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Tyson Foods Donates $100,000 to Southwest Kansas YMCA

Tyson Foods YMCA

Garden City, Kan. – May 5, 2016 – The Garden City Family YMCA hosted an event today to announce a $100,000 donation from Tyson Foods, Inc. The donation will go toward the construction of a 27,730-square-foot inflatable sports dome with indoor athletic facilities, including basketball courts, a gymnastics area and walking track.

“The YMCA is critical to the quality of life, and health and wellness of our community,” said Brad Shafer, Tyson Foods’ Finney County complex manager. “We’re proud to support the YMCA’s efforts, while providing more options for our team members and neighbors to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Tyson Foods has six facilities in Kansas and employs more than 5,000 in the state.

“This gift from Tyson Foods is a huge boost to our capital campaign,” said Chad Knight, CEO of the Garden City Family YMCA. “We are so grateful for the support because it gets us closer to our goal of starting construction of the dome this fall, while ultimately helping us better serve our community.”

Once complete, the dome will allow for expansion of health and wellness programs for youth, families, adults and seniors. Additional space will also be available for youth sports teams to hold practices, games and tournaments.

The YMCA provides a variety of programs that support educational achievement, health and wellness, childcare and summer day camps.


About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.


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