EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 5, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- USA Water Polo and Olympic Medalists and 2012 U.S. Olympic Water Polo players have joined forces with Jamba Juice®, a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, to help in the fight against childhood obesity. In support of the Jamba® Team Up for a Healthy America™ program, Olympic Medalists and 2012 U.S. Olympic Water Polo players Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club), Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC), Heather Petri (Orinda, CA/California/NYAC) and Kelly Rulon (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC) will take part in a water polo clinic for children from Los Angeles Unified School District on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
At this event, Jamba Juice will graciously donate water polo balls to 12 schools represented by each of the children attending the clinic. The clinic is in conjunction with a send-off for the U.S. Olympic Water Polo Teams taking place at the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles, California.
Jamba Juice launched the "Team Up for a Healthy America" program out of a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and to combat the obesity epidemic by showing America how pledging to make simple changes to eat more nutritious foods and become more physically active can lead to an overall improved lifestyle. People across the nation looking for ways to enhance their exercise and diet routines, can log onto http://www.myhealthpledge.com and sign up to participate in weekly health pledges, reinforcing the program's core message that small changes in daily habits can have big benefits to more healthful living. For every pledge received, Jamba Juice will make a $1 donation towards the purchase of athletic equipment for schools across the nation.
"Our goal with the 'Team Up for a Healthy America' campaign is to inspire everyone to want to lead healthier and more active lives," said Julie Washington, Chief Brand Officer, Jamba Juice Company. "USA Water Polo's partnership on this important program demonstrates their commitment to inspire our youth to get active and understand the importance of good nutrition and eating healthier."
"USA Water Polo is grateful for Jamba Juice's support of scholastic water polo programs here in Southern California," said Jennifer Rottenberg, Chief Marketing Officer, USA Water Polo. "We joined Jamba Juice last year during the inaugural launch of the 'Team Up' program and it is exciting to see the immediate impact of the program in the water polo community by being able to provide increased opportunities for deserving student-athlete water polo players to have access to better equipment."
Varellas, Moses, and Petri all won Silver Medals for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games, while Petri and Rulon won Bronze for Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games. All four helped Team USA qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games by winning a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan American Games last October in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ: JMBA) is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, teas, hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches and mini-wraps, California Flatbreads™, frozen yogurt, and a variety of baked goods and snacks. Jamba-branded products for at-home enjoyment are also available through select retailers across the nation and in Jamba outlets. As of April 3, 2012, there were 769 Jamba Juice store locations globally. Jamba is a proud sponsor of Team Up for a Healthy America™ in the fight against childhood obesity and encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active and involved at www.myhealthpledge.com. Fans of Jamba Juice can find out more about Jamba Juice's locations as well as specific offerings and promotions by visiting the Jamba Juice website at www.JambaJuice.com or by contacting Jamba's Guest Services team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).
USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport nationwide. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.
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