Silver Creek Elementary School Wins Physical Fitness Grant from LG and Project Fit America After Winning LG Coaches’ Cook-Off™ Competition at 2014 NCAA ® FinalFour®
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 5, 2014 – Silver Creek Elementary School of Azle, Texas earned a physical fitness Project Fit America grant from LG Electronics USA after winning the LG Coaches Cook-Off™, which took place outside of AT&T Stadium, at the Infiniti Tip-Off Tailgate™, during the NCAA® Final Four® weekend. The grant will be used for new indoor and outdoor physical fitness facilities, a curriculum and onsite training to help physical education teachers incorporate them in their lessons.
Teacher Trey Shearer from Silver Creek Elementary School secured the victory for his school by cooking the tastiest pizza of the group. Shearer faced off against coaches from three other local elementary schools selected by Project Fit America for the competition.
With assistance from Baylor University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Drew and Texas A&M Head Men’s Basketball Coach Billy Kennedy, members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), each local coach was asked to make a custom pizza, using a protein, vegetable and cheese of their choice and a full suite of high-performance appliances in the LG Kitchen including LG’s award-winning “Door-in-Door™” ENERGY STAR® certified French-door refrigerator; electric range with EasyClean™ technology; high performance five-burner, 30-inch radiant cooktop; microwave oven, and ENERGY STAR certified TrueSteam™ Dishwasher.
The dishes were judged by an expert panel that included college and professional basketball legend Clyde Drexler, Head of Marketing, LG Electronics USA, Dave VanderWaal and James Music from the culinary school at the Art Institute of Dallas.
“Trey has exemplified what it means to Do Game Day Right,” said William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA. “Silver Creek Elementary School is more than deserving of this grant. With LG, it’s all possible, and we’re pleased to be able to help students become more active for years to come.”
The three other North Texas schools competing for the grant were Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Central Elementary School and West Elementary School. The four final schools were selected through a grant process implemented by Project Fit America, which reviewed dozens of entries from schools in the North Texas area. While Sliver Creek Elementary School will receive the LG Project Fit grant, all four schools will receive a variety of LG products, including ENERGY STAR certified computer monitors, HDTVs and refrigerators.
“After reading and reviewing the applications from each of these schools, it was clear that they were all deserving of the LG physical fitness grant and each would serve as an excellent model and pilot school for the North Texas region,” said Stacey Cook, executive director at Project Fit America. “Each school’s application reflected their commitment to their students and their health. They were all great sports at the LG Coaches’ Cook-Off, and we’re looking forward to the groundbreaking at Silver Creek Elementary School later this year.”
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About Project Fit America
Project Fit America (PFA) is a national non-profit public charity dedicated to getting kids fit. PFA donates fully funded cardiovascular health and lifetime fitness education programs to schools, grades K-12. Formed in 1990 as a (501) (c) (3) corporation, PFA donates 75 cents of each dollar received to schools for the sole purpose of developing exemplary model schools for cardiovascular health and fitness. The vast majority of our sponsors have been hospitals and healthcare organizations. Since our founding sponsorship drive we have generated over $13 million. This has resulted in the development of exemplary programs for fitness in education in over 870 schools in 300 cities and 42 states.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Allstate, Amazon (Kindle), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG Electronics USA, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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