The Ovie Mughelli Foundation has reached its most significant milestone to-date as the responsible party for donating an earth-friendly playground and athletic field for the students of Ron Clark Academy (RCA) in Atlanta.
At a time when the prevalence of childhood obesity is at its highest, together RCA and the Ovie Mughelli Foundation addressed the physical education needs to combine with the already rigorous academic curriculum of the Academy.
Ron Clark, the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, school executives and several of the school's largest donors attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
"The Ron Clark Academy couldn't be more thrilled with the donation of our new athletic field, and we are extremely grateful to the Ovie Mughelli Foundation for recognizing the importance of keeping our young people healthy and physically fit," Clark said. "This field will enhance our athletic programs at RCA in enormous ways, and we are honored the donation is coming from Ovie Mughelli — a role-model that makes the Falcons and all of Atlanta proud."
Mughelli is rated the No. 2 Eco-Athlete in the world by PlanetGreen.com. Ron Clark has been called "America's Educator," is a New York Times bestselling author and his teaching experiences have been the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.
Consistent with the Ovie Mughelli Foundation's environmental responsibility, the playground will be a "Green" facility, including NewGrass, an industry-leading, artificial grass solution. The playground is scheduled for completion in the summer 2011.
"The playground is part of a larger movement to do what we can to revitalize our planet," Mughelli said. "We want to help our future generation make the practical lifestyle changes to be more environmentally-conscious and give them the resources to do so."