Mark Sanchez Works to Get Donations for Healthy Living

PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 23: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23 2011 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Mark Sanchez is working with Sam's Club to bring donations to encourage healthy lifestyles. He needs your vote, though. Read the release below:

Football star Mark Sanchez has teamed up with Sam’s Club to tackle prevalent health issues for its 2011 Giving Made Simple campaign, where members and associates help determine a portion of the company’s charitable donations. The lauded quarterback is helping to raise awareness of such matters as childhood obesity and access to prevention programs in an effort to help change consumer behaviors and drive donations to programs striving to make a difference in people of all ages.


Based on members’ and associates’ votes, Sam’s Club will donate up to $2 million to the participating nonprofit organizations. Voting is open at and on now through August 1, 2011. For every member and associate vote cast, Sam’s Club will donate $5 to the chosen cause. Each nonprofit organization will receive a minimum of $50,000 and could receive up to $500,000 apiece. Non members may vote via Twitter July 12 and July 26 at which time the participating organizations will receive a vote for every tweet and retweet that includes @samsclub and their organization’s specific hashtag.


"As a professional athlete, I know how important it is to take care of my body and stay healthy," said Sanchez. "Unfortunately, not all communities have the resources that families need to live healthy lifestyles. Through Sam's Club Giving Made Simple, we can all support organizations that promote healthy living in our communities with just a simple click of the mouse."


Every Vote Counts

The following nonprofit organizations are participating in Giving Made Simple this year and expect to achieve these impacts, provided they get the maximum votes to receive a $500,000 donation from Sam’s Club.

·         Alliance for a Healthier Generation will transform more than 1,600 schools into healthier places where physical activity and healthy eating options are available before, during and after school.

·         OASIS will engage more than 50,000 people nationwide who are age 50+ in active lifestyles to keep them healthy and well.

·         Sesame Street will help establish healthy habits, including oral preventive care practices, in nearly one million parents and at-risk children.

·         The Y will mobilize communities to ensure that healthy food options, safe places for physical activity, and effective chronic disease prevention programs are accessible to all.


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