(Englewood, New Jersey-November 25, 2013) Recently, Benzel-Busch hosted a special event at bergenPAC to announce the Benzel-Busch Laureus Football Initiative benefiting Englewood’s youth.
The special event featured a street fair and concert with the internationally acclaimed band, Vintage Trouble, making their debut in New Jersey along with the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The Benzel-Busch Laureus Football Initiative is made possible through a partnership of Benzel-Busch and Laureus USA that harnesses the power of sport to promote social change and helps make a difference in the lives of youth through football. In the last three years alone, the work of Laureus USA and similar initiatives has changed the lives of some 90,000 kids.
Created and funded by Benzel-Busch through a two-year commitment and activated by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA and their national partners Up2Us’ Coach Across America, the program will provide support up to 200 3rd to 12th grade kids per year who want to play football but may not have the resources to take part in the popular sport. Benzel-Busch has a longstanding commitment to social responsibility within the community and President of Benzel-Busch, Joseph Agresta was proud to announce this latest initiative.
“Whenever we get opportunities to celebrate our success we look to leverage them for the benefit of our most important charitable initiatives,” Agresta explained. “The Englewood community has been supportive of our organization over the years so it gives us great pleasure to give something back to the children of our city.”
Students and coaches from Englewood’s undefeated Junior League and champions of the league as well as students from Dwight Morrow football team were in attendance and were given special acknowledgement on stage for a superb season. The students had the opportunity to meet Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle, Superintendent of schools, Donald Carlisle and pose for pictures with Vintage Trouble, the internationally successful group that has toured with some of the biggest names in music, including The Who, BonJovi, Lenny Kravitz and presently on tour in the U.S with Gov’t Mule.
Englewood has a long history of sports leadership and graduating extraordinary athletes. Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest football coach of all time, served as assistant and head coach at St. Cecilia High School and later went on to lead the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships, including victories in Super Bowl I and II. His ability to teach, motivate and inspire players helped turn the Packers into the most dominating NFL team in the 1960’s. Englewood High School Football Coach Barry Harris, who will serve as a program leader, is a former LA Raiders pro player himself and therefore understands how sports can change the lives and help youngsters reach their full potential.
Benzel-Busch Laureus Football Initiative will run after school during the academic year and during the summer months. Using athletics as motivation for excellence, this program will not only ensure that the participants are physically prepared for the challenges of high school football, but it will also teach key lessons about discipline, self-esteem, cooperation and hard work. Coupled with a well-rounded mentorship component, the Benzel-Busch Laureus Football Initiative is sure to have a lasting impact in participants’ lives.
“I am honored to be here in support of an initiative that I know will change so many lives,” Huttle echoed. “This initiative is truly the work of the community and I’d like to honor everyone involved in making it possible; from City Hall to Coach Barry Harris to the Superintendent of Public Schools, I am thankful for your hard work and look forward to seeing our kids excel both on and off of the field.”
If you are interested in making a donation and supporting the Benzel-Busch Laureus Football Initiative, please visit www.laureususa.com.
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About Laureus USA
Laureus Sport For Good Foundation USA (www.LaureusUSA.com) is a registered 501 (c) (3) public charity in the United States. It is part of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation global network, which includes the global Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Laureus World Sports Academy, and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Collectively, the Laureus global network harnesses the power of sport to promote social change and celebrate sporting excellence. Laureus champions the universal power of sport to bring people together as a force for good, pursuit of excellence, overcoming challenges, celebrating achievement, and winning against the odds.
About Vintage Trouble
Vintage Trouble (www.VintageTrouble.com) may originally be from Los Angeles however this band broke in Europe with their self-released debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions which became the #1 R&B and #2 Rock Album on Amazon UK earning Vintage Trouble touring spots with high profile artists The Who, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, The Cranberries and Joss Stone. Recently Vintage Trouble had the iTunes Rock Download of the week with their new single, “Pelvis Pusher,” along with praise from Ryan Seacrest, NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard and more.
From left to right: Englewood High School and Jr League Football Players at berenPAC with the band Vintage Trouble , Superintendent of Schools Donald Carlisle, Coach Garrison, Coach Hoyle, Matt Geschke of The Laureus Foundation Englewood High School and Jr League Football Players, Coach Barry Harris, Coach Evans, Benzel-Busch President Joseph Agresta and Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III, - at the launch of the new 2 year Football Program that will benefit 200 students in Englewood