Grant Money to Fund Sports Needs for Teens Across the Country

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Earlier this year, we launched the Contact Sports program to educate young athletes, parents and coaches about the importance of eye health in relation to sports. As part of the program, we kicked off the Gear Up Grants Contest, a contest in which teen athletes could submit a video or photo and a story explaining why their team deserved the grant to help fund a sports-related need. The Round 1 Gear Up Grants recipients were announced in September - 10 teams from across the country received grants of $2,500 each as well as a year supply of contact lenses for each team member with vision correction needs.

The Round 1 recipients are utilizing their grant money to fund practices and help support the cost of new uniforms, among other things. One of the recipients, the Victor Central School District's Marching Blue Devils band (NY) will use their $2,500 grant to help fund practices for their 115 student band, as well as offset the cost of their students' participation in one of three indoor performance ensembles this winter. The Kahuku High School Girls Volleyball team in Kahuku, Hawaii plan to use their $2,500 grant to purchase new volleyball equipment, as the majority of what they use currently is donated from other schools. To read more about these two teams and the rest of our Round 1 Winners, please visit our website. Stay tuned for the announcement of our Round 2 Gear Up Grants Winners!

Round 2 Gear Up Grants Finalists Announced

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congratulations to the top 20 finalists for Round 2 of our Gear Up Grants giveaway! Check out their stories and decide which team or athlete you think most deserves to win a $2,500 grant. You can vote once per day until November 15th, and with each vote, you're automatically entered in a sweepstakes to win free CooperVision contacts! Ready, set, vote!

Congratulations to Our First Round Gear Up Grant Winners!

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, October 4, 2010

As part of our Contact Sports initiative to educate and promote the importance of eye health, we recently awarded $25,000 in grants to help teen athletes succeed in sports. Athletes on the winning teams who need corrective lenses were also awarded a year supply of contact lenses. Congratulations to our ten winning teams!

  • Lake High School Volleyball Team, Toledo, Ohio
  • Dryden High School Varsity Girls Swim Team, Dryden, N.Y.
  • Illinois Valley High School Soccer Team, Selma, Ore.
  • Woodstream Christian Academy Varsity Basketball Teams, Bowie, Md.
  • Victor Senior High School Blue Devils Marching Band, Victor, N.Y.
  • Manvel High School Girls Soccer Team, Manvel, Texas
  • Orlando Thunder Water Polo Club, Orlando, Fla.
  • Grover Cleveland High School Boys Soccer Team, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Blue Wave Aquatics Swim Club, Elkhart, Ind.
  • Kahuku High School Girls Volleyball Team, Kahuku, Hawaii

Visit our teen dedicated website to read their stories. Good luck this season to our grant winners!

Gear Up for Our Second Round of Grants Giveaways

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Voting for the first round of Gear Up Grants is now officially closed. We will announce the ten winners later this month. Thank you to everyone who submitted a grant and to everyone who voted - we're looking forward to announcing and awarding the winners!

As a reminder, the second round of Gear Up Grants is well underway - we are giving away 10 more $2,500 grants! What gear would you get if you had an extra $2,500? Does your team need new uniforms or travel funds for the next big tournament? Do you need new equipment? Tell us your story! We are accepting submissions for Round 2 from now until September 30th, so submit your story of why you deserve the gear along with a photo or video of you and/or your team. For more information, including the official rules and regulations of Gear Up Grants, check out

Check out this video from Venezulean BMX star and CooperVision Teen Spokesperson Daniel Dhers and learn how you can win a Gear Up Grant. Buena Suerte!

Gear Up with Daniel Dhers

Vote for Your Favorite Story & Enter to Win a Year's Supply of Contacts

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The voting is now open - we recently announced the top 30 finalists for our Gear Up Grants $25,000 giveaway! Cast your vote for your favorite story - which team or athlete do you think deserves the $2,500 grant? You can vote once a day until September 6th, and with each vote, you're automatically entered to win a year's supply of free CooperVision contact lenses. Vote today!

Did you miss the deadline to submit your story? We're now accepting submissions for Round 2 - we will be giving away 10 more $2,500 grants to teens across the country - for more information and to submit your story, visit

Life is a contact sport, Gear Up!

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