Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) August 11, 2014
The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society’s (PBATS) PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) Campaign is scheduled to make a stop at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through a partnership with The Arc. On August 13, The Arc of Los Angeles & Orange Counties will bring children with developmental disabilities to a PLAY Campaign event with Adam Nevala, Angels Head Athletic Trainer.
“We are grateful for the great work of PBATS in including people with developmental disabilities – another step forward for our children,” said Kevin MacDonald, CEO, The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
The PLAY Campaign, conducted at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums each season, is a public awareness campaign of PBATS. The campaign is designed to help combat childhood obesity and promote a healthy and active lifestyle by promoting fun activities and good decision making. Originally developed in 2004, PLAY is now the longest running health campaign in professional sports directed specifically at young people. The events are typically two hours in length and include stations hosted by experts from across the United States. This year, for the first time, children with I/DD from chapters of The Arc will participate alongside children without disabilities at these events.
“While we have come a long way in including people with disabilities in the sports world, too often those opportunities are segregated. Kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities are capable of and deserve to be included alongside kids without disabilities in recreational activities – and PBATS is the first professional sports organization to formally recognize this and take action. We appreciate the care that the trainers and stadium staff are taking to make these events inclusive,” said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.
NOTE: An Angels-issued media credential is required to enter the PLAY event. Media members needing credentials can contact Chrissy Vaughn at Chrissy.Vaughn(at)angels(dot)com.
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.
Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.