The Kansas City Royals joined the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the Taylor Hooton Foundation, to host the free PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) clinic presented by Sun Life Financial at Kauffman Stadium. Royals head athletic trainer Nick Kenney, was joined by members of the sports medicine staff, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and pitchers Matt Strahm and Kevin McCarthy to lead the stations. Topics included how to exercise and stay fit, including stretching, and how to eat healthy, including avoiding additive sugars.
Following the clinic, participants received a handbook of workouts and healthy habits titled Home Run to Health, powered by Sun Life Financial. The two-week at-home program challenges the kids to continue the lessons they learn at the clinic. Those who participate in the program were invited back to the Home Run to Health celebration during the Royals game vs. the Boston Red Sox game.
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To learn more about the PLAY Clinic visit http://pbats.com/play/
About Sun Life Financial:
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. In the United States, Sun Life Financial is one of the largest group benefits providers, serving more than 60,000 employers in small, medium, and large workplaces across the country. Sun Lifeâs broad portfolio of products and services in the U.S. includes Disability and Absence Management, Life, Dental and Vision, Voluntary, and Stop-Loss insurance. This includes the acquisition of Assurant Employee Benefits in Q1 2016. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com/us.
PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities and the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2017, educates Americaâs 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. For more information, please visit http://pbats.com/play/.
About the Taylor Hooton Foundation:
The Taylor Hooton Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is widely recognized as the leader in the education of North Americaâs young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs. The family and friends of Taylor Hooton formed the Foundation in 2004 after his untimely death at 17 years old following his use of anabolic steroids. To date, the Taylor Hooton Foundation has spoken to and educated more than one-million people. For more information, please visit www.taylorhooton.org.