PPG donates $15,000 to Academics in Motion through Steelers partnership
Supports development coaching for student-athletes in underserved communities
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 7, 2014 –
The PPG Industries Foundation has partnered with the Pittsburgh Steelers to make the national Academics in Motion program available to student-athletes in two Greater Pittsburgh-area high schools – Steel Valley and Aliquippa. Here, Sue Sloan (left), executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation, presents a $15,000 check to Taunya Tinsley, regional coordinator for Academics in Motion, prior to kickoff of the Nov. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Detroit Lions. Academics in Motion uses sport as a vehicle to improve the academic, career and personal development of students from economically disadvantaged communities. (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers)
The PPG Industries Foundation, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has donated $15,000 to Academics in Motion (AIM) to make this national program available in two Pittsburgh-area high schools – Steel Valley and Aliquippa. AIM operates in underserved communities across the country to address academic performance and personal development of students while encouraging them to use their passion for athletics as a vehicle to embrace values that lead to on- and off-the-field success.
“PPG is a strong supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the academic interests of area high school students,” said Taunya Tinsley, regional coordinator for Academics in Motion. “We’re excited to partner with them to help impact the academic and athletic achievement of students in these two schools.”
PPG has supported the Steelers across various educational initiatives since 2006. Funding the AIM program provides student-athletes at Steel Valley and Aliquippa high schools an opportunity to work with a youth development coach (YDC) who helps address academic, career, social and emotional needs through the school year. Each school’s YDC provides one-on-one counseling, tutoring, life skills instruction and SAT/ACT preparation in addition to community service, college selection and other guidance to help improve students’ grade point average, graduation rates and athletic eligibility.
“PPG is pleased to help provide hard-working student-athletes in the Greater Pittsburgh community with much needed academic resources and support,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “Helping enhance the quality of life in communities where we operate is a hallmark of PPG Industries, and helping develop tomorrow’s workers and leaders through programs like AIM benefits both the region and companies such as ours that do business here.”
Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees’ volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.
About Academics in Motion
Academics in Motion (AIM) uses sport as a vehicle to improve the academic, career and personal development of students from economically disadvantaged communities. The program places a youth development coach in local high schools to work with student-athletes to improve grade point average and college readiness and increase graduation rates, SAT/ACT test participation, parental involvement and the number of students going on to college.
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