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Yoga a “Om” Run with Brewers Players This Season

If you’ve been following us on social media, you are probably aware that, leading up to the past two seasons, the Brewers training staff has been incorporating yoga sessions into the players’ various workouts during Spring Training.

Well, this year, that practice extended beyond Spring Training and was added as optional weekly or biweekly workout sessions during each homestand.

“The mental part of baseball is so big. Having these guys experience an opportunity of how to calm their minds when they’re doing active movements is probably the biggest reason,” said Major League Strength and Conditioning Specialist Josh Seligman, who explained why he believes yoga is an important part of the mix.  “Then there’s obviously the secondary reason, which is flexibility when the muscle is under tension. It also kind of mixes it up for them and takes them out of their normal system. So, just the comprehensiveness of it. It’s also low-impact, so over a long season, it provides that recovery as well.”

Although optional, several players have seen and felt such great benefits that they have become devoted to a regular practice led by local yoga expert and studio owner, Pamela Bliss.

Instructor Pamela Bliss leads some members of the Crew through a yoga practice on the field.

Instructor Pamela Bliss leads some members of the Crew through a yoga practice on the field.

Bliss began her yoga practice 17 years ago when she became chronically ill, was in chronic pain, and didn’t know where else to turn.

“Yoga saved my life,” Bliss said. “Everything that was previously wrong has been healed. Honestly, what I can do today is a direct result of the practice. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—I’m a different human being because of yoga. Without my practice, I don’t know how I would manage and balance it all.”

And when Bliss says balance “it all,” she means it. In addition to working with the Crew, she owns  YogAsylum, a premier studio in Brookfield where she not only runs the business, but also teaches classes and runs a yoga teacher training program. Oh, and she recently acquired the Milwaukee School of Massage as well. Bliss’s credentials are impressive. She holds an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology with concentration studies in Ecopsychology; and degrees in Nursing, Yoga, and Ecology. Bliss is also a meditation CD artist, intuitive medium, and inspirational speaker who presents at conferences internationally.

This week, I was fortunate to attend one of Bliss’s sessions to see what the guys are up to and chat with them and Bliss about the benefits of yoga—particularly as it relates to baseball and the players’ performance on the field.

“To me, the list of benefits is endless, but also measurable, because you do see a clear difference,” Bliss said. “Yoga is very experiential. You have to do it in order to receive its benefits. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it, so consistency is very important.”

In the 45-minute sessions for the Crew, Bliss mixes it up for the players. For example, the session I attended included traditional hatha, along with vinyasa flow, and some yin poses (longer holds) incorporated toward the end.

There is something extra-calming about practicing yoga barefoot in the outfield, as well as gazing up to this view in your poses.

There is something extra-calming about practicing yoga barefoot in the outfield, as well as gazing up to this view in your poses.

“For the guys, we work on addressing the six directions of the spine, strengthening the core, and really focusing on the hips,” Bliss explained. “By watching their movements, I clearly see the need for and benefit from hip openers, so those are things I make sure we work on every time.”

Bliss works with a wide range of individuals—all walks of life and all abilities—but she says working with baseball players is definitely unique.

“The first time I went down to Spring Training was to get an idea of what the players needed and see how I could help. I have to say it was the first time I had been in a yoga practice where sunflower seeds were being spit and there was all this chatter,” Bliss said with a laugh. “I knew then this was going to be an interesting process!  But everyone has been super receptive, super grateful, and the coaches are really happy about it…I know everyone really appreciates it.”

Pitcher Carlos Torres, who is among the regulars in Bliss’s sessions, is a big proponent of yoga as part of his extensive workout routine.

“There are different types of exercise that every team offers. Some of them will even go as far as ballet for agility and stuff like that, but yoga is one that team-to-team–while not every team is going to provide it–every team recommends it,” Torres said.

“As athletes, we’re taught to lift a lot of weights, we’re taught to be strong, we’re taught to be a lot of things, but you have to have strength within that flexibility and if you don’t, it’s useless strength,” he explained. “What yoga does is it builds that strength within that flexibility to actually translate your power that you’ve been working on the entire time to what it is you’re trying to do. For pitchers, it’s throw a ball. For some guys it’s hit, or steal bags and whatnot…. I hope that all teams provide it because I think it’s very beneficial to everybody.”

