Schools from across the San Francisco Bay Area are teaming with the NFL, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and Verizon to put books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children in need. For the past 16 years, the Super Kids-Super Sharing initiative has positively impacted underserved children in Super Bowl host communities.
Super Kids-Super Sharing provides local students an opportunity to be involved in the Super Bowl excitement by donating items. The program promotes NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign, by sharing sports equipment among children in the community.
Local schools are encouraged to join in the Super Bowl community initiative. Participating schools will ask their students to gather gently used or new books, sports equipment and school supplies and place items in collection boxes at school. Most school collections will begin in early January.
Two Super Kids-Super Sharing collection events will be held for participants before Super Bowl. The first event will take place at Santa Clara University on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 with representatives from the 49ers on hand to greet and thank the students. The second will be at Alameda Point Gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 with representatives from the Raiders.
Coordinators and several students from each participating school will bring donated items to the collection event closest to them. Items will be sorted, then shared with pre-selected local schools in need and other organizations that work with underserved children.
As part of Super Kids-Super Sharing, used cell phones and equipment will also be collected for Verizon’s HopeLine® program. HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turns them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, Verizon has donated more than 190,000 phones with voice and text service and awarded $29 million in cash grants to partner agencies.
Any public and private school is welcome to take part in Super Kids-Super Sharing. The NFL provides posters, flyer templates, instructions and other materials to make this project easy to implement. Individual schools may register by emailing the name of their school, address and contact information to Susan.Groh@NFLenvironment.com Interested schools should register at their earliest opportunity.
Super Kids-Super Sharing is one of several projects created by the NFL to respond to the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and to leave a positive, “green” legacy in the host communities. Tens of thousands of pounds of unserved prepared food from Super Bowl events will be distributed to local shelters and community kitchens. Solid waste from Super Bowl events will be recycled and leftover décor and construction materials will be donated to local organizations for reuse and repurposing. A number of tree planting projects are being developed to help create additional green space in local communities, and Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, the site of Super Bowl 50, and several other major NFL Super Bowl event venues will be powered using “green energy” to reduce the climate impact of Super Bowl events.
These environmental projects are part of a large number of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community.