Today’s children are the least active in history. To combat this, Nike has introduced the Sport Changes Everything campaign, stemming from the belief that sport has the power to push ourselves and our world forward. As part of this new campaign, this past weekend Nike rolled out Go Play Day in select cities across the U.S., including our hometown Chicago.
On July 13th, Nike and the Chicago Park District transformed Harrison Park in Pilsen into every kid’s dream playground. Kids had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities like basketball, soccer, flag football, relay races, yoga, dancing and more. Elite athletes such as Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Red Stars forward Alyssa Mautz and Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp were all in attendance, encouraging the community to make play a habit of daily life so that kids can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.
Kids of all ages and skill levels were able to participate in Go Play Day. We might have even spotted some future stars out on the basketball courts:
Besides participating in organized sports, kids were also able to catch passes from Trubisky and learn dance routines from Instagram dance duo Chris and Debo:
The Sports Changes Everything campaign will continue with additional programming throughout the summer. In Chicago, Nike is launching a new, girls-only sports camp that exposes young women to a variety of different sports as well as health and wellness lessons aimed to increase confidence and build lifelong skills. Registration for the Girls Camp is open now at nike.com/chicago.
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"Never be intimidated by playing a sport. It helps you make friends and it doesn’t always have to be so competitive. It’s just a way to get out, move and be active.”- @amautz _ City of Chi, State of Play. Chicago showed out yesterday for #GoPlayDay _ Summer of play is here. Hit link in bio for upcoming camps, races and more. #sportchangeseverything