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis agrees; he likes the balance that yoga brings to his routine.

“It’s such a long season. We’re active everyday and, swinging as much as we do, that’s hard on your body. Yoga is really good for recovery and just limbering up and staying healthy,” he said. “If I go a few weeks without going, I can definitely feel it. In the offseason, it’s something that I have been trying to implement a little bit more over the last few years and it’s helped, so I think that it’s definitely a good thing.”

Corey Knebel‘s wife Danielle is a certified yoga instructor, so the pitcher is very familiar with the practice, which he has typically incorporated on his own during the offseason.

“This is the first year we’ve done it during the season. For me, I’m really tight. My hips are always tight, my legs are always tight, so it’s good to feel pretty flexible. I feel a big difference this year with it,” Knebel said.

Bliss helps pitcher Corey Knebel perfect his alignment.

Bliss helps pitcher Corey Knebel perfect his alignment.

And, while pitcher Matt Garza also says he reaps the benefits of flexibility, he enjoys the meditative side of the practice as well.

“I do yoga because it helps me control my breathing, it helps me get that under grasp. The stretching part is awesome. It really helps you get deep into stretches,” Garza said. “It used to be the stronger you are in the game, the better you are. It’s now how flexible you are. The more flexible you are, the better you can be in position and play your position. But I mainly like it because of the calming nature of the workout.”

Bliss added, “A lot of times people in general say, ‘It’s just physical,’ but it’s so far beyond that. In order to transcend the physical, you have to put in consistent effort — to invest in yourself to be your very best; what could be more important? That’s where these guys really get it and that’s what got them here; they are all in—that’s what makes this a lot of fun for me. It’s also a huge honor for me.”

And, as someone who is personally devoted to yoga, I was honored to share in this practice with Bliss and members of the Crew, if only for a day. Namaste!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fun Had By All at Brewers Bowl-A-Thon

Tonight, fans joined Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.

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The event took place at JB’s on 41 and in addition to Matt Garza, the host of the event, among those in attendance were: Scooter Gennett,  Hernan Perez, Keon Broxton, Jonathan Villar, Jacob Barnes, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, Carlos Torres, Jhan Marinez, Zach Davies, Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek and Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel.

Keon Broxton‘s team took home first place overall at the event, while Scooter Gennett had the high score among the Brewers players with a 159 and Corey Knebel had the lowest score of a 71.

A lot of the fun was documented on our Snapchat account, so be sure to add ‘Brewers’ so you don’t miss out! We also ran a Facebook Live stream over on Facebook.

In addition, there were many items included in a silent auction to raise additional money for Meta House, including a special batting practice experience, a Jimmy Nelson autographed jersey, a Bernie’s Slide Experience and more.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game to Be Held Following Today’s Brewers vs. Reds Game

Before today’s game vs. the Cincinnati Reds, we honored the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association.

Today marks the 45th year of the Milwaukee Brewers and The American Legion baseball partnership.

Joining us from the Wisconsin American Legion are:

Craig Otto

Department Commander Dan seehafer, from Post 157 – Horicon

Department Adjutant David Kurtz, from Post 23 – Milwaukee

State Baseball Commissioner Roger Mathison, from Post 116 – Coon Valley

State Baseball President Kevin Stangel, from Squadron 538 – Manitowoc

State Historian Rick McCanna, from Post 157- Horicon

Following today’s game,  the Wisconsin American Legion All-Star game will be played at Miller Park.

Here are the participants.

