WASHINGTON— The NFL Players Association and National Park Trust have joined forces to promote this year’s National Kids to Parks Day Saturday, May 18. The NFLPA will join 17 national collaborators supporting the Third Annual National Kids to Parks Day, according to National Park Trust.
Last year more than 108,000 kids and families participated. In addition, 260 mayors in 45 states and WashingtonD.C.and eight state governors issued proclamations, a U.S. Senate resolution passed declaring National Kids to Parks Day, and more than 250 events were held across the United States. With the help of high profile national partners like the NFLPA, National Park Trust hopes to double participation in 2013. Families can join the fun, find events, and sign up online at NPT’s web site www.kidstoparks.org. They can also find events by visiting www.facebook.com/nationalparktrust.
“Our players have a special affinity for public parks and know how important it is for children to enjoy and play outdoors,” said Jason Belser, NFLPA Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development. “We are proud to join National Park Trust and its impressive list of national partners in promoting National Kids to Parks Day.”
National Park Trust’s 2013 National Kids to Parks Day is officially in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative and NPT’s 2013 collaborators include: the American Academy of Pediatrics, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, America’s State Parks, Department of the Interior’s Youth in the Great Outdoors, National Park Service, National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Boy Scouts of America, National Education Association, National Geographic Kids, American Hiking Society, Children’s National Medical Center, Children & Nature Network, U.S. Play Coalition, National Environmental Education Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, and National Park Hospitality Association.
Recognizing that young people spend too much time indoors and far too little time appreciating and preserving America’s national, state and local parks, the National Park Trust is mobilizing kids across the country for a nationwide park play-in. The website, www.kidstoparks.org, is interactive with links to park activities nationwide and provides a toolkit of ideas and activities for children, families and educators.