Detroit is a sports town, and that includes our high schools but sometimes they need a boost to get the equipment they need to run their programs.
The Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative, McDonald’s and Good Sports want to help and have teamed up to offer a $50,000 award in sporting equipment to Detroit public high schools.
To receive the new equipment, Detroit schools had to produce a video that shows why they deserved the athletic boost. It was not, however, just about how much wear, tear or just non-existent the current equipment was, but also why sports mattered to each school.
You get to vote on the video you like best. Votes can be casted once a day at Facebook.com/Lets Play through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The school with the greatest number of votes after the voting period will win a $20,000 sports equipment donation. Second place will receive a $15,000 donation and third, fourth and fifth place will each receive a $5,000 donation.
“On behalf of my fellow McDonald’s operators, we are proud to give back and consistently invest in the communities in which we do business,” says Jon Campbell, Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owner. “We have long championed the well-being of our youth and are delighted by our partnership with Let’s Play and Good Sports, which will benefit the winning schools for many years.”
When 2017 rolls around, Let’s Play will have given 10 million kids the chance to play through grants for new or improved playgrounds and/or sports equipment. The goal is to increase and stress the importance of activity and playing to kids and their families.
“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to partner with two outstanding organizations – McDonalds and Good Sports – to make a big difference for kids in the Detroit community,” says Vicki Draughn, vice president, corporate affairs, Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “This grant will give these high school students the equipment and gear they need to get in the game and get active.”
“Our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Let’s Play has enabled Good Sports to provide even more equipment to deserving youth across the country,” says Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. “Together, in partnership with McDonald’s, we are thrilled to support Detroit public high schools by providing the tools and resources they need to keep children active, healthy, and happy.”