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2013 March 14th Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

Con­tact: Nico­la Vidali           Phone: 404–798-6679              E-Mail: nicv@atlcp.org

March 14th, 2013

ATLANTA CONTACTPOINT (ACP) HOSTS PLAYDAY EVENT

OFFERS MORE THAN 20 ACTIVITIES IN LOCAL PARKS TO PROMOTE HEALTHIER & HAPPIER COMMUNITIES

ATLANTAOn Sat­ur­day, March 16th Atlanta Con­tact­Point (ACP) will host its next PLAYDAY at Bessie Bran­ham Park in Kirk­wood. The event–one of sev­er­al sched­uled to take place in Atlanta area parks over the course of the next sev­er­al months–will run from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. ACP will part­ner with a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions to offer atten­dees over 20 dif­fer­ent types of activ­i­ties in an effort to pro­mote healthy liv­ing for hap­pi­er com­mu­ni­ties.

Atlanta Con­tact­Point is a Geor­gia 501©(3) non­profit orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished in 2012 which seeks to engage chil­dren and adults through the pow­er of play. ACP’s vision is to pro­vide Atlanta’s intown com­mu­ni­ties with a state-of-the art, indoor and out­door recre­ation space where chil­dren and adults of all socio-eco­nom­ic back­grounds can come togeth­er to play and learn; the PLAYDAY series is a pre­cur­sor to the cre­ation of such a space. Over 75 orga­ni­za­tions, pri­vate busi­ness­es and notable fig­ures par­tic­i­pate in ACP’s PLAYDAY Pro­gram, among them the Atlanta Youth Soc­cer Asso­ci­a­tion (AYSA), the Atlanta Braves, Healthy Kids Geor­gia, Atlanta Belt­Line, Blaze Sports, and soc­cer star Jill Mal­oney.

We start­ed our PLAYDAY pro­gram last year at Can­dler Park and more than 600 atten­dees were engaged in many sports and well­ness activ­i­ties. This is when we real­ized that our vision and inten­tion were very well received by the com­mu­ni­ty,” says David Epstein, founder of ACP. “We need more space and pro­grams intown which pro­mote con­scious liv­ing. ACP is focused on cre­at­ing ways to con­nect the dots between sports-cen­tered and social-needs based orga­ni­za­tions in Atlanta.

PLAYDAY events empow­er indi­vid­u­als to step off-line to play and push to com­bat the grow­ing prob­lems of inac­tiv­i­ty, vir­tu­al play, and poor eat­ing habits affect­ing youth and adults today”. They also lay the ground­work for the acqui­si­tion of a site that sup­port long-term pro­grams and part­ner­ship inte­grat­ing  fit­ness, nutri­tion, the arts, envi­ron­men­tal respon­si­bil­ity and com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment.  The Atlanta Con­tact­Point facil­i­ty would serve as both a social and phys­i­cal space that sup­ports the health of Atlanta’s intown com­mu­ni­ties.

2013 PLAYDAY Pro­gram Sched­ule:              

Edge­wood-Coan Park–April 20, 2013

Grant Park–May 12, 2013

Can­dler Park–Sep­tem­ber 21,2013

Old Fourth Ward Park–Octo­ber 5, 2013

Pied­mont Park–Octo­ber 19, 2013

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