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  Attentionnnnnnnn! Families, Communities and Veterans – Get Active!

   The Coca-Cola Foundation Jumpstarts Active Living Programs With $7.9M in

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- June 26, 2013

School is out and the summer is here but there is still more work to be done!
Organizations across North America are working to get their communities fit
and Coca-Cola is bringing in the troops for reinforcement.

The Coca-Cola Foundation will award more than $16M in U.S. grants this quarter
with almost $8M directed to fitness programs.

One such program is Coca-Cola Troops For Fitness. Last year, Coca-Cola Troops
for Fitness was piloted as a part of the Chicago Park District Park Families
Wellness Initiative. Through a 3-year $3M grant, the National Recreation and
Parks Association (NRPA) will implement the military-inspired fitness bootcamp
at local NRPA agencies. The program will increase community participation in
fitness activities and awareness of park and recreation agencies in a fun,
military-inspired way. The program will also provide employment opportunities
by hiring veterans to instruct the fitness program.

A $1.5M grant to Catholic Charities Community Services will provide online
fitness tools and a nutritionist to educate 26,000 coaches and participants in
neighborhoods throughout New York. In partnership with the Mayor’s Fitness
Council, a $1.2 million grant to the San Antonio Sports Foundation will
provide mobile fitness and health resources throughout the city.

“Coca-Cola is committed to the health of our communities because of one simple
fact – our success depends upon the strength of those communities,” said Lori
George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North
America Group. “Through programs like Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness, we
leverage the strength of community leaders and veterans and empower them to
serve as wellness leaders too.”

Other organizations receiving active, healthy living funding include:

  *American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, $90,000
  *AmeriHealth Mercy, Philadelphia, PA, $25,000
  *Girls, Inc., New York City, NY, $100,000
  *Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles, CA, $25,000
  *National 4-H Council, Chevy Chase, MD, $250,000
  *Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia, PA, $25,000
  *San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio, TX, $300,000
  *Team Mates, Omaha, NE, $25,000
  *YMCA of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, $25,000

These programs will get people moving, supporting The Coca-Cola Company’s goal
to inspire 3 million people to get active this summer. The Company’s “Get the
Ball Rolling” pledge will make activities and sports gear available to
millions across America all summer long. Coca-Cola will provide soccer balls
and activity trackers through its Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper and as well as major events across the country.

Other first quarter grants made by the Foundation address additional community
needs. More than $3.8M to support education programs will provide scholarships
for students who are first in their families to attend college. Through these
grants, institutions like Tuskegee College, Albany State and University of
Connecticut will have resources to support these trailblazing students.

In addition, $4.5M will support economic development initiatives, water
stewardship, and other diversity and inclusion initiatives.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500
million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water
stewardship, community recycling, active healthy living, and education. For
more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company,
refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by
Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features
16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero,
vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally,
we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and
juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution
system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of
more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building
sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our
environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe,
inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic
development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling
partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than
700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey  at, follow us on Twitter at or
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Katelyn Jackson, 404-676-2034
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