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Playing for the Stars:

Josh Bartelt – plays for Oshkosh

Carter Chafer – plays for Bruce

Austen Dart – plays for Ahnapee Trailblazers

Ryan Gassner – plays for Marathon

Tanner Haessly – plays for Kimberly

Garrett Hohn – plays for Wausau

Zak Imig – plays for Ash Port

Griffin Jack – plays for Menasha

Noah Kuester – plays for Appleton

Logan Langbehn – plays for DC Everest

Trey Larson – plays for River Falls

Dylan Loveland – plays for Hortonville

Kalan McHugh – plays for Mosinee

Matt McHugh – plays for Plover

Tyler Rouze – plays for De Pere

Nick Sailer – plays for Marinette

Jared Schmeltzer – plays for Merrill

Caleb Schoenholz – plays for Green Bay Shockers

Trevor Schwecke – plays for Marshfield

Jake Sperry – plays for Chippewa Falls

Storm Standiford – plays for Eau Claire

Brett Sutherland – plays for Nekoosa

Arin Verhagen – plays for Antigo

Devon Wieland – plays for Menomonie

Coaching the stars team: 

Jon Rauch – Eau Claire

Shawn Ratzenberg – Wrightstown

Corey Opper – Plover

Playing for the Stripes:

Christian Arthurs – plays for Fond du Lac

Alex Cimeroli – plays for Dells

JadenDoornink – plays for Clintonville

 

Zach Drake – plays for Viroqua

Evan Drays – plays for Jefferson

Jake Erickson – plays for LaCrosse NorthStars

Zach Fenner – plays for Watertown

Sawyer Hammes – plays for Westby/Coon Valley

Austin Hayes – plays for Lake Geneva

Ryan Herken – plays for Gays Mills

Trey Johnson – plays for Genoa City

Ryan Kaul – plays for Beaver Dam

Kyle Krueger – plays for Markesan

Kigan Mares – plays for Madison Impact

Johnny Marthaler – plays for Waupun

Joe Nilo-Lofton – plays for Union Grove

Chase Nyborg – plays for Janesville

Trevor Pedersen – plays for Bonduel

Kevin Raisbeck – plays for Beloit

Evan Sigmund – plays for Oconto Falls

Bryan Sturdevant – plays for Burlington

Drew Tschumper – plays for West Salem

Ethan Vodak – plays for Baraboo

Merek Williams – plays for Oconomowoc

Coaching the South team:

Dave Augustine – Manawa

Steve Oleshko – Hartford

Umpires for today’s Legion All-Star game are:

Keith Bonde – Manitowoc

Ryan Krcmar – Green Bay

Dennis Semph- Sheboygan Falls

Steve Walsh – Manitowoc

We want to thank the fans for their support of American Legion baseball and invite you to stay and watch the 45th Wisconsin American Legion All Star game at the conclusion of the Brewers/Reds Game.

The Late Gary Vanden Berg Honored at Miller Park

This January, the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers elected the late Gary Vanden Berg into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

Gary was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization, serving 10 years as the assistant and over 21 years as Heads Groundskeeper. Gary led the grounds team at County Stadium and prepared the Miller Park field for games and events, most notably the 2002 All-Star Game and the Brewers playoff appearances in 2008 and 2011.

After a year-long battle with cancer, Gary passed away on October 10, 2011. Gary was well respected for the work he did the turf grass industry, but more importantly for the person that he was. To honor this, the MLB Groundskeepers named the Hall of Fame Trophy after Gary upon its inception in 2011.

Through Gary’s 31 years as a groundskeeper, he maintained a strong family life. Their commitment to each other  and Gary’s commitment to the turf grass industry will live on through those who are here today–his wife Lauri, their sons John and Joel, daughters-in-law Lindsey and Betsy and grandchildren Brooke, Cole, Kate and Claire, along with Michael Boettcher, Brewers Director of Grounds and the Miller Park Grounds Crew.

Vanden Bergs

Gary joins previous inductees Emil Bossard (Indians), George Toma (Royals), Joe Mooney (Red Sox), Dick Ericson (Twins), Harry Gill (Brewers), Pete Flynn (Mets) and Pat Santarone (Orioles) in the Grounds Keepper Hall of Fame.

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Lynn

The late Gary Vanden Berg was elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.
Photo by Tom Lynn

Prior to his work in Milwaukee, Vanden Berg got his start in the turf grass industry by working on golf courses where he grew up in Oakfield, Wisconsin.

In his time as an assistant and head groundskeeper at County Stadium, Vanden Berg not only had to produce a quality field for the game of baseball, but also for football.  The Green Bay Packers played select home games at County Stadium through 1994.  In addition to Brewers and Packers games, the field endured other events including concerts, measurable snowfall during the season, and tractor pulls, to name a few.

