Some good sports enjoy random acts of playThursday, September 20, 2012 by: Good Deeds
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Donation carries on new national program to support healthy, active lifestyles for kids across Canada
September 20, 2012 (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) – Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 will benefit from a donation of fitness equipment over the next month alone courtesy of Canada Dry Mott’s and the company’s Random Acts of Play program. The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA now has $3,000 worth of new basketballs, volleyballs, floor hockey equipment and more to be used by children aged 3-12.
To mark the donation, Brandy Sharp Young, Manager Marketing and Communications at Sault Ste. Marie YMCA, visited the organization’s Chapple Hub to put their new sports equipment to good use along with a number of excited youth.
“We’re thrilled with the positive response the Random Acts of Play program has received to date,” said Carol-Anne Gower, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Canada Dry Mott’s. “Our goal with Random Acts of Play is to help families maintain an active, healthy lifestyle by providing the tools, places and inspiration to make physical activity a priority. We’ve had a number of quality organizations apply for these $3,000 equipment grants and are grateful to have an impact in a number of communities across Canada.”
Beginning in April 2012, Canada Dry Mott’s started providing monthly equipment donations to organizations in need by partnering with Good Sports, a non-profit organization that provides equipment to ensure all kids have a chance to play. In total, Canada Dry Mott’s will be donating $30,000 worth of equipment this calendar year.
“Good Sports is thrilled to partner with Canada Dry Mott’s to kick off its Random Acts of Play program. Ensuring kids are equipped to lead a healthy, active lifestyle is critical to their development and I commend Canada Dry Mott’s for their commitment to that goal,” said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports.
Schools, community groups, and other organizations across Canada helping children maintain an active lifestyle are all eligible to apply for upcoming Random Acts of Play grants from Canada Dry Mott’s. Organizations can apply online at www.canadadrymotts.ca.
The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA Community Hubs Program works as part of the community outreach partnership that exists between the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA and the Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation. There are four hubs in designated areas that deliver activities working primarily with low-income families who are faced with multiple barriers. Each hub works with children, youth and adults, delivering age appropriate programming at each level.
“The YMCA promotes the development of spirit, mind and body by encouraging healthy lifestyles, personal growth and service to the community,” said Sharp Young. “Our after school programs and the work we do with our established community partners offer children and youth the opportunity to interact with their peers. This grant will help us continue encourage our community to make healthy choices now and in the future.”
About Canada Dry Mott's Inc.
Canada Dry Mott's is a leading beverage business marketing a wide range of soft drinks, juices, teas, mixers and other premium beverages throughout Canada. The company's portfolio includes Canada Dry, Mott's Clamato, Dr Pepper, Crush, Mott's Fruitsations, Schweppes, Orangina, Mott's Garden Cocktail and Mr. & Mrs. T mixers among other brands. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Dry Mott's is a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS), one of the leading refreshment beverage businesses in North America. For more information, please visit www.canadadrymotts.ca.
About Good Sports
Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people across North America. Since 2003, Good Sport has provided more than $6 million worth of equipment, impacted more than 350,000 kids and served nearly 750 youth programs. To accomplish this, Good Sports partners with sporting goods manufacturers to ensure that disadvantaged youth are getting the equipment they need to participate.
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