That morning, 29 children wearing full baseball uniforms gathered in front of Hodges Gate, representing their little league teams with pride.
The New York Mets athletic training staff sat the children in the stadium seats along the first base line to discuss the importance of staying fit, stretching, exercising, etc., and answered their questions. Following the info-session, the training staff led them on to the field, where they were able to participate in classic baseball drills.
In left field one group was participating in stretching and high-step ladder drills; in center field another group practiced swinging on a batting tee; and in right field the third group ran cone drills followed by stretching. The Mets training staff ran all of these drills.
Following the athletic drills, the children were lead to the bullpen area to continue their conversation about healthy living. Mets Relief Pitcher, Sean Gilmartin, described his pre-game prep and Henry Schein Sales Representative, Justin Hickam, explained to them the importance of brushing your teeth, putting on sunscreen and staying hydrated. This highlighted how the little things can help you stay healthy and excel on the baseball field.
As the children exited the stadium they picked up a health care goody bag, provided by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. It consisted toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, among other toiletries and information on how to use each product.
Exciting children about healthy lifestyles is so important and hosting these PLAY events at locations like Citi Field really help excite them to implement new habits.