CHILDERSBURG, Ala. – While the main mission of Resolute Forest Products’ Coosa Pines pulp mill is to churn out fluff pulp, it is also making donations along the way.
Recently, Resolute made a donation to support Lakeshore Foundation’s Celebration of Champions’ event, which celebrates the Olympic and Paralympic spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Games as well as Lakeshore’s unique contributions as an Olympic and Paralympic training site. Coosa Pines’ General Manager, Pat Hogg, met with Lakeshore Foundation Board Member, Allison Stephens, to announce the $2,500 donation.
Lakeshore is the home of the USA wheelchair rugby team and plays a pivotal role in helping athletes pursue their dreams of Olympic and Paralympic gold medals.
“Resolute is pleased to be a sponsor of the Celebration of Champions event and dedicates its sponsorship to the memory of Lakeshore Hospital’s administrator Michael Stephens,” said Hogg. “We are proud of our USA wheelchair rugby team and wish them much success at the upcoming Paralympic games.”
“I am very appreciative of Resolute’s support for the Celebration of Champions event. The staff at Lakeshore work tirelessly to encourage and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live a healthy lifestyle. We are proud of our wheelchair rugby team and wish for them to bring home the gold this year, said Stephens. She is the wife of the late Michael Stephens.
Lakeshore Foundation has a rich history dating back to 1926 when it was the Jefferson Tuberculosis Sanatorium, assisting individuals with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. In 1973, the facility’s name changed to Lakeshore Hospital, and Michael Stephens became its administrator. He recognized the need for patient physical activity. Under his leadership, the hospital grew to become a multi-facility system helping patients through rehabilitation and recovery. In 1984, Lakeshore Foundation took over the therapeutic recreation program from the hospital and opened the facilities to anyone that was living with a physical disability. It was then that Birmingham’s first wheelchair basketball team, the Birmingham Chariots, became a reality. Today, Lakeshore is known internationally for its reputation in sports and serves as an Olympic and Paralympic training site for some of the world’s best athletes. Since 2003, Lakeshore has produced 52 Paralympic athletes, coaches, and staff who have brought home more than 30 Paralympic medals.
About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products and papers, which are marketed in over 50 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit resolutefp.com for more information.