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Boosterthon Fun Run Goes International With

"Operation Playground"

Boosterthon Invests $100,000 to Build Playgrounds for Students in Guatemala; Team Members Travel to Guatemala This Summer to Serve Local Communities


ATLANTA—May 30, 2012— The Boosterthon Fun Run team is extending its impact to students in Guatemala this summer. Its team members can typically be found in classrooms across the U.S. teaching elementary students about fitness, leadership and character while raising funds for schools. This summer, the Boosterthon team carries out one of their character initiatives they taught students all year long – the value of Play.

As part of an overall theme, Play is the "P" found in the acronym EPIC Adventure. The remaining letters stand for Encourage, Invite and Celebrate, instilling in today's youth the value of teamwork and how to treat others. Play teaches the value of fitness, getting outside and staying active. It also points to how well students play with one another – realizing that it takes a team to win ... in life as in sports.

When school lets out each summer, the Boosterthon team participates in a service project and gives back to a community in need. This year's project, deemed "Operation Playground," will provide safe and state-of-the-art playgrounds for communities in Guatemala that do not have a playground. Boosterthon will send 30 of its more than 150 team members to assemble playgrounds at three schools, host a sports camp and serve local communities.

"Our mission as an organization is to 'Change The World,'" said Chris Carneal, Boosterthon founder and president. "We have the opportunity to make an impact in the communities we serve and change the world with every interaction, one student and one leader at a time."

Students in the U.S. who participate in the Boosterthon program during the school year gather pledges for each lap they run in the culminating Boosterthon Fun Run event to help their schools. But what they gain by way of character is arguably more valuable than the fitness event. Students not only learn the value of giving to others, but they watch the Boosterthon team model the way.

In all, Boosterthon is investing $100,000 towards Operation Playground. The give-back trip will take place on June 11-15. To ensure top safety standards, the playgrounds will be built in the U.S. and shipped to local communities in Guatemala for assembly. Boosterthon has partnered with Playland, Inc., based in Carrollton, Ga., to build the playgrounds.

"We believe we can bring a level of joy to students who have never seen a playground before," said Tyler Yaken, director of Operation Playground for Boosterthon. "Students can enjoy the playground for years to come, which enables us to have a lasting impact."

About Boosterthon
The Boosterthon Fun Run is a 9-day experience for elementary students that promotes fitness, leadership and character while raising funds for schools. For more information, visit http://boosterthon.com.

For More Information, Contact:
Brittany Thoms, See.Spark.Go, 678-409-8140
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