City of Mesa News Article
Positive Play Project with Mesa Parks and Recreation
By: Lily King-Cisneros
09/10/13 10:23 AM

September 10, 2013
Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119

Mesa, AZ – So much of sports today is geared towards winning.  While we want to encourage our youth to be competitive, it is often difficult to find programs that focus on having fun and sportsmanship as well as providing resources for families of young athletes.   
Mesa Parks & Recreation has created the Positive Play Project to help fill this void and provide a much needed service for families. The new initiative was developed by Mesa Youth Sports and partners with Positive Coaching Alliance, A.T. Still University, NextCare Urgent Care, ASU College of Health Solutions, and East Valley Sports. Positive Play Project encourages the development and wellness of participants in youth sports and provides an active support system for coaches, parents, participants, staff and the community.
“Sports is a great learning tool for young people.” Mesa Parks and Recreation Specialist, Lacy Bienkowski said.  “We want to make sure we are providing our families with the best people, resources and programs we can and the Positive Play Project does just that.  We believe providing well-rounded programs that anyone in the community has access to will make the youth sports experience better.”
Positive Play Project will provide high quality trainings, resources, and outreach in positive coaching, concussion awareness, injury prevention, equipment and safety gear access, hydration and nutrition.

"This partnership with Mesa Youth Sports and our involvement in the Positive Play Project will allow us to share our expertise in the areas of youth sport safety,” A.T. Still University Professor, Tamara C. Valovich McLeod said.  "ATSU Athletic Training faculty and students will develop educational materials for athletes, parents, and coaches, present at educational seminars, and work with Mesa Parks and Recreation at outreach events to share information about youth sports safety."

Outreach events will be made available to participants in Mesa youth sport programs. The first event will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Fall Youth Sports Kick-off Celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fitch Park, 651 N. Center St.  Partners will be onsite to provide resources for participants and their families. This event is free and open to everyone.

Additional outreach events will be held throughout the year. Resource materials can also be found on the Youth Sports website at

For more information please contact, Lacy Bienkowski with Mesa Parks and Recreation at (480) 644-3040 or email at:  Visit Mesa youth sport website at: for additional information.

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