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St. Anthony's Meek and Mighty Triathlon Sponsor Gives Bikes To Academy Prep Students

Bank of America Gives New Bikes To All 78 Students



ST PETERSBURG, (April 27, 2011) - On Friday, April 29, all 78 students of Academy Prep in St. Petersburg will gather at the 2301 22nd Ave. S. campus pavilion for a unique event.  As their parents were notified earlier in the week, each student will be given a brand new bike courtesy of Bank of America.  Every child who attends the school will also be provided with a helmet and a bike lock. Those unable to be present, will receive their bike at a later date. The gift is being made by Bank of America in Tampa Bay to coincide with the third year of its support of the St. Anthony's Meek and Mighty Triathlon, in support of healthy lifestyles for children. The 2 p.m. ceremony is expected to be attended by City Council Representative Wengay Newton, as well as representatives from St. Anthony's, Academy Prep faculty, and 30 Bank of America volunteers.


"Bank of America is pleased to honor the commitment made by the families of the Academy Prep students to enrich their children's lives through education.  Studies show that healthy bodies lead to healthy minds.  Just as athletes cross the finish line at St Anthony's Meek and Mighty, Academy Prep is helping these students cross the educational finish line," commented Bill Goede, Bank of America Tampa Bay market president.


"At Academy Prep we live by our motto, Together we are transforming our communities.... one child at a time. We are honored to be the recipient of this generous bike giveaway sponsored by Bank of America.  Because of this partnership, maintaining healthy exercise habits will be fun and rewarding for our students," stated Leanne Bayne, Acting Head of School.   


"Given our 80-year history of our commitment to improving the health of the community, we are delighted that Bank of America has chosen to help children take an active step in living a healthy lifestyle," said William Ulbricht, president of St. Anthony's Hospital, which produces the St. Anthony's Meek and Mighty and the St. Anthony's Triathlon. "Helping young people live a healthy lifestyle is the best way to help them become healthy adults and this is what the Meek and Mighty Triathlon is all about."


The Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg is a private, non-profit middle school serving students who qualify for need-based scholarships.  Every student attends on a $15,000 annual scholarship.  Established in 1997 in south St. Petersburg, with a second school established in 2003 in Tampa, the school changes the lives of these students and their communities.  Coming from neighborhoods where less than 29% of adults hold a high school diploma, 100% of Academy Prep alumni who are high school seniors will receive a diploma in 2011.  Students attend school 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, 11 months a year.  The demanding curriculum offers a full range of academic classes and daily enrichment activities. 


Understanding that students cannot break the cycle of poverty without a college degree, the ultimate goal of Academy Prep is to see them graduate from college.  A high-quality education, along with eight years of Graduate Support Services and life mentoring, ensure that our students will succeed.


About St. Anthony's Meek and Mighty -


St. Anthony's Meek and Mighty Triathlon, produced by St. Anthony's Hospital, is sponsored by Bank of America and is for children and novice adults. The Meek and Mighty is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 7:30am and is held at the North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive in St. Petersburg. Registration for the Meek and Mighty is closed, but for more information or to volunteer, please call (727) 953-9005 or log on to www.SATriathlon.com. The Meek and Mighty is part of St. Anthony's Triathlon weekend which includes the St. Anthony's International Distance Triathlon on Sunday, May 1, now part of World Triathlon Corporation's (WTC) new 5150 Triathlon Series, and the St. Anthony's Sports and Fitness Expo, Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. 


Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy -










Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, Bank of America is delivering on a 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $200 million in 2010, making the bank one of the largest corporate cash donors in the United States. As a global company doing business in more than 150 countries, Bank of America approaches investing through a national strategy under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, bank associate volunteers contributed more than one million hours in 2010 to enhance the quality of life in their communities worldwide. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation.



 


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