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By Kendria Smith

While millions prepare to cheer on their chosen team to victory this Sunday, a crowd 1,500 strong gathered Friday morning for the 27th annual Super Bowl Breakfast at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis to celebrate the winners of the 2013 Super Service Challenge.

Drew Brees and Justin Tuck

The challenge started as a local initiative launched in 2011 by founder Dave Lindsey and Executive Director Mike Lantz to brings teams of colleagues together to serve an organization of their choice within their community. Each team is asked to submit a photo or brief video presentation recapping their volunteer experience for a chance to win a share of $1million for their chosen charity or community service project.

Now, as a nation-wide endeavor open to any and all who have a heart to serve, the challenge continues to grow throughout cities across the country and is looking to reach global proportion next year.

“This is an exciting day for all who are involved the Super Service Challenge and I’m just so humbled,” Lindsey admits. “As a movement, it’s about more purpose to our work than just simply a paycheck.”

In partnership with this year’s challenge, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was in attendance as spokesperson for a second year, along with New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck as ambassador. Both players expressed their appreciation to all those who served, as well as showing support in honoring the following top four winners, out of the more than 2,000 team submissions:

• Wells Fargo for Hands-On Jacksonville in Florida
• Eli Lilly & Co for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful in Indiana
• Astoria Federal Savings for The Inn in New York
• Walt Danley Realty for St. Mary’s Food Bank in Arizona

For their exceptional efforts in promoting positive change within their community, each team received $25,000 for the charity, along with a trip to the Super Bowl.

When asked about the process of selecting the grand prize winners, Brees responded, “It was tough because you see the passion everybody has for the organizations they serve…This might be the first time you serve as a company, youth group, church group, whatever it might be, and yet it starts a chain reaction, as you gather more people. The fact is that everyone is giving back to their communities.”

To learn how you can get involved and support your community through the Super Service Challenge, visit http://www.superserivcechallenge.com.

Originally published February 2014
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