On Sunday, June 28, the Green Sports Alliance launched their 2015 Summit in Chicago with a special Green Apple Day of Service project co-presented by Connor Sports with partners Chicago Public Schools, HOK, Skanska, Excel Dryer, USGBC-Illinois, and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.
“The Green Sports Alliance is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play,” said Scott Jenkins, Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium General Manager of AMB Sports & Entertainment Group. “We are excited to support the Center for Green Schools at USGBC’s Green Apple initiative and host local community school volunteer projects in association with our annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. We are striving to advance healthier, higher performing and more economical schools by leveraging the cultural influence of sports. “
Volunteers came together at Robert Healy Elementary School to provide upgrades to the schoolyard and school building façade. By the end of the day, the group of nearly 100 volunteers had built and planted raised bed gardens, painted a sports-themed mural, given fresh coats of paint to the school building exterior, and painted lines for a basketball court, two four-square courts, a hopscotch game and a football field.
“It was a long, full day, but all the hard work really paid off,” said Sara Hoversten, director of operations for the Green Sports Alliance. “We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish as a team in such a short period of time. We know the students and the local community will enjoy and make great use of the upgraded schoolyard.”