DIAMOND BAR, Calif.—Nexen Tire America Inc. partnered with Manchester City Football Club in England for a second consecutive year to help promote its global community initiative, Cityzens Giving.
In Los Angeles, the Cityzens Giving Healthy Goals program empowers young leaders to promote the importance of healthy living to youngsters across the city through the sport of soccer.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, Nexen Tire teamed up with the English Premiere League soccer team to provide on-site support for the program in Los Angeles. Nexen's support enabled Manchester City community coaches to return for a second year to provide training to 16 Young Leaders on a pitch that was first donated to East LA Rising by Manchester City and the UAE Embassy in 2011.
Through a combination of classroom and on-the-pitch workshops, the Young Leaders developed their leadership and life skills, practical planning and an understanding of how to use soccer as a tool to educate local youngsters on the benefits of exercise and nutrition, and to promote healthy lifestyle choices, the organizations said.
The Young Leaders then put their newly developed skills into action by planning and delivering a Thanksgiving football festival for more than 100 children from the local community on the final day.
In addition, Nexen has donated $1,500 toward holiday meals which were gifted to families from the program. Nexen has provided three sets of its NPriz AH8 Grand Touring All Season tires for use on transportation vans for East LA Rising.
Nexen Tire's participation in the Cityzens Giving program has helped empowered more than 40 Young Leaders who have in turn positively impacted the lives of 487 young people in Los Angeles using the universal language of soccer, the organizations said.
"Nexen Tire continues to prioritize more involvement in our local communities, and we're extremely proud to be an official supporter of the Cityzens Giving Healthy Goals program for a second consecutive year," said Megan Wentz, marketing manager for Nexen Tire. "We see the impact the program is making on young people and their families in Los Angeles and we're honored to help make a difference in their lives."