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A Chance to Help Local Students

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Let’s Play, an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group that provides kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority by building and improving playgrounds and donating sports equipment to groups in need. Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.

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When my kids come home from school they often tell me their favorite part of their day is either gym or recess because they got to play soccer, kickball, wallball, roller-skate, etc. Wasn’t that your favorite part of the day, too?? Kickball was my favorite. Somehow (not from me!) my kids have an endless amount of energy and this playtime is something they crave and they need.

As I was scrolling through one of my Facebook groups, I saw a post that caught my eye. A school teacher at a middle school was asking for donations of athletic balls because the kids were playing with flat ones and the school didn’t have the budget to replace them. Have I been so oblivious to the fact that there are many schools that just don’t have the funds for things that we take for granted?

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is currently running a contest through its Let’s Play initiative, High School Makeover Challenge, where high schools across the U.S. entered by making a video answering “Because of Sports…” While the submission period has ended and 20 schools have already been chosen, you have the opportunity to vote for the top 10 submissions. The top voted school will win $100,000 in brand-new athletic equipment. Think of what that would bring to the kids! You have the power to help a local school. In the case of my Seattle readers, our very own Rainier High School is in the running.

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Voting starts Sept. 8th at 12 p.m. EST – Sept. 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST and the winner will be announced the on Sept. 25. If you would to vote or share on Facebook, go to:

We can make a difference in these kids’ physical education. Share with your local friends so we can help our fellow Seattle-ites and follow along using the hashtag #LetsPlayHSMakeover!