Howard Johnson's Give Happy Challenge Offers Schools Chance at $2,500

Howard Johnson's Give Happy Challenge Offers Schools Chance at $2,500 
PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 02/08/13 --  Students of Moon Valley
High School in Phoenix, Ariz., today helped tip-off the latest round
of Howard Johnson's Give Happy Challenge, becoming the first of four
schools throughout the country to win a $2,500 donation from the
iconic hotel chain in 2013. 
Amidst shouts and cheers of 1,400 peers, the challenge took place
this morning in the school's gymnasium and pitted 12 of the school's
top students against members of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters
in a series of six fun and wacky 60-second competitions. Among them:
rapidly pulling tissues out of two stationary boxes using both hands
and quickly fanning eggs with a pizza box to roll them across the
"As a brand, Howard Johnson has a long history of spreading happiness
and giving back in the communities where our hotels operate," said
Phil Harvey, vice president of operations for Howard Johnson and
event emcee. "Finding and recognizing those who embrace our values of
hard work, charity and leadership, is an important part of who we are
as a company. We had a lot of fun watching the students compete and I
think it's safe to say everyone else did as well." 
Howard Johnson chose Moon Valley to participate in this year's
challenge based on the good-will efforts of the students in the
community, including organizing annual blood and canned food drives
as well as participation in national programs like the Empty Bowls
project. Adding to the decision was the school's strong academic
performance, a fact underscored by the Glendale Union High School
District recently being named the Advanced Placement District of the
Year by the College Board. 
"Those of us who live in this community know that the students of
Moon Valley are an outstanding group of young adults," said Craig
Mussi, the school's principal. "We're ecstatic to have been given
this opportunity and on behalf of the school and the district, I
would like to personally thank Howard Johnson and the Harlem
Globetrotters for providing our students with such a positive and
memorable experience."  
In recognition of their high academic and athletic accomplishments,
students who competed in the challenge were hand-chosen by
school's administration to represent their fellow classmates. Each
received a free t-shirt identifying them as an official Howard
Johnson's Give Happy Challenge competitor along with free tickets to
one of two official Harlem Globetrotters performances taking place
tomorrow at the US Airways Center. Howard Johnson also donated an
additional 100 tickets to the school to be used as the school sees
Local families affiliated with Starlight Children's Foundation, the
signature charity of the Howard Johnson brand, were also invited to
partake in the day's festivities. Families were treated as VIP guests
during the event, receiving a private meet and greet with the Harlem
Globetrotters prior to the start of the challenge, free tickets to
Saturday's performance, custom t-shirts and more. 
The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their spectacular 2013 "You
Write the Rules" World Tour to US Airways Center in Phoenix on
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
About the Harlem Globetrotters
 The Original Harlem Globetrotters are
celebrating their 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a world
famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and
one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of
all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased
their iconic talents in 121 countries and territories on six
continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while
providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud
inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the
Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans -- among
them popes, kings, queens, and presidents -- over more than eight
thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the
Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise,
visit the Globetrotters' official website: 
About Howard Johnson
 Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Howard
Johnson(R) hotel brand is an iconic chain of nearly 450 hotels with
locations around the world, most of which offer an array of
complimentary amenities including free Wi-Fi and free Rise & Dine(R)
continental breakfast. Many properties also offer meeting and fitness
facilities, swimming pools and the opportunity to earn and redeem
points through Wyndham Rewards(R), the brand's guest loyalty program. 
Each Howard Johnson hotel is independently owned and operated under
franchise agreements with Howard Johnson International, a subsidiary
of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide
Corporation (NYSE: WYN). Reservations and information are available
by calling 1-800-221-5801 or by visiting Howard Johnson
is proud to be the official hotel sponsor of the Harlem
Globetrotters' 2013 North American Tour.  
Wyndham Hotel Group is the world's largest hotel company with nearly
7,260 hotels and approximately 618,100 rooms in 66 countries.
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