Vanden Berg at County Stadium

Vanden Berg at County Stadium.

When the Brewers moved from County Stadium to Miller Park, Vanden Berg made the move with the team, tackling the challenge of managing grass in a retractable roof stadium and its imposing shade patterns.

Vanden Berg will forever be remembered for the internship program that he established in Milwaukee for college students aspiring to become sports turf managers.  Students from all over the nation sent their resumes in, hoping to get a spot on the Brewers Grounds Staff every year due to the great experience they were able to receive under Vanden Berg.  The national STMA recognized the importance of his internship program, and established the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant for students seeking internships that may not have otherwise been able to afford it.

To be considered for induction to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment in the profession for at least five years, and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual’s impact on the community is also considered.  Nominees are submitted to the MLB Groundskeepers Association for a vote. Each team has one vote; a nominee must receive must receive 75% of the vote of all active association members.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

 

11th-Annual Cerveceros Day at Miller Park

Tonight, as the Brewers take on the Reds at Miller Park, we are honoring Hispanic heritage in baseball with the 11th- annual Cerveceros Day. The Brewers are wearing special ‘Cerveceros’ (Brewers in Spanish) uniforms and the Reds and wearing Los Rojos jerseys.

Prior to the game, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their annual Fiesta Tailgate out at Helfaer Field, where Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez and first-base coach Carlos Subero made an appearance.

During the pregame ceremonies, Jorge Franco, Chairman, President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin relayed this special message to fans:

“On behalf of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, thank you for joining us today’s exciting Cerveceros Day here at Miller Park to celebrate diversity. As you can see, our beloved Milwaukee Brewers are in Spanish language attire in honor of our nation’s wonderful Hispanic culture and high-growth population.

Our special thanks to the Hispanic Chamber members and partners througout the state, including this year’s Fiest Tailgaters who joined us today at Helfaer Field. We greatly appreicate may Tom Barret, who joined us today at Helfaer Field. We greatly appreciate Mayor Tom Barrett who year-after-year joins us for this exciting event and who is an outstanding leader and friend to our entire Milwaukee Community. Our express and deepest gratitude to this year’s 2016  HCCW All-Star Partnership Award Recipient, i.e., Johnson Bank, for their outstanding support of the Hispanic Chamber.

Thank you again con un cariñoso abrazo from your Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin!”

The national anthem was led by Salvador Villanueva and a ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Guz Hernandez representing Cerveceros Day.

As part of the fun tonight, we’re also offering Chorizo Nachos at the concession stand near Section 120. The platter will feature chorizo sausage, tortilla chips, queso blanco, pico de gallo and jalapenos.

 

Milwaukee Brewers Legends Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper Team Up with Pick ’n Save to Reward Wisconsin’s Best Tailgaters

Nobody tailgates like Wisconsinites.

Today, before the Brewers vs. Reds game at Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers legends Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper and Pick ’n Save joined forces in search of the “most Wisconsin” tailgates. After a brief media event, Robin and Cecil surprised fans by cruising around the parking lots of Miller Park handing out limited-edition condiments featuring Robin’s Relish, Cooper’s Ketchup and Fingers High Heat to fans whose tailgates stood out among the crowd.

These limited edition condiments are not for sale, but you've got a chance to score some Saturday if you've got a great tailgate!

These limited edition condiments are not for sale, but fans had chance to score some today!

Here are a couple of fun photos from this afternoon:

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Thanks to you, Brewers fans, for being such great tailgaters!

Cheers!

Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

These limited edition condiments are not for sale, but you've got a chance to score some Saturday if you've got a great tailgate!

These limited edition condiments are not for sale, but you’ve got a chance to score some Saturday if you’ve got a great tailgate!

So this Saturday, when you’re tailgating at Miller Park, be sure to bring your A-game! Hopefully these legends will pay you a visit!

Brewers Wives Host Operation Baby Shower

Today the Brewers Wives partnered with USO Milwaukee and Baird to host an Operation Baby Shower for current & wounded military wives and wives of the fallen at the War Memorial in Milwaukee.

