Communications & Advocacy Committee

The Communications & Advocacy committee will make coalition members and others aware of current and proposed legislation and other actions related to play, and is responsible for building a national campaign targeting professionals, trade associations, and citizens to:

  • Raise Awareness regarding the importance of Play and its positive impact on healthy living.
  • Galvanize individual and collective action to change perceptions and behaviors regarding the essential value of play. Our ultimate goal is to develop a plan that raises public awareness in regards to the importance of play and its positive impact on healthy living.
  • Amplify existing research and seek sustainable solutions regarding play as a value in society.
  • Generate the political will necessary to promote play as a means for building healthy productive lives.
  • Empower individuals to pursue play as a means to a balanced and healthy life.

The Summit on the Value of Play has raised critical questions about the challenges that lay before us to educate the public about the importance of free play for all.

Our society has, unfortunately, become fearful and timid about the sometimes-necessary consequences that come with the risks, challenges and immense learning that free play offers. Thus, parents often hesitate to allow their children to experience the valuable life lessons their kids can learn through play.

Public officials have in many cases eliminated these opportunities and facilities in fear of the costs associated with liability litigation.

Our committee and the coalition will provide you with information that we hope you will circulate, when appropriate, to your members and colleagues and take appropriate action. It is critical today that we experience play and reap the developmental rewards that it offers.

Committee Co-chairs

  • Rich Dolesh, NRPA, rdolesh@nrpa.org
  • Stephen Hamelin, Vortex International, shamelin@vortex-intl.com
  • Ken Kutska, International Playground Safety Institute, kskutska@aol.com
  • Rita Watts, The Play & Playground Encyclopedia, rita@playgroundprofessionals.com

 

 

"Play Time" exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art - May 22 to September 6 - The contemporary art show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

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  • Sacramento Play Summit - September 12 - The 3rd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

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  • Playground Maintenance Training in Sherwood, OR - October 1 to October 2 - The Playground Maintenance Certificate of Completion Program is an affordable, entry-level program to provide the knowledge required to perform regular inspections of play spaces. The two-day multimedia training program delivers practical information through print resources, presentations, and hands-on training. At the conclusion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion which serves as evidence of their newly acquired skill and knowledge. Email pmt@clemson.edu for details.

    International Walk to School Day 2015 - October 7 - International Walk to School Day 2015 will fall on Wednesday, October 7th. Communities and schools are using Walk to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old.