Santa Monica High School students and runners across the city will get a renovated running track at the campus thanks to a Hollywood charity that uses star power to get things done.
The renovated track – which will be dedicated Friday afternoon in the name of TV personality Maria Menounos, co-founder of Take Action Hollywood -- is part of the recent partnership between Nike and the LA84 Foundation that plans to build or refurbish 84 surfaces throughout Los Angeles to benefit young sports enthusiasts.
Take Action Hollywood’s mission is “to utilize the power of the entertainment industry as well as the medium of production to educate, empower and raise social awareness,” according to a statement from the organization.
Menounos, as well as surprise Nike athletes and local community partners will be on-hand to help dedicate the new track to the Santa Monica student body.
The dedication --which will take place at Samohi from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.-- will feature a live DJ, drumline performance, cheerleaders, a Reuse-A-Shoe drive and two relay races: one with SAMOHI students; the other with community members that utilize the track.
Santa Monica High School’s newly refurbished track incorporates Nike Grind, a material generated from the recycling of manufacturing scrap and worn-out athletic shoes through Nike’s corporate responsibility program, Reuse-a-Shoe.
Nike’s Let Me Play program is a signature community effort to expand the company’s commitment to sports and physical fitness for youth.The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation has invested $182 million in sports programs serving more than two million youth in the eight Southern California counties.
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