Public Voting Underway in Bridgestone Contest Supporting School Health and Wellness Initiatives

Company to grant funds to school program with the most votes

Nov 13, 2015, 11:00 ET from Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced that public voting is underway to determine the winner of the company's Fuel the Drive contest. Created in partnership with the National Football League (NFL) initiative NFL PLAY 60, the contest will provide a $25,000 (USD) grant to help fund a new or existing, K-12 school-based athletic program or wellness initiative.  

"Fuel the Drive is an ideal way for Bridgestone to work with the NFL to bring awareness to important school health and wellness programs in need of funding," said Amber Holm, Vice President, Brand Marketing, U.S. and Canada, Consumer Replacement Tire, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "Bridgestone is the world's largest tire and rubber company, and we believe it is our responsibility to make a positive and lasting impact on the communities where we operate."

In September, Bridgestone started accepting nominations for initiatives at elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S., and a panel of judges identified the top 10 programs as contest finalists. It is now up to the voting public to determine the grand prize winner.

To vote, the public can visit the Bridgestone Fuel the Drive contest's online portal. Consumers can vote for their favorite community project once each day between now and Dec. 14, 2015. Winners will be announced in January 2016.

The prizes include:

  • One grand prize winner will earn a $25,000 (USD) grant on behalf of the nominated school to maintain, support, enhance or expand their submitted program. An NFL PLAY 60 in a Box kit also will be awarded to the grand prize winner. This kit includes a range of equipment to increase physical activity options for students.
  • Two runners-up will be awarded prizes, which include a $5,000 (USD) grant for each program, as well as an NFL PLAY 60 in a Box kit for both designated schools.
  • All 10 finalists will be awarded a set of Bridgestone tires and an Xbox 360 console for the school's use.

Bridgestone, the world's largest tire and rubber manufacturer, is committed to being an outstanding corporate citizen. The Fuel the Drive contest is one way Bridgestone is making its communities better places to work, live and play. To view Fuel the Drive finalists' entries and cast a vote, visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Contest open to US and Canadian residents. Sponsored by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC and Bridgestone Canada Inc. Finalists determined based on judging of Contest entries. Entry Period started 12:00 PM ET on September 15, 2015 and ended at 9 PM ET on October 12, 2015. Voting Period starts 12:00 AM ET on November 12, 2015 and ends 11:59 PM ET on December 14, 2015. For Official Rules (including judging criteria), visit  

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

SOURCE Bridgestone Americas, Inc.