BRONX, NY – 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 basketballs, 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.”
Among 480 pieces of equipment, the grant provided soccer balls, jump ropes, basketballs, cones and soft-coated foam balls. More 2,600 kids will benefit over the lifetime of the equipment.
“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.