Second Round of $25,000 Grants Awarded to Help Teens Succeed in Sports

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Congrats to our second round Gear Up Grants winners! We are excited to announce the 10 winning teams:

• AL Stanback Girls Volleyball Team, Hillsborough, N.C.
• Club Olympia Judo, Fond du Lac, Wis.
• Crested Butte Junior Nordic Ski Team, Crested Butte, Colo.
• Grandview High School Swim Team, Columbus, Ohio
• Glades Day School Football Team, Belle Glade, Fla.
• La Porte Midget Cheer Team, LaPorte, Ind.
• Millennium High School Baseball Team, Tracy, Calif.
• Renaissance Magnet High School Weightlifting Program for Self-Esteem, Meridian, Idaho
• Rock Hill High School Boys Basketball Team, Catawba, S.C.
• Whitewater Alberta Slalom Canoe/Kayak Team, Calgary, Alberta

The 10 winning teams will each receive $2,500 in grant funds and each athlete on the team who needs corrective lenses will receive a one year supply of CooperVision contact lenses. Want to learn more about their winners? Click here to read their winning stories.

Sports offer more than just physical activity – they are a source of confidence and personal strength. With teen participation in sports increasing each year, we are proud to continue to support teens in their athletic ambition, while raising awareness of the importance of vision health. "CooperVision is excited to see the positive impact of both the grant money and contacts on our winning teams," said Dennis Murphy, president, the Americas. "We wish them the best."

We launched the second round of the Gear Up Grants program this past July as part of the Contact Sports initiative to help teens gear up for sports and teach them about the relationship between healthy vision and sports performance. To learn more about the Contact Sports program and the Gear Up Grants Round 1 and 2 winners, visit mycontactsports.com.

Congrats to all the Gear Up Grant 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!

September is Sports Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prevent Blindness America has recently declared September as Sports Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. When it comes to playing sports, children and teens with vision correction needs are often forced to make a decision that could potentially compromise their safety and athletic ability: do I take my glasses off for the game?

There are many options available that provide safe alternatives to removing glasses during athletic performance. For a list of recommendations for eye protection, please visit StarPupils.org, a site recently launched by Prevent Blindness America to educate parents on the importance of eye safety in sports. As always, please consult your eye care practitioner when determining the best option for you or your children.

When it comes to children's eye health and sports, the National Eye Institute reports some pretty eye-opening statistics: 43% of sports and recreational eye injuries occur in children under the age of 15. Also, a sports-related eye injury is treated in an emergency room in the United States every 13 minutes. To avoid being a statistic, remember to gear up with eye protection prior to participating in sports.

Our Contact Sports program also educates children, teens and parents about the importance of vision health, safety and convenience when it comes to sports. To learn more about contact lenses and sports, please visit mycontactsports.com.

 

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 mycontactsports.com.

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 mycontactsports.com.

Life is a contact sport, Gear Up!

New to Contact Lenses?

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Considering contacts? Or just getting used to wearing them? Either way, our teen dedicated website www.mycontactsports.com has tips and information to help you make the decision and support your contact lens needs. Download the Rookie Playbook which details both how to prepare for the contact lens decision (including tips for talking to your parents) and how to properly wear and care for them.

Contact lenses are an easy and comfortable option for correcting your eyesight when you’re on the go or just hanging with your friends. Concerned about the cost of contacts? Don’t be! Check out the annual comparison chart we’ve created to demonstrate the cost of contacts in terms of other purchases you’re likely to make. For example, if your lens of choice is a monthly silicone hydrogel product (like Biofinity) it will cost you about $15 a month, around the same price as going out to the movies. Plus, we offer money saving rebates on specific products.

Click here to hear from real teens who shared their contact lens story with us. Also hear from professional women’s soccer player and two time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly and BMX bike phenom and Dew Tour winner Daniel Dhers, two young athletes whose sports performance improved when they started wearing contacts. Do you have a contact lens story you want to share? Share your story by leaving a comment or posting on our Facebook wall!

Life is a contact sport – Gear Up!

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