Parade Adds Service to its Roster of All American Teams

April 5, 2010 New York, NY Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

The search is on for America’s most service-savvy high school students -- so if there’s one in your life, PARADE Magazine wants to know. Since 1957, PARADE has honored the nation’s top prep athletes with its All-America High School Teams. This year, in partnership with The LEAGUE, a national youth service organization that empowers young people to “get in the game” of giving and making a positive difference in their communities, PARADE will announce its first ever All-America High School Service Team. Team members, along with other LEAGUE teams nationwide, will be honored on June 9, 2010, at The LEAGUE National Awards & Recognition event ceremony to be held in Washington, DC.

This annual end-of-year event, sponsored by ING, celebrates and recognizes the top LEAGUE schools, teachers and students for the work they have done in making a difference in their communities; and will also recognize the All-America High School Service Team and the impact they have made nationwide. The All-America Team is supported through the generous funding of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“ING is proud to be the title sponsor of The LEAGUE’s Annual Recognition and Awards Ceremony,” says Rhonda Mims, president, ING Foundation. “Recognizing our youth who are making contributions to improve their communities is important, and we welcome the opportunity to join The LEAGUE in continuing to inspire and celebrate our future generation of civic leaders.”

Members of the PARADE All-America High School Service Team will be chosen by an independent panel of judges and consist of students who have exhibited exemplary service achievements in one of five categories, including: Health, Education, Environment, Economics, or Community. Three winners in each category will receive a trip to Washington, DC, where they will be recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“We are excited to extend the PARADE All-America program beyond athletics for the first time to honor students who are working to create a better world through service,” says PARADE CEO Jack Haire. “These young people are our country’s future leaders and a source of great pride.”

The PARADE All-America High School Service Team members will be featured in an article in PARADE magazine and serve as national youth spokespeople for service and as members of The LEAGUE National Youth Commission.

To download an application, or for more information, visit: The deadline is April 14th.

Press inquiries

Audria Belton Benn, ING, 770-980-5715 or

About PARADE Magazine

PARADE, the most widely read magazine in America, is distributed in more than 500 of the nation’s top newspapers. The magazine, which launched in 1941, now has a circulation of 32 million and a readership of 74 million. Each Sunday in PARADE and every day at, our mission is to connect emotionally with Americans about the issues they care most about and move them to action. For more information, visit

About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance, and retirement services to over 85 million residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 110,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.

In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, and financial planning. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves nearly 30 million customers across the nation.

ING’s diversity management philosophy and commitment to workplace diversity, diversity marketing, corporate citizenship and supplier diversity fosters an inclusive environment for employees that supports a distinctive product and service experience for the financial services consumer. For more information, visit

About the ING Foundation

The ING Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on programs in the areas of financial literacy, children’s education, diversity, and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit

About The LEAGUE

Created by a consortium of business, education, government, media, non-profit leaders and youth, The LEAGUE is open to every student and school nationwide. Joining The LEAGUE is simple – everything a school needs to get started is available at There, The LEAGUE provides step-by-step instructions on how to register, plan events, track points, reward team members and much more. It also provides access to more than 1,400 lessons on giving, service and civic engagement, state approved for use in K-12 classrooms nationwide.