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#AlbanyCountyStaySafe Challenge



Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today launched an eight-week digital challenge for teenagers who are being responsible during the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with AT&T, the Albany Police Athletic League and New York Giants NFL running back Dion Lewis. It’s called #AlbanyCountyStaySafe powered by AT&T. County Executive McCoy is asking for younger residents to take part in weekly challenges on social media that help to raise awareness of the importance of social distancing and wearing masks out in public, staying home as much as possible, and above all else, staying safe, while still having fun.

Each week, starting today and running through July 11, a new challenge will be posted to the County Executive’s Instagram account. The first deadline will be May 23 at 11:59pm, and at that time every following Saturday. Albany County teenagers, ages 13 through 18, are asked to post examples of creative ways to have fun and stay productive during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. That could mean doing so indoors, but could also mean outdoors while following proper social distancing and mass gathering guidelines, with the hashtag, “#AlbanyCountyStaySafe.” Only one entry per person per week may be submitted and while this will be promoted on all social media, entries with hashtags are submitted on Instagram only.

“Our new normal is a challenge to all of us. I grew up in Albany and was always active in team sports from Albany Pop Warner to playing football in High School, College and now the NFL,” said Dion Lewis, New York Giants NFL running back. “I was a PAL kid, always involved in community activities as a young teenager. I can't imagine how hard it must be for all of the young adults out there to be at home, not play sports, not socialize in person with all of their friends. As an athlete I find it hard not to be able to go to a gym or facility and work out. I have come up with creative ways to achieve my workout at home. I know the kids out there in the capital district can share some of their creative ways to keep moving, keep healthy and remain positive and safe. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with as they submit their entries.”

“Albany PAL is proud to partner with AT&T and Albany County on this innovative initiative to reach our youth. One of the most important things area teens can do is to stay home. #AlbanyCountyStaySafe will be a great way to engage our teens with challenges while helping us to spread the word to Stay Safe. By practicing social distancing, wearing their masks, washing their hands and encouraging their peers to do the same, teens will have the opportunity to win gift cards that support local businesses”, said Lenny Ricchiuti, PAL Executive Director.
As a reminder, all Instagram posts must be tagged with “#AlbanyCountyStaySafe.” Weekly winners will be direct messaged a link to complete the winner’s form. #AlbanyCountyStaySafe is designed and implemented by the Albany Police Athletic League. All prizes and awards are funded by AT&T.


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