TI continued to help the community celebrate United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th anniversary as presenting sponsor of the third "Nine for 90" service project recently.

Through a fitness expo with Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman and an on-site volunteer project at TI, the focus was childhood obesity and youth health.  

GENYOUth Fitness Expo
Aikman joined TI and other company volunteers and participants of the GENYOUth Foundation 2014 Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit and EXPO.

TI volunteers helped pack healthy snacks and wrote letters of encouragement for kids.

The event was designed to raise awareness about the importance of improved nutrition and physical activity for today's youth. The event tied in GENYOUth's Fuel Up to Play 60 and the United Way's Healthy Zone School Recognition Program, two leading school health and wellness programs.

Each "Nine for 90" project is championed by one of the nine Dallas Cowboys legends who have participated in the United Way-NFL partnership in recent years. Various TI business units and diversity initiatives are providing volunteers for the monthly projects.

"Teaching our youth about fitness and nutrition is such an important issue," Aikman said. "Studies show that if children learn to eat right and exercise regularly, these habits follow them throughout their lives. It’s never too early to teach children about taking care of themselves."

Aikman ran drills with kids at AT&T Stadium, and they were joined by Chalonda Goodman, a TI employee volunteer who is a 2016 Olympic hopeful in the 100 and 200 meters.

"Chalonda lives a truly healthy, active lifestyle," said Andy Smith, TI Foundation executive director. "We hope she inspires these children to do the same."

About 100 TI employees and their families received passes to the expo as part of TI’s sponsorship.  

Afterward, the TI employees participated in a service project at TI to pack healthy snacks and write notes of encouragement to children in the Jubilee Park and Community Center in Dallas.  

In May, TI volunteers renovated offices and apartments at the Family Place Safe Campus in Dallas along with Dallas Cowboys legend Darren Woodson. Read more.

In June, TI volunteers fed homeless children and adults at the CitySquare Opportunity Center with Dallas Cowboys legend Randy White. Read More.