ANAHEIM, Calif., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On Saturday Mar. 24, State Senator Lou Correa (D-Orange County) and Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) joined representatives of the LA Galaxy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the American Chemistry Council to congratulate a local youth soccer team for their decisive win in the second annual Recycle. Goal. recycling competition. As part of their grand prize, the winning team, the Anaheim Impact Under-14 Boys, participated in a soccer clinic offered by the LA Galaxy.
Entering its third year, Recycle. Goal. challenges youth soccer players to increase their recycling efforts and rewards them for doing so. Other program prizes include gift cards and tickets to Galaxy games.
In 2011 members of the Anaheim Soccer Association’s Impact Boys Under-14 team triumphed over 24 other teams, recycling more than 13,000 pounds of materials in 9 weeks.
Collectively, 25 participating teams in the competition recycled more than 26,000 pounds of materials, including more than 2,600 pounds of plastics.
“This is an impressive accomplishment by these players, and it’s great to see them be rewarded for their recycling efforts,” Senator Correa said. “It’s encouraging when organizations like Keep California Beautiful, the LA Galaxy, American Chemistry Council and Dick’s Sporting Goods team up to provide opportunities for learning and development in our communities.”
“I am proud of these players and proud of programs like Recycle. Goal., which encourages our kids to recycle to help the environment,” Assemblymember Solorio said. “I congratulate the winners, the three other teams from Anaheim that participated and all the contestants across Southern California. We all win with programs like this.”
Former Galaxy star Clint Mathis and an LA Galaxy academy coach conducted the clinic, which consisted of basic drills and a scrimmage.
“The LA Galaxy are always proud to support programs like Recycle. Goal. and athletes like these,” Galaxy Vice President Chris Klein said. “The Impact may have won the grand prize, but all of us are the beneficiaries of their hard work in helping keep our communities clean.”
“All these players deserve our thanks for keeping recyclable materials of all kinds—plastics, paper and aluminum—out of the waste stream,” said Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council. “And, one of the best parts of the program is that these kids go on to educate their families and friends about recycling. It’s so rewarding to hear from the coaches and young athletes who’ve participated in the past and found it to be such a valuable experience. We look forward to another successful Recycle. Goal. competition in 2012.”
To learn more about Recycle. Goal., please visit 2valuable2waste.com.
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SOURCE American Chemistry Council