This spring, summer, and fall everyone’s favorite TV twins, Maya and Miguel Santos, will “kick it” with the United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer), bringing soccer fun and a passion for the game to kids across the country. Scholastic Media announced today that its hit series Maya & Miguel – airing on PBS KIDS GO!sm – will team-up to promote the program at several Kohl’s US Youth Soccer American Cup Tournaments, including on-site character appearances, screening events, and much more. The promotion kicks off in March and lasts through September.
As part of this collaboration, Maya & Miguel will have an active presence at 12 Kohl’s American Cup tournaments across the country. At each location, youth soccer players will have an opportunity to play a Maya & Miguel – themed soccer game, screen special episodes of the hit series, get their photo taken with the Maya and Miguel costume characters and receive special Maya & Miguel prizes, including DVDs, and trading cards.
Online activities at pbskidsgo.org/mayaandmiguel will complement the fun festivities at the tournaments. Like the live events, the site will have fun games and activities that will stimulate and enhance kids’ love of soccer.
“Given the important role that soccer plays in Maya & Miguel, this collaboration makes perfect sense for us, and allows us to enhance our community outreach efforts,” said Leslye Schaefer, SVP of Marketing and Consumer Products for Scholastic Media. “We hope that Maya & Miguel’s enthusiasm and love for the game will encourage children to stay involved in sports to experience new friends and the importance of teamwork.”
“We are thrilled to have Maya & Miguel on board with us for our highly-anticipated 2007 Kohl’s US Youth Soccer American Cup,” said Jim Cosgrove, Executive Director for US Youth Soccer. “We look forward to the additional excitement and interest their presence will bring to young soccer players across the country via the largest traveling soccer tour.”
Maya & Miguel’s 2007 Kohl’s American Cup Schedule includes stops in the following cities:
• MARCH: Harlingen/McAllen, TX
• MAY: N. Little Rock, AR; Lewiston, UT
• JUNE: Ames, IA; Schaumburg, IL; Manassas, VA
• AUGUST: Reading, PA; Cincinnati, OH; Vancouver, WA
• SEPTEMBER: Kirkland, WA; Wichita, KS; Port Washington, WI
The Kohl's American Cup provides recreational youth soccer players with an opportunity to experience a high-quality statewide tournament in a fun and festive atmosphere, fostering kids’ excitement and love for the game.
US Youth Soccer is a non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.
Maya & Miguel, now in its third season, continues to be a top-rated show on PBS KIDS GO! and has established a powerful connection with its audience. The series is designed to present culture and language learning as fun, relevant, and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. The goals of the series are to promote the value of a culturally diverse society, and to support English language learners through the presentation of language in a natural context with a special emphasis on vocabulary. Maya & Miguel is a broad-based Scholastic initiative comprised of television, print media, school and community outreach, dynamic Web sites at pbskidsgo.org/mayaandmiguel as well as scholastic.com, and a host of ancillary products including apparel, accessories and DVDs. The TV series is underwritten by Chuck E. Cheese’s and funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a Ready To Learn Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Education through the Public Broadcasting Service.
About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media (SM), the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including feature films, television programming, videos, interactive products and web sites, and is a major developer and marketer of children's brands worldwide. Among SM's award-winning and top-rated productions are the animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog® (PBS KIDS®); the Emmy award-winning spin-off series Clifford's Puppy Days™; (PBS KIDS); I SPY (HBO Family); The Magic School Bus® (TLC); Goosebumps®; Animorphs®; and Maya & Miguel™ (PBS KIDS GO!). SM's critically-acclaimed feature films include Clifford's Really Big Movie, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club Movie, and The Mighty. SM is also producing the forthcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the award-winning Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, for New Line Cinema. Scholastic is a co-creator of the new multi-platform qubo network for children, which promotes literacy and positive values through entertainment. Provided by Scholastic, Dragon is the new pre-school series airing on qubo.
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