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CC Sabathia and the Yankees compete off the field in campaign to improve America's communities
07/23/2010 5:03 PM ET
Purchase, N.Y. -- The Yankees along with 14 clubs across Major League Baseball are asking fans to join them in making a difference in America's communities. As part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, each Club has outlined an idea it is passionate about and will vie for fan votes and an ultimate $200,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to fulfill the project. Fans have until Tuesday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, to cast their votes at or via text by typing the team name "YANKEES" to 76462 for the ideas they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

CC Sabathia and the Yankees are looking to assist with the efforts of Out2Play, which is dedicated to building and refurbishing playgrounds throughout the New York City public school system. Out2Play has built more than 80 playgrounds throughout the five boroughs since 2005, providing tens of thousands of New York City school children with safe, fun and developmentally beneficial playspaces where they can engage in physical activity. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has built 46 playgrounds in the Bronx alone, and would use the $200,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to build additional playgrounds at public schools throughout the five boroughs.

Prior to tonight's 7:05 p.m. Yankees-Royals game, Andrea Wenner, Executive Director of Out2Play, will participate in an on-field pre-game ceremony with Sabathia to launch the Yankees campaign and encourage fans to vote for the Yankees and Out2Play. In addition, the first 18,000 fans in attendance at tonight's game will receive a Yankees Insulated Can Cooler, courtesy of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

"The Pepsi Refresh Project is proud to provide the stage to showcase these inspiring team ideas from across the league," said Jeff Dubiel, Vice President of Pepsi Sports. "MLB fans are some of the most passionate in sports and we expect them to not only get behind their teams, but also see how easy it is to do good and be inspired to make a difference in their own communities."

The Pepsi Refresh Project is a groundbreaking effort to foster innovation in social good that will award more than $20 million this year to fund great ideas that help impact the world. Throughout 2010, Pepsi will fund ideas that will move the world forward in six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education. The Pepsi Refresh Project, which launched January 13, features significant social engagement around people and the power of ideas. People are encouraged to submit their ideas and to cast a vote for their favorite ideas at

About Pepsi
Pepsi is a product of PepsiCo Beverages Americas (PBA). In addition to the Pepsi trademark, the PBA portfolio includes the Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist and Mug trademarks in the carbonated soft drink category. PBA is a division of PepsiCo, Inc., which offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade - also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in more than 200 countries. With annualized revenues of nearly $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide. In recognition of its continued sustainability efforts, PepsiCo was named for the third time to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and for the fourth time to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) in 2009. For more information, please visit

About Out 2 Play
Out2Play, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building and refurbishing playgrounds throughout the New York City public school system. With more than half of New York City elementary schools lacking playground access, Out2Play is implementing a large-scale, city-wide program to give New York City school children this much needed resource. The program enhances the quality of life of these children and provides them with both health benefits and educational opportunities.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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