In 2011, the Grizz made the short list for the Beyond Sports Award, which recognizes pro teams in all sports that contribute to their communities. In July 2012, the franchise topped that list, as Team of the Year. That’s an international recognition, by the way. Those things, along with wins on the court & an affordable & exciting fan experience earned the team the #5 spot on ESPN’s Ultimate Franchise award.
There’s a reason, why the team is consistently recognized as a force for good in the City of Memphis. And Healthy Home Court is one reason why. The program, which encourages an active lifestyle and a healthy diet, tips off it’s 2012-13 partnership with Memphis City Schools tomorrow morning. From Grizzlies.com:
Memphis, Tennessee – The Memphis Grizzlies, in partnership with Memphis City Schools, are tipping-off the school year with Healthy Home Court Breakfast Breaks at Mitchell High School (658 W. Mitchell Rd.) Thursday, September 13 from 7-9 a.m. Media is invited to attend.
Healthy Home Court Breakfast Breaks encourages students to start each day with a healthy breakfast. During the assembly the Grizzlies and Memphis City Schools will introduce the new Grizzlies branded breakfast packages (see attachment), a nutritious grab and go package that includes cereal, milk and a snack. As an added incentive, each branded Breakfast Breaks package can be redeemed at the FedExForum Box Office for a free kids ticket with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket to select games, based upon availability.
The Breakfast Breaks packs at the assembly will be distributed by Grizz, the Grizz Girls, and Grizzlies Strength and Conditioning Coach Kelly Lambert. Throughout the rest of the school year, Breakfast Breaks will be distributed to all Memphis City School students. Memphis City Schools is the largest school district in Tennessee servicing over 100,000 students.
During the breakfast assembly, Coach Lambert will speak to the students about eating a healthy breakfast and exercise. The Grizz Girls will lead the students in a fitness activity as seen in Beyonce’s ‘Let’s Move!’ video. Memphis City Schools will host a demonstration of how to prepare a fresh fruit smoothie and will hand out samples to the youth. Tony Geraci, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services for Memphis City Schools, will recognize and reward students who have consistently eaten breakfast.
Healthy Home Court aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people in the Mid-South to make healthy food choices and exercise regularly. This unique program has two main points of emphasis: To encourage high school students to eat a healthy breakfast and to encourage families to be active together to promote physical fitness.
We expect that the Boys in Blue will give us something to be proud of on the court in a couple of months. But it is awesome that the franchise is among the very best in the world at giving back to its community. That is something to be proud of as well!