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When i was growing up everyone played outside. Outside was where the fun was. We played everywhere – in our yards, on the streets, in the woods, anywhere we could. We had a blast and looked forward to being out there. Punishment truly was being grounded and having to stay in your room. You couldn’t see your friends there, and you couldn’t have fun exploring and playing outside. These days, lots of kids prefer to be indoors, watching television or playing video games. I’m thankful that while my oldest son does like those things, he likes being outside just as much or more. As parents it’s our job to encourage our kids to get outside and have fun. It’s good mental and physical fitness and something they need to be healthy. Hershey’s Track And Field Games are a great example of a program designed to help kids get active and learn life lessons.
ABOUT HERSHEY’S TRACK AND FIELD GAMES
Since 1978, The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games has helped more than 10 million children get active and learn valuable lessons such as sportsmanship and hard work. Now in its 34th year, HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games hosts thousands of boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, in nearly 4,000 North American communities. They will compete this spring and summer in track and field events ranging from the standing long jump and softball throw to a variety of running and relay races – and all at no cost of entry. All you need is a pair of shoes.
To program culminates each year with the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games North American Final Meet in Hershey, Pa. Held each year in August, the North American Final Meet hosts 450 outstanding young participants in a fun and exciting, all-expenses paid weekend trip to Hershey. During the weekend, participants tour the world’s largest chocolate factory and visit Hersheypark amusement park, among other exciting activities.
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Olympic decathlon legend Rafer Johnson will again return as HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games ambassadors in 2011.
To further encourage physical activity among kids and families, Hershey is teaming up with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes to be recycled into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. Program participants will be invited to bring used athletic shoes to state and provincial meets, which will then be recycled into Nike Grind. A HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games playground will be awarded to a participating local community as part of the program’s work with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has recycled more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes into Nike Grind. So lace up your children’s favorite pair of sneakers and get ready to cheer them on at the finish line!
To learn more about HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games, and to find a local event in your area, please visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com.
ONE winners will receive a HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games prize pack, which includes a drawstring backpack, visor, water bottle and rubber band shoelace stoppers.
HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)
To enter visit the Hershey’s Track And Field Games site and then leave a comment here telling me if there is a program in your area.
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THE SMALL PRINT.
The winner will be selected using the “And the winner is” plugin. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. This contest will end on Friday 04/29/11 at 11:59 pm est. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!
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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.