The St. Louis Cardinals Host PLAY Campaign this Tuesday

Fans walks outside of Busch Stadium before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WHAT:           2015 National PLAY Campaign makes stop at Busch Stadium to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

In 2014, the PLAY campaign became the first program in professional sports to include   children with disabilities. At the July 28 event at Busch Stadium, they will represent the St. Louis Arc. The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of nearly 700 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

WHO:              Randal Grichuk, Cardinals Outfielder

                        Greg Hauck, Cardinals Head Athletic Trainer

                        Chris Conway, Cardinals Assistant Athletic Trainer

Adam Olsen, Cardinals Assistant Athletic Trainer

                        Damian Rodriquez, Taylor Hooton Foundation

Jeff Klingler and Mike Spehr, Henry Schein Cares Foundation

 

WHEN:           Tuesday, July 28

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Busch Stadium

                        700 Clark Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 (Media can enter through Media/VIP Entrance, Gate 2)

WHY:              Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) program was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 Major-League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

CONTACT:    Mark Taylor                                                   Rick Cerrone

                        Community Relations                                     Coordinator, PLAY

                        (314) 345-9600                                               (914) 715-5491

                        mtaylor@cardinals.com                               rick@rickcerrone.com        

NOTE: A Cardinals-issued media credential is required to enter the PLAY event. Media members needing credentials can contact mark Taylor at mtaylor@cardinals.com.

ABOUT PLAY: PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities and the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2015, educates America’s young people about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. PLAY events run approximately two hours in length with participants divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations. These stations touch on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs.

ABOUT THE ARC: The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of nearly 700 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

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