Sprite offers way to improve playgrounds

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 ATLANTA – Youth everywhere are already dreading the end of summer vacation.

Sprite is here to help students swing back into the school year with newly refurbished recreational spaces.

The Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools program is giving local schools across the country the opportunity to liven up areas on their campuses where students can play, stay fit and be refreshed all school year long.

The Sprite Spark Parks Project is a multi-year commitment to build and restore places where teens, families and communities can get outside and get active.

Through its work with teens and parents, Sprite will put more than $2 million into building or revamping a minimum of 150 outdoor spaces throughout the country in 2011.

These spaces include neighborhood parks, basketball courts, playgrounds and athletic fields.

Parents and community members can give their favorite school a chance to win one of 25 grants worth $25,000 by entering My Coke Rewards codes found on specially-marked Sprite packaging.

Codes can be submitted at www.mycokerewards.com/sprite through Sept. 30, giving people across the U.S. the opportunity to play a major role in ensuring that their schools have fun, clean and safe places to play for years to come.