Recognizing that community service helps promote responsibility and character in young people, TeamUp4Community partnered with Met-Rx and NBTY Helping Hands in the “Spring Into Action Sports Community Service Challenge,” an interactive contest that challenged our Long Island Athletes to compete in service projects this past Spring season. This challenge encouraged community service among student athletes between the ages of 6 and 24. Three prizes totaling $5,000 in sports grants were awarded throughout the months of May and June. “NBTY Helping Hands & Met-Rx are very proud to team up with the W20 Foundation in support of their Team Up 4 Community program. It’s an inspiring program that allows athletes to win in their local communities by taking action and volunteering to help those in need. “ Jim Flaherty Director NBTY Helping Hands
The interactive contest, which ran from March 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014, required participants to share a short video of their community service work or their team’s community service work. The top 10 videos with the highest number of votes was posted on the www.TeamUp4Community.org website for viewers to vote on. The voting took place in the beginning of May and winners were announced shortly after.
The video with the most votes won a $3,000 sports grant- Longwood Athletics; the second-most voted video, a $1,500 sports grant – Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School Athletes; and the third-most voted video, a $500 sports grant- Brentwood Student Athletes. For official contest rules go to www.TeamUp4Community.org
The “Spring Into Action Sports Community Service Challenge” successfully completed submissions totaling 12,605 hours of community service work performed by Long Island Athletes between March 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014. The value of their time served in the community is valued at over $91,386 given back in service.
Brentwood Student Athletes specifically teamed up in this challenge for a day to clean up Ross Park this past spring. Twenty Student (20) Athletes volunteered for Five (5) hours to clean up Ross Park in their local community. In Addition, Brentwood student athletes have completed close to 9,000 hours of community service work this year alone through their participation in two (2) of Team Up 4 Community’s Community Service Challenges. They were presented with the Presidents Call to Service Award that recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment and sustained example to inspire others to engage in volunteer service. This recognition inspires others to take positive action and make a difference.
Students athletes recorded and submitted their efforts to TU4C Long Island Community Service Challenges, two contests from Team Up for Community and NBTY Helping Hands during the 2013-2014 School Year that encouraged community service among LI student athletes and awards $5,000 in sports grants. The team’s efforts are posted on TU4C Website. https://www.teamup4community.org/users/brentwood-athletic-booster-club
Brentwood Athletes received the first highest number of votes for their work in the Holiday community service challenge, which awarded them with a $1,500 sports grant and the third highest number of votes for their work in the Spring community service challenge awarding them a $500 sports grant.
Retired New York Islander Hockey Player Steve Webb created project Team Up 4 Community through his W20 Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to promoting social responsibility and community giveback through athletics. By highlighting different types of community service, young athletes will learn life skills that in turn increase their self-confidence, promote responsibility and independence, and help build strong character. Community services performed by youth strengthens young peoples’ senses of civic engagement and community and helps them to achieve their educational, developmental and social goals.
“Similar to athletics, volunteering helps build character and self esteem in young people, while simultaneously helping make a difference in the lives of others,” said Steve Webb, Team Up 4 Community Founder and President.
Communities are the backbone of Long Island, and its neighborhoods, organizations, teams, schools and friends join together to collectively make a difference. TU4C builds and strengthens communities and individual characters by promoting social responsibility and community giveback.
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About the W20 Foundation
When the W20 Foundation started in 2007 by retired NY Islander Steve Webb, it began with a focused local vision to assist young student ice hockey players with partial educational scholarships. These scholarships were designed to bring forth the presence of new possibilities for the Long Island youth hockey community. Since then, the increasing number of youth participation in organized sports throughout North America has reached over 60 million. Taking this growing number into consideration, the foundation believes it is the right time for social responsibility to be introduced to youth, which will create a very positive effect on our communities. With the mission to promote social responsibility and community giveback through athletics in North America, the W20 Foundation launched Team Up 4 Community, an international community giveback project, in 2012.
About the NBTY Helping Hands
NBTY Helping Hands is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization initiated by NBTY, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of nutritional supplements worldwide.
For many years, NBTY has shared its success by supporting the local community through charitable contributions to worthy causes. With the formation of NBTY Helping Hands, they hope to make an even greater impact by providing much-needed funds to more people than ever before.
NBTY Helping Hands is the only charity to bear the NBTY name. It is run solely by their very own associates who volunteer their time to continue in the NBTY tradition of giving.
The executive committee of NBTY Helping Hands carefully reviews each potential contribution recipient, ensuring that your contributions are put to the best possible use.
NBTY Helping Hands raises the majority of its funds through the NBTY Golf Outing Classic.
Their hope is to help those less fortunate or may need financial assistance or may be suffering from illness, trauma, poverty, abuse, or abandonment. Our dream is to help as many as possible.