This just in from the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun:
More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents will join Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic. Participants will learn how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions and overuse and acute injuries. They will also learn the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).
WHO: Tina Charles, WNBA, Connecticut Sun
Kate Carr, President & CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide
Karen Phillips, Director of NYC Region, NY State Parks & Recreation
WHEN: 2pm – 4pm, Saturday, October 12, 2013
Speaking program from 2:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. followed by stretching and warm-up session led by Charles. One-on-one media availability immediately following warm up at 2:45 p.m.
WHERE: Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10031
Event will be held rain or shine.
WHAT: Safe Kids Worldwide with Tina Charles and her Hopey’s Heart Foundation have partnered to raise awareness about sports injury prevention and the importance of having AEDs on hand. The Sports Safety Clinic will feature interactive stations that teach children everything they need to know to stay in the game.
WHY: In 2012, 1.35 million children were seen in emergency departments for sports-related injuries. Female athletes are eight times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than male athletes. With some simple tips, we can keep our young athletes healthy, active and playing the games they love.
VISUALS: Children stretching and warming up led by Tina Charles
Tina Charles dribbling and playing basketball and shooting hoops with children
Children engaging in interactive safety demonstrations at different stations
Children using concussion goggles to simulate a concussion
Tina Charles with children as they learn about first aid preparedness.