GMC and NFL Help Community, Finish Monday Night Football Tour
GMC worked with the NFL on its second annual Monday Night Football Tour. More than 300 volunteers helped build new playgrounds in NFL cities. This is part of United Way's nationwide effort to get 1.9 million more kids active and healthy by 2018.
The playgrounds were completed in Dallas, Tampa Bay, Detroit, New York City, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle. Volunteers included NFL players like Detroit Lions' tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who put in more than 1000 hours of labor. GMC provided some examples of the work achieved there: a grade school in Kansas City, Missouri received a playground the school had never had, and the school was built 25 years ago. A new playground in New York gave young children a place to play at a school that previously only had equipment for older students. The United Way Healthy Kids Zones -- Driven by GMC offered thousands of children the opportunity to climb, build upper body strength, promote balance and agility, and develop strength and endurance. The playground equipment was paid for by GMC and supplied by GameTime. It's designed to help children develop active, healthy bodies, as well as personal and social skills. This can help fight childhood obesity.
Other events on the tour included a chance for fans to test their football skills against the pros for the chance to win Monday Night Football game tickets, NFLshop.com gift cards, and signed memorabilia. They could also meet current and former NFL players, including Deion Sanders and New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, and ESPN Monday Night Football announcer Mike Tirico also participated. There was also a chance to drive GMC vehicles, and 11,485 men and women in the nine cities test drove the GMC Acadia, Sierra, Terrain, and Yukon.