Today, the New York Mets and Pepsi announced that outfielder Jeff Francoeur will serve as the spokesman for City Year New York’s “Home Room Derby” program to promote school attendance in the Pepsi Refresh Project national campaign involving 15 Major League Baseball teams. Each club selected a cause they feel passionate about that makes a difference in their community. Fans will decide which project is most deserving of a $200,000 grant from Pepsi to fulfill its goals – and City Year New York needs your help.
The “Home Room Derby” program will help provide a warm, welcoming and engaging school environment that encourages students to attend school daily, arrive on time and enjoy the learning process. City Year New York relies on volunteers who devote 10 months to serving as tutors, mentors and role models to help students stay on track to graduate. Winning the Pepsi Refresh Project grant will allow City Year New York to improve educational outcomes for low-income communities by focusing on attendance, behavior, course performance and civic involvement.
Starting today through Tuesday, August 17, fans can cast their votes at www.mlb.com/PepsiRefresh for the idea they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Fans can also text their vote for “Home Room Derby” by typing “Mets” to 76462.