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Chevrolet Unveils New Playground in Bangkok

  • As part of its continued commitment to demonstrate that where there’s play, there’s beautiful possibilities, Chevrolet revitalizes a football pitch in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Chevrolet enhances a pitch for World Vision Foundation of Thailand to be used by Bang Bua School and the local community in the area that traditionally lacks abundance of available space for play
  • Manchester United legends work with coaches and children in places where play is needed most

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Today, Chevrolet unveiled the all-new Bang Bua School Playground, a revitalized community football pitch in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district that demonstrates the maxim “where there’s play, there’s beautiful possibilities.”

Revitalized for World Vision Foundation of Thailand, a Christian development and humanitarian organization, the new pitch will provide a safe haven for local children as a venue for local events and sports matches.

“This pitch will create sustainable opportunities for play for the children of Bangkok especially those at Bang Bua School,” said Tim Zimmerman, President of GM Southeast Asia Operations. “Play leads to possibilities, and this pitch will provide more and better opportunities for the local community to interact and come together. And alongside our great partners with Manchester United and One World Play Project, today is a landmark moment for this community and the possibilities that lie ahead.”

Manchester United Legend Louis Saha also was onsite for today’s pitch ceremony. Saha shared with attendees lessons he learned on and off the football pitch and how he values the importance of play. He also provided tips and tricks that the students could apply to their own skillset when playing football.

Also appearing today were: Mr. Aonrumpa Phodaeng, Director of Bang Bua School; and Mrs. Chitra Thumborisuth, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand.

“World Vision Foundation of Thailand has been helping the poor children of Bang Bua community for over a decade. Around 990 children from the community attend Bang Bua School, which could not support sports activities since it had only a cement playground,” said Mrs. Chitra.

She added, “On behalf of Bang Bua School and community, I would like to thank Chevrolet for this beautiful football pitch. Children from near and far can spend their free time constructively here, exercising with friends. They will not fall prey to drugs and violence which plague this community.”

Last year through similar pitch revitalizations, Chevrolet brought play to Bandung (Indonesia), Chicago (USA) and Hammanskraal (South Africa). To see inspirational stories of how through play Chevrolet has transformed lives, visit online at www.ChevroletFC.com , like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChevroletFC , follow us on Twitter @ChevroletFC or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ChevroletFC.

In advance of today’s ceremony, Chevrolet and Coaches Across Continents (CAC) created a tailored program for local football coaches to learn more about the sport can be used to tackle tackle and resolve issues such as poverty and exploitation. CAC provides the needed training for coaches and volunteers and allows for a routine Social Development program to be set up within the community. The community will have a chance to see the training program at work next week’s coach’s clinics. The clinics will allow the newly trained coaches to work with local children on the pitch during friendly workout sessions and matches. The CAC staffers who trained these new coaches will continue to stay involved in the community by providing ongoing remote support with curriculum tailored to suit the local area.

Chevrolet also donated Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols to the Bang Bua School. Chevrolet is the founding sponsor of One World Play Project and the donation of 50 footballs is part of Chevrolet’s three-year partnership with One World Play Project that pledges to place 1.5 million Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols with youth in war-stricken zones, refugee camps, disaster areas and other underprivileged communities around the world. Together the companies have delivered more than 1.3 million of the ultra-durable footballs around the world, bringing the possibilities of play to an estimated 35 million youth in more than 75 countries worldwide including in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. In addition, Chevrolet and World Vision have donated thousands of Easy English educational booklets.

Chevrolet is planning several additional announcements and fan engagements around the world this year as part of its Manchester United sponsorship and One World Play Project partnerships.

The spirit of football and fundamentals of teamwork, education and physical fitness are at the heart of Chevrolet’s community outreach in Thailand and the region. In addition to its sponsorship of One World Play Project, Chevrolet’s Play for Dreams project uses football as an educational tool. In 2014, Play for Dreams attracted approximately 3,000 children to try-outs around the country, with 20 joining a football academy in Bangkok. The five finalists on a trip of a lifetime to watch a Manchester United football match at Old Trafford Stadium in the UK. The program will continue later this year.