PITTSBURGH, April 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) and longtime ally the Pittsburgh A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) are proud to announce their collaboration with the Thelma Lovette YMCA and the Energy Innovation Center. This partnership will build upon the APRI's existing work force development program, "Breaking the Chains of Poverty," to promote access to exercise facilities among marginalized communities, as well as providing skill-building and career opportunities to the families who already utilize the YMCA. To kick off this partnership, the groups will be unveiling a USW-sponsored scoreboard, which will be followed by two basketball games: one an Amateur Athletic Union match and another featuring the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, members of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.
WHO: Leo W. Gerard, USW International President Fred Redmond, USW International Vice President and Chairman of APRI Board of Directors Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh District 6 Councilman
WHAT: Announcement of partnership between the USW, the APRI, the Energy Innovation Center and the Thelma Lovette YMCA and unveiling of USW-sponsored scoreboard
WHEN:10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12
WHERE: Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh's Hill District
WHY:Each of the organizations behind this effort believes that strong communities require access to educational opportunities, quality employment and resources to cultivate healthy lifestyles. This partnership promotes all these goals, providing a range of resources to disadvantaged Pittsburgh residents.
The USW represents 850,000 members in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is the largest private-sector union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.