Clemson, SC, February 26, 2012 – Since its debut in 2009, Little Tikes Commercial has been a proud supporter of the US Play Coalition’s Conference on the Value of Play, which takes place every year at Clemson University in South Carolina. With over 265 participants and a 25% increase over 2011, the 2012 conference was the largest to date.
The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout one’s life. It consists of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life, including those in the education, health, and parks and recreation sectors. A series of keynote speakers touched upon a variety of subjects including the importance of play throughout the human life cycle, as well as the best practices for incorporating play and physical activity into the daily lives of both children and adults.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the continued excitement the conference is building,” said Fran Mainella, co-chair of the US Play Coalition and visiting scholar at Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. “Our increasing attendance is validation for the interest in the importance of creating a lifetime of play.”
Over seventy educational sessions were available for attendees and included subjects such as multi-generational play, international play strategies, and the intergenerational research of play. One of the highlights of this year’s conference was the session given by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith who spoke about the importance of childhood play in athletic development.
“Our sponsorship and involvement with the US Play Coalition’s Annual Conference on the Value of Play is one of the highlights of our year at Little Tikes Commercial,” said Julie Ketcherside, Marketing Manager for Little Tikes Commercial. “Being surrounded by so many colleagues who are advocates for the value of play for children is truly an honor for us.”
To learn more about the Conference on the Value of Play, visit http://usplaycoalition.clemson.edu.
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