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The day will be filled was filled with interactive games, presentations from medical experts and lunch donated by Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Happy National Left Handers Day!

They have a “holiday” for practically everything nowadays and today is no exception as today (August 13) is National Left Handers Day.

In celebration of this joyous occasion, I caught up with some of the Brewers “lefties.”

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Outfielder Ramon Flores is the team’s only true lefty. He bats and throws left-handed and eats and writes with his left hand as well.

The others–well, they mix it up:

Infielders Andy Wilkins and Scooter Gennett both bat left and throw right.  Wilkins says he is right-handed at everything except for batting. “My dad told me I started throwing left and batting right and then I switched,” Andy said. Meanwhile, Scooter says he is also a lefty when it comes to golf.

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has an interesting story about how he also came to bat left and throw right.

“When I was little, about 3 years old, before I was playing baseball, my parents got me a plastic golf set. That was all I wanted to do all day–hit the plastic golf set around. I ended up wearing the face off of it while swinging right-handed. I guess my parents didn’t want to buy me another one, so I just flipped it around and started golfing left-handed. After that, that’s when I started playing tee ball or whatever and I just felt more comfortable that way.”

I used to play tennis left-handed, but I stopped playing for awhile and now I play right-handed. I used to play street hockey left-handed. Everything else is right handed. My wife is left-handed though, so maybe we’ll have left-handed kids,” Kirk laughed.

And then there’s Jonathan Villar, who admits he is practically ambidextrous. The switch hitter throws right, eats left and says that while he’s better at writing with his right hand, he can also write with his left.

 

 

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Today, more than 200 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff),  Meta House, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Meta House Transitional Housing. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in June.

Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation. 

The Brewers will take on the Cincinnati Reds tonight in the first game of a three-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including Jake Elmore and Corey Knebel, along with his wife, Danielle, from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:

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A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids (#playmatters).

The new playground will bring more than 150 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Milwaukee more playable.

Meta House served 424 women and 242 children in 2015. Though many of the families in treatment at Meta House are able to overcome addiction, the lack of a safe and supportive place to live presents challenges to these vulnerable women and their children. Meta Housing offers an average of 40 families each year with the opportunity for a stable place to begin their healthy and bright futures. For the past two years, the families living at Meta Housing haven’t had a safe place to play, but with the support of the Milwaukee Brewers and KaBOOM!, that’s going to change on August 12.

The playground is the 3rd built by the Milwaukee Brewers and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Milwaukee Brewers supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

PLAY Campaign Visits Miller Park

It was a busy morning at Miller Park today as the annual “PLAY Campaign” visited Miller Park giving some local Little Leaguers a memory of a lifetime.  Sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the Taylor Hooten Foundation, the goal of the clinic was to educate local youth about how important it is to live healthy and active lives.

Michael Blazek, members of the Brewers Athletic Training staff, Don Hooton, Jr., and over 100 kids from local Little Leagues spent the morning at Miller Park taking part in drills, learning about the proper nutrition needed to compete and the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.  The kids were also given positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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Milwaukee is a yearly stop on the “PLAY” tour and event organizers love coming here because of the enthusiasm of the kids and the organization’s cooperation.  Brewers Director – Medical Operations Roger Caplinger and Head Athletic Trainer Dan Wright have consistently played a big part in making sure the kids have a memorable experience with the campaign.  “PLAY” was formed in 2004 to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States.  The Taylor Hooton Foundation joined PLAY in 2008 to merge its anti-steroid education message and generate awareness about one of the fastest growing drugs in America.

A special thanks to Caplinger, Wright, Brewers Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Seligman; Brewers Assistant Athletic Trainers Dave Yaeger & Kevan Creighton of the Brewers Athletic Training Staff, Don Hooten, Jr. of the Taylor Hooten Foundation, and Joey Vandever of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and Erika Bowring of the Brewers Community Relations Department and the parents of the kids who participated in today’s event for making this day so special for the kids involved.

-Cait

@CMOYER

About the PLAY Campaign

Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted more than 200 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. The PLAY campaign is made possible by the generous support and participation of Major League Baseball Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2016, 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.

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