Everlast Supports United Disabilities Services

June 21, 2010
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Everlast with Nike Grind supports United Disabilities Services

Lancaster, PA – Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is proud to partner with United Disabilities Services (UDS) in their efforts to provide service dogs to assist the community’s disabled. United Disabilities Services has introduced a new training center for two of their Labrador retriever pups, preparing them to partner with two individuals as service dogs when they have mastered the necessary skills. The dogs will learn how to complete an extensive array of daily human tasks, ranging from opening and closing doors to turning off lights and retrieving from the refrigerator.

Before USD’s new center was introduced, training was completed at a local animal hospital or in the trainer’s homes. The new facility, located in Greenfield Industrial Park on Homestead Lane in Lancaster, PA, will provide a central location specifically equipped with the necessary amenities to facilitate swift and precise training. Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind contributed to the facility by donating 1,400 square feet of recycled rubber surfacing. The 6mm material contained twenty percent green color and provides a durable and easily cleaned surface for the puppies’ daily training activities.

“We are proud to be able to donate to United Disabilities Services and help them grow the quality and capabilities of their organization,” states Rich Campbell, EVP of sales and marketing, ECORE International. “ ECORE has always maintained a commitment to improving the health of our environment and the safety and advancement of our community.”

Everlast with Nike Grind products support low VOC emissions and are PVC free. They are comprised of post-consumer tire rubber, pre and post-consumer Nike Grind rubber, ColorMill EPDM, and proprietary binders. This combination of low VOC emissions and high recycled content allows Everlast with Nike Grind to potentially contribute toward earning up to 8 points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Everlast has also expanded its recycling and sustainability efforts by partnering with Nike to include Nike Grind Rubber in all of its fitness surfacing products. Nike Grind rubber is made from sports footwear manufacturing by-products and post-consumer athletic shoes collected through the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. By implementing Nike Grind material into its products, Everlast will rescue nearly 300,000 pounds of unwanted athletic shoes from landfills each year.

For more information on United Disabilities Services, visit www.udservices.org.

For more information on Everlast Sports Surfacing, visit www.everlastsportssurfacing.com.