Early last week, worldwide known athletic leader New Balance announced the call for the second annual Game Changer Award Contest. The contest entry submission deadline is on June 22 2014, and is open to all student athletes ages 15 and up legally residing in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. The contest is a scholarship program to recognize student baseball players who bring a bold unique level of compassion and dedication to baseball both on and off the field. One lucky winner will receive $10, 000 in scholarship funding to college and a bonus $2, 500 in new balance products to donate to a charity or organization of their choice.
In order to enter the contest properly, the participant must submit a written essay discussing his or her contributions and efforts to the game, their team, and to their community as well (while also adding real-life examples). Around June 25th, four finalists will be selected by New Balance with the help of team NB athletes: Nick Swisher, Dustin Pedroia and CJ Wilson. After chosen, the four finalists will document their achievements and contributions with a video camera to share with the world. Once their video is completed, it will be uploaded to www.NBGCAward.com, where the public will be encouraged to vote for the most deserving athlete to take home the prize. The winner will be announced on August 7th at the New Balance Area Code Games in California, a tournament that gathers top-notch players from all around the country. New Balance has sought out to change the game of baseball by only sponsoring the athletes who share the same philosophy as they do, that doing good off the field is just as important as doing good on the field.
For more information about the New Balance Game Changer Award contest, please visit www.NBGCAward.com, follow the New Balance Twitter account: https://twitter.com/NB_Baseball, and like the New Balance Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nbbaseball .
New Balance owners Jim and Anne Davis have proved to be very charitable in the past and continues to be today. In 1981 the two established the New Balance foundation (which uses the company’s profits) and partnered with:
- Boston Children’s Hospital, in order to create stronger, healthier, better communities with a focus on the prevention of childhood obesity.
- Playworks a non-profit organization that supports learning and creating a positive playing environment for children to stay physically active.
- ChopChop a fun cooking magazine for children, to encourage a healthy nutritious diet.
- Susan G. Komen for The Cure, in the fight to cure breast cancer all over the world.
Their associates and staff also have a philanthropic background with a history of volunteering great amounts of their time to more than 30 non-profit organizations. This company has an extremely strong need to help others around them, whether it’s one person, or a whole community; they lead an excellent example that other companies and brands should really be looking up to. Here are some photos of professional baseball players repping New Balance footwear on the field: