Special Guest Appearances include Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr.,
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and MLB Veteran and Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster Bill Ripken
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – (August 2, 2016) The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia today concluded its fifth and sixth stops on the Team8 Tour, hosting a Sports & Fitness Day at St. Anthony High School. With special appearances from St. Anthony’s Boys Basketball Coach and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr., Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and MLB Veteran and Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster Bill Ripken, activities included the refurbishment of the school’s weight room and outdoor recreational areas, followed by a community basketball game.
The Team8 Tour is a national campaign aimed at encouraging young people across the country to make healthy choices, build character and learn critical life lessons that will inspire them to be catalysts for positive social change. To create a safe and positive environment for Jersey City youth, the Ripken Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia partnered with The Home Depot to restore the weight room and outdoor recreational areas, including installation of new weight equipment, basketball hoops, mobile garden area and fencing around the outdoor recreational center.
Following the restoration, the tour hosted a community basketball game with student athletes from the St. Anthony’s High School basketball and football teams. Later this Fall, the Ripken Foundation will also present its Uncommon Athlete program, which uses sports as a platform to encourage positive leadership among student athletes.
“Giving kids a safe place to play, learn and grow is so important to their development into young adults and leaders in our society,” said Ripken. “It’s great to have so many partners dedicated to one cause that is giving our youth a chance to be their best in all walks of life.”
“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and take part in a project that will have a large impact on these kids,” said Hurley. “We must continue to support any effort that aids the development of the youth in Jersey City. The community is very appreciative of the restoration and the event will leave a lasting impression on these young athletes.”
Bob Hurley, Sr., has dedicated his life to both basketball and aiding the development of Jersey City youth. Hurley was the second high school coach to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame with more than 1,000 wins in his 42 years as a coach. Additionally, more than 100 graduates of Hurley’s program have received Division I basketball scholarships and all but two of his players have gone on to college.
“EcoMedia is proud and gratified to participate in the Team 8 Tour and to help support athletics at St. Anthony High School,” said Paul Polizzotto, company founder and president. “School sports programs are the perfect vehicle to teach kids not only how to be competitive on the field or court, but about so many important life skills and lessons. I hope the physical improvements we made today, and the community spirit we created on the basketball court, will continue to inspire Jersey City youth to invest in themselves by making positive and healthy life choices.”
Additionally, the Team8 Tour concluded its sixth stop in New York City where the Harlem RBI program presented the Ripken Foundation’s Healthy Choices, Healthy Children program, which provides youth with the tools to find success on the field, in the classroom and in their communities.
Before coming to Jersey City and New York City, the Team8 Tour kicked off in Houston, with a three-day stop that unveiled a new outdoor basketball court and the donation of sports equipment, paired with the presentation of the Uncommon Athletes program. The tour then made its way to Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. to lead projects inspired by the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children initiative. Future stops include Los Angles and Denver.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF)
For the last 15 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed circumstances across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripken’s created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation use sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 8 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.
In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just five years, the Ripken Foundation has created 55 completed parks across the country, impacting over 235,000 kids annually. In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Parks and mentor programs.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 2 million people in New Jersey with a network of 95 hospitals and more than 35,000 physicians and other care providers statewide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at WWW.UHC.COM or follow @myUHC on Twitter.
About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
EcoMedia was founded in 2001 by social entrepreneur Paul Polizzotto. The company’s mission is to harness the power of the advertising dollar to make tangible, quality of life improvements in communities nationwide. In 2010, after successfully partnering on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia was acquired by CBS Corporation, exponentially scaling its reach across television, radio, interactive, and publishing media.
Through EcoMedia’s patent-pending EcoAd, EducationAd, WellnessAd, Viewers to Volunteers, Volunteering with the Stars, and Charity Champions League advertising programs, national brands and local businesses provide millions of dollars in financial support to some of the nation’s most effective nonprofit organizations, funding critical veterans’, education, health and wellness, and environmental projects nationwide.
EcoMedia’s innovative and proprietary business models have fundamentally altered the advertising and philanthropy landscapes, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change and making it possible for everyone to give back, whatever their means.
Paul Polizzotto and the team at EcoMedia have earned numerous awards and recognitions for their work, including the US Conference of Mayors Award for Excellence in Public Private Partnerships (2009) and back-to-back Edison Awards for Social Innovation and Social Impact (2012, 2013).
In Spring 2016, Paul was named Social Good Leader of the Year by CynopsisMedia and recognized as one of “America’s 25 most influential philanthropy and social innovation experts” by Philanthropy Media. He has received the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s “General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award,” the EPA’s “Environmental Hero” recognition, the Santa Monica Baykeeper’s and the Waterkeeper Alliance’s “Keeper Award,” and the Coastal Living Leadership Award. He was also named a Public-Private Visionary by Vanity Fair magazine.
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