, footwear and sports equipment to deserving organizations or communities, Let’s Play has committed $3 million through 2016 to help kids become active through organized sports and fitness programs.
Studies show that in addition to the obvious benefits of regular activity, kids who participate in sports enjoy better nutritional awareness and improved self-esteem. However, kids also need the proper equipment to enjoy these benefits. Through the Let’s Play initiative, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Good Sports will equip 3 million kids around the nation with the tools to play.
Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the s available grants to make communities more active and playful.
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is an initiative launched in 2011 by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. By 2017, DPS will provide nearly 10 million children across North America with new opportunities to play and be active through Let’s Play. Working in partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let’s Play engages community organizations, thought leaders, elected officials and DPS employees to help eliminate the ‘play deficit’ by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.
About Good Sports
Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $12 million worth of equipment to more than 1,800 youth programs, impacting millions of kids. Good Sports has also been awarded a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability; is a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity; and is listed on Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100, an index of top American nonprofits creating meaningful social impact. For more information on how you can support Good Sports, please visit www.goodsports.org
For more information, please contact, Courtney Schermerhorn at 617) 471-1213 x 142.