Astellas USA Foundation Partners With The Cove School To Enhance Health And Fitness For Students With Disabilities

 Astellas USA Foundation Partners With The Cove School To Enhance Health And
                    Fitness For Students With Disabilities

PR Newswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 8, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 10, 2013, The Cove
School in Northbrook, which serves children with learning disabilities from 60
school districts throughout the Chicagoland area, and Astellas USA Foundation
will host a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. to celebrate a new track and field that
was funded with a grant from the Astellas USA Foundation. 

The new athletic field is located directly behind The Cove School building and
has transformed a rocky, unusable preexisting field into an exciting outdoor
activity area. The Astellas USA Foundation approved a grant last September to
fund the field, which includes an underground irrigation system, rubberized
running track and half-sized soccer field. A second grant was approved this
spring to enhance the field with a baseball backstop, bleachers and outdoor
pavilion. Construction for the second phase will begin in fall 2013.

"At Cove, we see firsthand that students have better concentration, attention
span and overall performance when they obtain a consistent exercise regimen.
Yet, access to an effective fitness program is a constant challenge for many
of our students and their families," Dr. Sally Sover, Executive Director of
The Cove School remarked. "The new track and field will enable our students to
participate in a wide range of outdoor activities which would not be possible
without this important addition. We are grateful to the Astellas USA
Foundation for making a difference in the health and well-being of our
students."

"Astellas has a longstanding commitment to education, health and wellness,
which is why we're thrilled to be partnering with The Cove School to provide a
place for the kids to exercise and play outside," said Collette Taylor,
president of the Astellas USA Foundation.

Cove Summer School students, teachers, administrators, members of the Board of
Trustees, as well as representatives from the Astellas USA Foundation will be
present on July 10^th to cut the ribbon and celebrate the official opening of
the new track and field. Media is invited to attend the event.

About Astellas USA Foundation
The Astellas USA Foundation is a private Foundation that awards cash grants to
support philanthropic initiatives that are aligned with Astellas' business
strategy. Astellas Pharma Inc., located in Tokyo, Japan, is a pharmaceutical
company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through
the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceuticals. For more information
about Astellas USA Foundation, please visit the foundation's website at
http://www.astellasusafoundation.org. 

About Cove
The Cove School is a private K-12 day school located in Northbrook, Illinois
that educates students with learning disabilities from districts throughout
the entire Chicagoland area. Cove provides a vital service to all public
schools challenged with finding the appropriate educational setting for
students to meet their complex learning needs. Cove was founded in 1947 and
provides children from diverse backgrounds with an individualized educational
experience in a safe and respectful environment. Cove's approach to learning
creates an environment for students to build the self-confidence necessary to
make a successful transition to their community schools, or to make
post-secondary choices.

SOURCE Astellas USA Foundation

Website: http://www.astellasusafoundation.org
Contact: Alexandra Argentar, Director of Development, The Cove School,
+1-847-562-2100, ext. 2104, aargentar@coveschool.org; or Jenny Kite, Corporate
Communications, Astellas USA Foundation, +1-224-205-5405,
jenny.kite@astellas.com
 
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