Out In The Community
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Morning at the Ballpark … For Chicago’s Kids
Earlier this morning, Herm Schneider and Allen Thomas of the White Sox training staff and Sox players Jermaine Dye and Brian Anderson hosted a P.L.A.Y event for local kids at U.S. Cellular Field.
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. The PLAY campaign promotes healthy living and decision making among children in America.
Dye and Anderson joined nearly 100 kids from the White Sox R.B.I program who were at the ballpark learning about fitness, stretching and injury prevention. Dye talked to kids about how important preparation is in baseball.
“We use to show up right before the game and just play, that’s not how it should be done,” said Dye. “You have to stretch and be loose. We’re going over a lot of those types of things today.”
Anderson, meanwhile, had some fun taking part in the calisthenics and drills being led by Thomas, the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
“It’s great being out here,” said Anderson. “I’m working up a pretty good sweat for it only being 10:30 in the morning, but the kids have not complained one bit about the heat. We’re having a lot of fun.”
The day concluded with lunch in the patio where the kids were able to partake in a Q and A with the Sox players and Orlando Hudson of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who also stopped by to speak to the kids.
White Sox players Jayson Nix and Scott Podsednik, along with Southpaw and the Chevrolet Pride Crew, visited the Brookfield Zoo today. They signed almost 400 autographs to fans who braved the heat to come out and support their Sox.