City Parks Foundation and ING Run for Something Better Host 2010 Track & Field Citywide Championships
City Parks Foundation today held its 9th Annual CityParks Track & Field Citywide Championships, bringing over 2,000 New York City youth to the world-class Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island for a day of healthy competition in a wide range of track & field events. The track & field meet gave all registered participants of the CityParks Track & Field program an opportunity to experience the exhilarating spirit of the Olympics, close to home.
Teams of kids ages 5-16 from the 12 CityParks Track & Field sites across the city competed in various events throughout the day, including Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Triple Jump, Long Jump, 400 Meter Run, 55 Meter Hurdles, 4x100 Meter Relay, and 100 Meter Dash. The event also included a Giant Shuttle Relay Race and 55 Meter Dash for Peewees (ages 5-7). Championship medals at Peewee, Beginner, and Intermediate levels were awarded to first and second place winners.
City Parks Foundation's CityParks Track & Field program, funded by ING Run for Something Better®, is now in its seventh year of offering free track & field instruction for boys and girls ages 5-16, with lessons held twice a week from July through August in parks citywide.
"This summer our free track & field program reached a record number of kids, encouraging healthy activities for youth that can last a lifetime," said David Rivel, executive director of City Parks Foundation. "Today's tournament, along with our entire season of free track & field instruction for kids, is made possible by the generous support of ING Run for Something Better, helping to make a difference in the health and well-being of New York City's youth every summer."
ING Run for Something Better is ING's charitable program that helps fund school-based running programs across the nation, introducing kids to the benefit of sport. It advocates a healthy and active lifestyle in the fight against childhood obesity. The youth running program has successfully enhanced the sport of running in New York - especially among the city's youth. In addition to ING's support of CityParks Track & Field, both ING and City Parks Foundation share a commitment to youth fitness, and to the communities of New York City. ING is the title sponsor of the ING New York City Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. More information on all of CPF's programs can be found at www.CityParksFoundation.org.
Nora Lanning, City Parks Foundation, 212.360.8205, nlanning@CityParksFoundation.org
Audria Belton Benn, ING, 770.980.5715, firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the ING Run For Something Better
The ING Run For Something BetterÂ® helps fund school-based running programs in an effort to combat childhood obesity before it ever begins. Linked to ING's commitment to education, the program helps introduce kids to the benefits of sport, a habit of physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Nationally, ING has committed over $2.5 million to fund grants and school-based running programs through ING Run For Something Better. Since 2006, close to one million dollars has also been raised by individual donors through a special charitable fund to encourage others to support the cause by making their own contributions. When someone donates $10 or more to the ING Run For Something Better, ING will recognize their contribution by giving them a special pair of orange shoelaces to wear showing that they are "tied" to supporting kids' fitness. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go to the ING Run For Something Better fitness programs.
For more information about the orange laces, go to www.orangelaces.com.