Boys & Girls Clubs, SafeLawns Find Common Ground
Calling the Boys & Girls Clubs of America attendees inspirational community leaders, SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey challenged the organization to help keep communities across the nation pesticide free wherever children play.
“I want you to know about the Child Safe Playing Fields Act that keeps toxic weed and insect killers off playgrounds and playing fields statewide in New York,” said Tukey, who was selected as a keynote presenter, along with co-author Victoria Rowell, at the Boys & Girls Clubs 106th annual convention held in San Diego last Wednesday through Friday. “Connecticut and New York are the only two states to have that sort of protection in place. With your help, we can — and should — extend that protection to the other 48 states.”
Tukey and Rowell’s primary message to the audience of club directors and staff focused on their new book, Tag, Toss & Run and SafeLawns’ new national campaign titled “Lawn Games for Life.”
“Playing these games teaches a set of life skills that you never get from computer games,” said Rowell, who detailed her own childhood in her best-selling 2007 memoir titled The Women Who Raised Me. She credited her experiences at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Massachusetts for helping build a life foundation that later led to leading roles in numerous television and movie projects, including The Young & the Restless, Diagnosis: Murder and Dumb and Dumber.
Near the conclusion of their talk the authors share some of their favorite games from their book, which was released on March 27. Boys & Girls Club directors enthusiastically competed in old-fashioned wheelbarrow races, as well as hoop trundling played with wooden hoops crafted by the Cooperman Company of Bellows Falls, Vt.
“It was very inspirational,” said Wayne B. Moss, senior director of the Sports, Fitness & Recreation Program for the Boys & Girls Clubs. “It’s clear we share a lot of common ground in our message to get children playing again.”