SPRINGIELD, MASS. (July 2, 2020) – MGM Springfield, in partnership with Link to Libraries, today announced a donation of 1,000 books to Springfield Public Schools that highlight diversity and social justice.


As school children embark on summer vacation, MGM Springfield is hopeful that these books can continue to support literacy and help extend students’ learning throughout the summer in a way that helps foster pride and brings children joy.


“MGM Springfield prides itself on the diversity of our employees, which reflects the Greater Springfield community. Our hope is that these books, whose main characters are all persons of color, will help children to see themselves and their place in the world with pride and confidence.” said Chris Kelley, President of the Northeast Group, MGM Resorts.


Laurie Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Link to Libraries stated, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again partner with MGM Springfield and the Springfield Public Schools to provide books for students, that we hope will help educate them about their history, the present and the future as they make their way through the world – especially during these difficult times.”


Assistant Superintendent of Schools Lydia Martinez said the book donation could not have come at a better time, pointing to the district wide summer school program launched this summer. “For the first time ever, we are providing every single student an opportunity to explore the notion of who they are and who they want to become,” said Martinez. “We’re very excited and grateful for these books that I’m sure will inspire students as they think about these ideas and their potential for the future.”


As a company, MGM Resorts International has been recognized by DiversityInc as one of the nation’s top companies for its efforts on diversity and inclusion.


Link to Libraries is a nonprofit organization located in Hampden, Massachusetts whose mission is to distribute new books to schools and home libraries of children in need. By increasing a child’s access to books, Link to Libraries strives to enhance the language and literacy skills of children of all cultural backgrounds.





About MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass. As the world’s first LEED™ Platinum-certified gaming resort, MGM Springfield ignites a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city by seamlessly blending new design with restored historic buildings. The resort offers more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 240-room boutique hotel on Main Street, superior spa services, diverse retail and inspired dining headlined by Costa and The Chandler Steakhouse. MGM Springfield also features a seven-screen Regal luxury cinema complex, bowling lanes, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. For more information, visit the MGM Springfield Newsroom or mgmspringfield.com.


About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company’s 50/50 venture, ROAR Digital LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.


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