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PLAY CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW

PLAY, which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society® (PBATS), in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation (TaylorHooton.org), and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The PLAY Campaign combats child obesity and promotes healthy living and decision making among young people in America.

In 2017, the PLAY Campaign plans to hold events inside all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) ballparks between May and September. In each city, 75-200 area youngsters between ages 8 and 17 will receive the opportunity to take part in PLAY. The MLB club in each city selects a local group of youths to participate in the program. These groups include Boys & Girls Clubs, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) programs and other local organizations

PLAY events run approximately two hours in length. The youngsters are divided into groups and rotate through a series of “stations”: a “Hoot’s Chalk Talk” with the Taylor Hooton Foundation, about the dangers of steroid abuse, a strength and conditioning station, an injury prevention station, a nutrition station and a Q&A station with the participating MLB player(s)

Beginning in 2008, PLAY events include the Taylor Hooton Foundation. This component to the campaign educates the participating young people about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs as part of the healthy decision curriculum. In 2013, PLAY added another dimension in the form of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and their educational station regarding oral health and overall hygiene. They participated in 25 events in 2015 and will host a station at 25 or more events in 2017 as well

The PLAY program was created in 2004 to raise awareness about young people’s health issues because obesity is a major concern in the United States. Since 2004, PBATS has conducted over 300 PLAY events inside all 30 MLB ballparks reaching thousands of children with positive messages about making smart life choices and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

PLAY CAMPAIGN DATES FOR 2017

Team

Date

Colorado Rockies Saturday, May 27, 2017
Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Miami Marlins Thursday, June 1, 2017
Cincinnati Reds Monday, June 5, 2017
Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Cleveland Indians Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Texas Rangers Friday, June 16, 2017
Los Angeles Angels Saturday, June 17, 2017
San Francisco Giants Monday, June 26, 2017
San Diego Padres Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Houston Astros Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Washington Nationals Thursday, July 6, 2017
Seattle Mariners Thursday, July 6, 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Minnesota Twins Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Oakland Athletics Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, July 22, 2017
St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, July 27, 2017
Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Milwaukee Brewers Friday, August 11, 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, August 12, 2017
Detroit Tigers Saturday, August 12, 2017
Chicago Cubs Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, August 29, 2017