Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) has awarded the Family Life Academy Charter Schools (FLACS) network an equipment donation valued at $15,000 as part of its partnership with Good Sports.
The grant provided brand-new equipment including 50 soccer balls, 114 jump ropes, 58 basket balls, 108 cones and 122 soft-coated foam balls. In total, they received 480 pieces. The donation will impact 2,600 kids over the lifetime of the equipment.
“The Dr. Pepper Snapple and Good Sports donation has helped our athletics program and physical education classes by increasing student participation and teamwork,” said FLACS I Physical Education Teacher Kevin Wyman. “The equipment has contributed to students becoming more skilled and physically fit in various sports. It has also enhanced student’s interest in regular physical fitness activities, which will help them develop a healthy and positive life-style in the future.”
“The donation has improved the quality of our Physical Education program, which was limited due to lack of access to an outdoor playground,” said FLACS II Physical Education Teacher Jillian Cuevas. “I am now able to plan challenging and engaging physical fitness activities in the classroom, enabling our students to improve their skills, develop physical competence, boost self-esteem while promoting a lifetime of activity.”
“Having the opportunity to provide new and safe sports equipment to our students through the donation has been essential in providing differentiated play and instruction in the area of physical fitness,” said FLACS III Assistant Principal Rachel Cotto. “The sports equipment also supports our network and school-wide ‘nutrition and wellness’ initiative that promotes healthy eating and the benefits of exercise.”
“We are pleased to support the Family Life Academy Charter Schools network with this donation, 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 an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places, and inspiration to make active 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, DPS has committed $3 million through 2016 to help kids become active through sports equipment donations made possible by Let’s Play grants.
Visit Let’s Play here to join the conversation and learn how to apply for 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. In partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let’s Play is working to eliminate the “play deficit” by building and
improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. For more information, please visit here or here.
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 here. For our latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
About Family Life Academy Charter Schools
Family Life Academy Charter Schools (FLACS) located in the Highbridge and Mott Haven sections of the South Bronx, are public charter schools registered as not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) in the State of New York. FLACS is a network of three high performing public schools serving nearly 1,000 students in grades K-8 at FLACS I, FLACS II K-5, and FLACS III K-3. We are committed to expanding education opportunities for children and closing the achievement gap. FLACS seeks to ensure that all children despite race, income, and English language skill can realize their potential when enrolled in a school that adapts to their needs, implements innovative teaching strategies, and holds high expectations of its community and stakeholders. To learn more about our community grown charter schools and how you can support our capacity to provide high-quality education and innovative programs at FLACS, please visit here.
About Good Sports
Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $16 million worth of equipment to more than 2,700 youth programs, impacting nearly three million 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 here.