LOS ANGELES – June 28, 2016 – Today, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) for $50,000 as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts.
After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive after-school programs to help students succeed in school and in life. ASAS serves primarily middle-school age students of color every day during the hours of 3-6pm. Through the grant from Target Corporation, ASAS will bolster sports and fitness as well as healthy lifestyle programming in the New York and Newark chapters, impacting about 700 students. Students will have the opportunity to engage in sports and active play, learn how to prepare healthy meals, and learn how to make healthy choices and share those with their families and communities.
“ASAS is committed to helping our kids succeed in all aspects of their lives and that begins with empowering them to make healthy decisions. Many of our students face a variety of obstacles in maintaining their personal well-being, ranging from a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables to a dearth of safe outdoor spaces for active play. Thanks to our partnership with Target, we will be able to remove some of those barriers and provide our students with a brighter, healthier future. We are deeply grateful for their partnership with us,” said Ben Paul, CEO and President of After-School All-Stars.
“At Target, we are committed to helping make wellness a way of life for our team members, guests and communities,” said Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “That’s why we are excited to partner with an impressive array of organizations who are already doing such important work to make an impact in the wellness space. Together, we will help remove barriers to wellness in our communities, working to increase the consumption of nutrient-dense food and physical activity of kids and families across the country.”
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities. Target also is partnering closely with local leaders and organizations in communities around the country who are experts in youth wellness and actively working to close the wellness gap for children. These efforts are part of Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week.
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992 by Arnold Schwarzenegger, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. More than 70,000 children from 17 U.S. regions benefit: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, South Florida, Tampa, Toledo and Washington, D.C., and, beginning in 2017, San Francisco Bay Area and Puget Sound. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.
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