The City of Opelika is bringing back its Don’t Be An Ope-loser! anti-litter campaign and Slam Dunk The Junk event in an effort to educate and encourage visitors and citizens to keep the community clean. There will soon be brightly painted trash cans throughout the city with educational, basketball-themed messages about anti-littering.
“Littering is one of my biggest pet peeves. It continues to be a huge issue in Opelika. I just wish folks would take pride in our community and throw their trash where it belongs. Litter is harmful to human health, safety, welfare, the environment and it has a negative effect on economic development. We need to all do our part to keep Opelika looking beautiful,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.
The Slam Dunk The Junk community clean-up event will be on March 19, 2022 and will begin at Covington Recreation Center at 9 a.m. Participants will pick up their supplies, provided by Keep Opelika Beautiful, at the recreation center and will be given a list of locations to pick up litter. This is a great opportunity for friends and family to give back to the community.
After the clean-up, participants are encouraged to come back to Covington by 11 a.m. for a friendly free throw competition, food, fun and prizes! Register on the city website (www.opelika-al.gov) to secure your spot in the competition and see rules. Lee County’s own John Thomas will show off his skills in a Slam Dunk Exhibition after the free throw competition. Thomas is a retired professional overseas basketball player and Slam Ball National Champion.
For more information, please contact Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer at [email protected].