Newark, NJ --
The ShopRite of Newark delivered new track bags filled with healthy snacks to members of the Malcolm X. Shabazz High School Boys and Girls Track and Field Team last week. The student athletes lost their gear during a fire last month on a school bus bound for a track meet.
More than 30 students, the bus driver and an assistant track coach escaped the vehicle unharmed just before it was engulfed in flames in front of the Newark high school on Jan. 3. The team was preparing to leave for the Essex County Relay Championships when fire broke out underneath the bus. Head Track and Field Coach Damon Harrison, who was standing outside the vehicle at the time, spotted the flames and alerted the students, who quickly fled but left behind personal items and team gear like racing spikes, uniforms and bags.
Neil Greenstein, owner of the new ShopRite of Newark, saw the dramatic story and wanted to help. He offered to replace team gear and the school’s athletic director and coach requested the new track bags. On Friday, Jan. 29,
Neil and members of his management team visited the school to deliver the new bags and ShopRite gift cards to the school’s track team and coaches.
“We wanted to do something to help out and recognize the coach and athletes for acting so quickly, calmly and bravely. The students still managed to get to their event and compete that day,” said Greenstein, whose family opened the ShopRite of Newark in September. “We love being here in Newark and we are part of this community.”
All members of the Malcolm X. Shabazz High School Bulldogs Track Team received brand new sports duffel bag with the Bulldogs High School logo and filled with ShopRite products.
“We appreciate Neil and the ShopRite of Newark reaching out to us to see what they could do and then making this happen quickly. The new ShopRite supermarket is great and this donation means a lot to the school and our kids,” said Malcolm X. Shabazz Principal Damon L. Holmes.
“I want to say, ‘thank you’ to Neil,” added Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, who also attended the event Friday in the school library. “Not only is ShopRite one of the best supermarkets we've ever had in a long, long time in our city, but (Neil) has always been a partner with us.”
After the Jan. 3 fire, the Essex County Relays were delayed by 15 minutes so the student athletes could board another bus and compete at the event at the Jersey City Armory. The Malcolm X. Shabazz girls’ track team last week captured the state relay championship title in the 4 by 200 meter event.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com