Atlanta, June 6, 2013 – Did you know that a run in the park or a family game of soccer could be worth $100,000? This summer, being active outdoors has never been more rewarding as Coca‑Cola kicks off the fourth-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Starting today, people can get active on behalf of their favorite park to help it win money for improvements and the title of “America’s Favorite Park.”
“Through America Is Your Park and all of Coca‑Cola’s summer programs, we hope to show people how fun and rewarding it can be to get moving outdoors,” said Stuart Kronauge, General Manager, Sparkling Beverages, Coca‑Cola USA. “We set a goal to inspire 3 million people to get moving this summer and there’s no better place to start than at the park.”
This year, the more people move, the more votes they can earn for their favorite park. By registering at Coke.com/Parks and linking foursquare and MapMyFitness accounts, individuals can “Take It To The Park” for even more opportunities to turn physical activity into votes:
To encourage more activity outdoors, votes will be doubled on “National Get Outdoors Day” (June 8), the first day of summer (June 21) and the last weekend of voting (July 13 and 14). National Get Outdoors Day is led by the USDA Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation.
The three parks that receive the most votes by July 15, 2013 will be awarded recreation grants in the following amounts: First Place – $100,000; Second Place – $50,000; and, Third Place – $25,000. In addition, a $15,000 grant will be awarded at random to another park that places in one of the remaining top 25 spots. These recreation grants are provided to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in national, state or local parks where people can play and be active.
There are many ways people can “Take It To The Park,” but it all starts with getting active. Recently, Coca‑Cola announced a commitment to inspire as many as 3 million people to get their “fun on” this summer by making activities and sports gear available. Through the “Get The Ball Rolling” initiative, the Company will use its programs and events to make sure that people rediscover the joy and fun of being active this summer.
- To encourage people to get outside and enjoy active fun, Coca‑Cola is giving away fitness activity trackers and up to 100,000 soccer balls at major events and online at www.MyCokeRewards.com all summer.
- Host a family picnic in the park with your favorite SUBWAY™ restaurant sandwiches and get a family game of soccer started. And then turn that activity into votes for your favorite park by “checking in” via foursquare or logging activity on MapMyFitness. In support of active, healthy living programs, SUBWAY is the exclusive America Is Your Park partner for the third year in a row.
- Around the country, the Coca‑Cola Swelter Stopper will also be making stops to help people beat the heat and get active. The Swelter Stopper is an award-winning mobile activity unit that will cool things down at more than 100 events throughout the summer. Blasts of frosty air will provide refreshing relief from the summertime heat and a DJ will crank up the volume. Visitors can also enjoy interactive gaming, a video studio and photo station.
- Coca‑Cola Happiness Trucks will also be rolling into town at a series of dancing and activity events across the country. The interactive vehicles will inspire people to get on their feet and move to the beat of some of the hottest music of the summer.
The Coca‑Cola Foundation will expand its Troops for Fitness program in key cities across the country throughout 2013. Launched last fall in Chicago, the program taps returning service veterans to teach military-style fitness classes and nutritional techniques to families in communities most in need of wellness services.
Coca‑Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation for more than 40 years. The Company has donated more than $14 million to date in recreation grants and partnerships to help keep families active in the great outdoors. Through America Is Your Park, Coca‑Cola is continuing its partnership with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.
The Coca‑Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca‑Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca‑Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.
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America Is Your Park Website: www.Coke.com/Parks
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