Coca-Cola teamed up with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Gateway National Recreation Area to celebrate summer and encourage New Jersey families to go out and play as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.
At a community event held Wednesday, Coca-Cola awarded a $10,000 recreation grant to Sandy Hook – Gateway National Recreation Area to help support Sandy Hook’s 27th Annual All-Women Lifeguard Tournament and the Sandy Hook Unit.
Specifically, this grant will be used towards the purchase of a row-away shell, or lifeguard boat. Coca-Cola Refreshments’ Dori Silverman; WNBA legend Kayte Christensen; New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism’s Phyllis Oppenheimer on behalf of New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno; and Gateway National Recreation Area’s Linda Canzanelli were on hand for the check presentation and to help New Jersey residents discover fun places in the park to get active.
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“We are delighted to support ways for New Jersey families to be more active outdoors,” said Dori Silverman, assistant VP, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Coca-Cola is passionate about restoring, rebuilding and renovating our nation’s parks, and we’re proud to recognize Sandy Hook – Gateway National Recreation Area with an America Is Your Park grant to contribute to the enhancement of this beautiful, community park.”
As part of Coca-Cola’s partnership with the WNBA, the event also featured a WNBA clinic for approximately 75 members of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. Led by Kayte Christensen, the children participated in fitness skills and drills that encouraged them to get outside and play this summer.
Coca-Cola is calling on New Jersey residents to go to LivePositively.com to help their favorite park win the title of “America’s Favorite Park” and a $100,000 recreation grant made possible by Coca-Cola’s Live Positively initiative.