Sprite to aid school parks

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Program aims to give communities funds to renovate outdoor play areas

Summer is over, but Sprite is working to help students swing back into the school year with newly refurbished recreational spaces.

The Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools program is giving local schools nationwide the opportunity to spruce up areas on their campuses where students can play, stay fit and be refreshed all school year long.

The Sprite Spark Parks Project is a multi-year commitment to build and restore places where teens, families and communities can get outside and get active. Through its work with teens and parents, Sprite will put more than $2 million into building or revamping a minimum of 150 outdoor spaces throughout the country in 2011. These spaces include neighborhood parks, basketball courts, playgrounds and athletic fields.

Parents and community members can give their favorite school a chance to win one of 25 grants worth $25,000 by entering My Coke Rewards codes found on specially-marked Sprite packaging.

Codes can be submitted at MyCokeRewards.com/Sprite through Sept. 30.

“The Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools supports local communities and breathes new life into the recreation spaces that are so important to teens,” said Michael Mathews, vice president of the sparkling non-colas division of Coca-Cola North America. “We saw an ongoing need for outdoor spaces at schools. Sprite is adding a spark back into school playgrounds and athletic fields by building places where youth can get active and stay refreshed with their friends.”

During last year’s program, three schools each won a $25,000 playground renovation from Sprite after parents and community members rallied to donate points. Another 20 schools were awarded $5,000 to be used towards athletic equipment for each school.

Sprite kicks-off the national sweepstakes this month by revamping seven K-12 schools across America in need of an outdoor play space with a $25,000 playground or athletic field donation.

Accredited K-12 schools (public and private) located within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia are eligible to take part in the My Coke Rewards for Schools program. A full list of eligible schools can be found at MyCokeRewards.com/Schools. Schools must be registered in the program to redeem points for rewards.