City of Mesa News Article
Mesa Positive Play Project receives state award
By: Lily King-Cisneros
08/18/14 10:26 AM

Aug. 18, 2014
Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119 

Mesa, AZ – Mesa Parks and Recreation in partnership with A.T. Still University, Positive Coaching Alliance, Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, NextCare Urgent Care and East Valley Sports were the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Program Award.  The award was presented during the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA) award banquet held on August 18, 2014.  

“We are thrilled to have this new program that was launched this year to win the Outstanding Program Award from APRA,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Director, Marc Heirshberg said. “We couldn’t have done this without our dedicated partners, staff and volunteers.”

Positive Play Project encourages wellness and development in youth sports. The initiative is an active support system for coaches, parents, participants, staff and the community by providing high quality trainings, resources and outreach.    

Since launching in fall 2013, more than 1,800 youth, 110 volunteer coaches and countless number of parents have directly benefitted from the trainings and resources. Hundreds of community members have also directly benefitted from the resources and outreach opportunities at our local events.

“The Positive Play Project has really been well received by the community and I am so proud to have this initiative be a game changer in youth sports,” Mesa, Parks and Recreation Programmer, Lacy Beinowski said.  “This award really is special because so many people are behind it including our amazing kids, parents, volunteer coaches and partners.”

Positive Play Project provides training in: sportsmanship, positive coaching, concussion awareness, injury prevention, equipment and safety gear access, hydration and nutrition, and financial assistance. Partners include: A.T. Still University, Positive Coaching Alliance, NextCare Urgent Care, ASU College of Health Solutions, and East Valley Sports.

“A.T. Still University's Athletic Training Program is proud to be a Positive Play Project partner,” said Professor and Program Director of Athletic
Training, Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA. "Providing education and outreach services in the areas of concussion, heat illness, injury prevention and other areas will create a safer and more enjoyable experience for all young athletes who participate in Mesa Youth Sports.”

The Positive Play Project also provides unique services for the community by helping increase the quality of life of Mesa residents, in particular kids and their parents. By teaming up with local communities, the initiative brings Youth Sports into local areas and provides collaborative problem solving and support as well as programming on-site.

The Positive Play Project will be hosting a free “Sports Health and Safety Expo” on Sat., Sept. 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe Rd.  The expo is free and open to the public.

To sign up or to learn more about this award winning program, visit:  


About APRA

Arizona Parks and Recreation Association is non-profit organization that provides professional development, advocacy and resources to all who enhance quality of life through parks, recreation and environmental conservation. To learn more about APRA visit them online at:  


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