PHILADELPHIA, PA – Another sports playoff, another mayors’ bet! The Sabres may be leading the Flyers 1 – 0 in the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, but the friendly charity bet between Philadelphia Mayor Nutter and Buffalo Mayor Brown is still on. Both mayors promise to don the hat of the series winner while participating in their own city’s charity projects.
Mayor Nutter’s choice projects are “Let’s Read. Let’s Move.” (a nationwide United We Serve initiative) and the Salvation Army seniors lunch program. “I may not agree with Mayor Brown regarding who to root for in hockey,” Nutter stated, “but we are both committed to promoting community service in our cities.”
“Let’s Read. Let’s Move.” entails a 6-week summer challenge to combat childhood obesity and engage children in reading. Its web page offers 10 ways to get involved from reading to kids to clearing a walking trail. Many of the projects only require an hour or two.
Nutter announced, “Philadelphia will participate in President Obama’s ‘Let’s Read. Let’s Move.’ initiative that addresses two challenges all parents face during the summer: keeping their children’s bodies and minds active. I’m looking forward to wearing my Flyers hat and promoting physical activity this summer.” To learn more about participating in the initiative, visit www.serve.gov.
On the elderly front, the Salvation Army Philadelphia Citadel Corps Community Center in Northeast Philadelphia offers activities to seniors 3 days each week. Senior day starts before lunch at 9 a.m. with devotion and continues with table games, computer classes, aerobics, movies, bingo, dancing, or speakers.
“Our volunteers and staff truly love the seniors,” states Major Andrew Murray, commanding officer of the Salvation Army Citadel Corps Community Center. Mayor Nutter will see that for himself while helping with lunch and sporting the hat of the winning NHL team.
Keeping seniors active and meeting new people is a Salvation Army mission. Seniors utilize the services offered, but they also give back to the community by helping to sustain other Salvation Army programs. Because of them, 250 children attended Bible school last year. Learn more by clicking here.
As for Mayor Brown, he said, “I look forward to a great series between the Sabres and Flyers, and I believe it will be the beginning of a long successful playoff for our Sabres. And, I proudly look forward to serving our seniors wearing a Sabres hat.”
The Flyers have the chance to spoil Mayor Brown’s vision. The next faceoff in the NHL eastern quarterfinals is Saturday at 5 p.m. on their home ice. Mayor Nutter is rooting for the first of 4 Flyer wins, which would launch them to the conference semifinals. For more info: visit http://www.nhl.com/.
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