Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Wins Samsung Annual Climate Superstars Challenge

12/11/17

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered again for the 3rd annual Climate Superstars Challenge. The environmental contest is designed to ignite science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interest among kids and teens and encourage them to raise awareness about climate change. After completing varying sustainability activities from September 18 to November 5, Club members at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield in Westfield, MA were selected as the grand prize winner of this year’s Samsung Climate Superstars Challenge.

A celebration event was held at the Club to reveal a $10,000 technology makeover to Club members and reward them for their outstanding efforts to increase awareness about climate change within their community. In addition, Samsung awarded $3,000 towards a charity of their choice, benefiting the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund via the Westfield Spanish American Association. Representatives from Samsung and Boys & Girls Clubs of America joined local Club executives in congratulating the winning participants.

“We are so grateful to Samsung for this incredible opportunity,” said Darryll Roberts, Education Director/Torch Club Advisor, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. “This challenge really gave the kids experiences in conservation, taught them a lot about the environment and the world around them, and made them feel more a part of their global community.”

The Climate Superstars Challenge is the first challenge of its kind that aims to motivate young people to do their part by taking action to help protect the environment. As a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s strategy to ensure all members graduate from high school STEM ready, the Climate Superstars Challenge works to engage and educate youths ages 11 – 13 in various activities that helps to teach them how their actions can enact positive change in their environment.

“Throughout this challenge we’ve seen these kids being active in their communities and gaining a better understanding of the importance of environmental responsibility and what it means to be good global citizens,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “It’s been a great teaching tool for kids, allowing them to see firsthand the effect that each individual has on impacting the environment.”

The contest required club members to complete tasks centered on core themes such as improving energy-efficiency, conserving water and reducing waste, including identifying energy efficient ENERGY STAR products, planting trees, recycling electronics, and more. Results were captured via an online gaming platform specifically designed for the contest and students were awarded with Samsung products for their outstanding efforts throughout the course of the contest.

For event images and footage from the Samsung Climate Superstars grand prize celebration, visit https://news.samsung.com/us/.

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About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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