Sprite seeks to help schools win playgrounds

ATLANTA — Sprite is here 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 across the country the opportunity to liven 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 www.mycokerewards.com/sprite until 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 Sparkling Non-Colas at 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."