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06 May 2014

Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run Comes to Fit Kids Playground

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Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run Team Comes to Fit Kids Playground in Tampa Bay, Florida

4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 6th
Curtis Hixon Park
Tampa, Florida

International runners will pass the Torch at Fit Kids Playground on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Curtis Hixon Park.

A 12-member Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run team from 6 different countries left New York on April 19th and will be 4-months on the road running over 10,000 miles across the US, Mexico and Canada. Along the way the torch relay visits schools, youth organizations and local events to give everyone an opportunity to express their own wishes for peace. Millions of people in over 140 countries worldwide have participated in events with the Peace Run since 1987 as they strive to promote friendship and understanding among all.

Joining the team Today will be Cathy Oerter, wife of Olympian Al Oerter and co-founder of Art of the Olympians and Lesley Bush, gold-medalist in diving from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Come hold the Peace Torch and run or walk as the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run team shares their experiences of harmony around the world and here at home.

For more information on todays events, please contact:
Marisa Langford
Founder, Fit Kids Playground

11 Oct 2013

Recess Is Much More Than Just Play

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More Than Play—Why Recess Matters

The era when teachers gladly ushered children out the door for recess may not be entirely gone, but it is threatened by pressures related to school funding, curriculum priorities and lack of facilities available for play. People from earlier generations tend to remember with fondness when recess was a tradition so ingrained in schools that it was practically a component of education.

Benefits of recess

The key component of recess that is different than physical education classes is unstructured play. Children, unhindered by rules and given the right environment to interact, talk at will and exercise in playful ways, receiving all sorts of benefits that aren’t usually charted or documented by tests or other measurements.

Just as adults derive benefits such as stress release and increased strength and stamina from exercise, children need to move their bodies and raise their heart rates during a school day or other structured activity.


As a mother of 3 elementary school-age children, I feel that recess is such an important part of the day for all of them. They learn so many valuable lessons during recess and I do not like to hear about schools cutting recess time or limiting the children’s unstructured playtime. I read an article 3 years ago in the Tampa Bay Times about why recess is to important to give up. Every parent should read it and begin to look at the school their children attend and analyze their schedule. I believe in the power of letting children play and the Fit Kids Playground program fully supports the unstructured play movement.

“Our children need some peace in their day, some free time, some time to just be kids. That is their right.”- Meg Rosker, Founder of Let Children Play


Disclosure: This article was a sponsored post and was co-writter by David Reeves, Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. Playland Inc., is a total solutions manufacturer and supplier to many industries, with its roots deep in the park and playground markets including churches, schools, and day care centers. It has developed into the only company in its field to offer direct to all of its customers, the ability to purchase outdoor playgrounds, shelters, shade, indoor playgrounds, water slides and site amenities. Connect with SII on LinkedIn or Facebook.


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19 Jul 2013

Back to School Blast with the Tampa Yankees!

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Tampa, Fla. – The Tampa Yankees will host their annual “Back to School Blast” on Friday, July 26th. The event will feature a face painter, bounce house and various other kids’ games, with a variety of prizes available for kids and parents who are seeking a fun night together before school resumes. In addition to the festivities, there will be a post game fireworks display sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Tampa Yankees game against the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs at 7:00 p.m.

The first 250 children, 14 years old and under, will receive a Tampa Yankees themed back pack with school supplies upon entry to George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Fans are encouraged to bring any school supplies, books, or non-perishable items to donate to Metropolitan Ministries. Fans that make a donation will receive a free general admission ticket to the game. Tickets start at just $4 per person. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the George M. Steinbrenner Field box office.

The Tampa Yankees are the Single-A Advanced affiliate of the New York Yankees. For more information on the Tampa Yankees visit or call (813) 673-3055.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
It has been reposted from the Tampa Yankees official web page.

19 Jul 2013

Lee Roy Selmon’s Celebrates Family Dinners

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The one thing I really have made a priority in our house are family dinners. We always sat and ate dinner as a family as I was growing up and I have tried to do it with my family too.

But of course, it is not always easy to make this happen. With four kids, baseball games, gymnastics, nap schedules or homework, finding the time to cook and sit down can be a challenge. But, tired or not, I will always try to make it work.

We were invited to Lee Roy Selmon’s to have a family dinner and check out their new “Kids Eat Free” Monday’s. I was looking forward to this meal all week! Not only was it amazing food, I often welcome a break where I can enjoy my meal, my kids, the conversation and the fact that I don’t have to clean up the dishes for once.

We visited the Boy Scout Road location, by International Plaza. They have 7 other Tampa Bay area locations too. Our service was perfect and the staff could not have been more friendly to us and any family that visited their store.

The Southern style BBQ that everyone raves about completely lived up to its reputation. Jake and Mia enjoyed the kids ribs and licked eveyone clean! I also loved that they had healthy side options, like broccoli, for my kids to pair with their meal too! Plenty of food for everyone and the most enjoyable dinner time we have had in a while!

I also learned about a few other specials they were offering as well! They have a Victory Hour (or Happy Hour) Mondays- Fridays from 4-7pm, where they have drink and appetizer specials for $3. And all summer long, they have some amazine “Summer Bowl” specials that come with crisp veggies, Selmon’s signature rice and amazing smoked meat.

And of course the sports atmosphere with all the Lee Roy Selmon memoribilia had us conversing at dinner about sports and who Lee Roy Selmon was! It was so much fun to walk around the restaurant and talk sports history with the kids.

I hope that you visit Lee Roy Selmon’s sometime this summer and relax with your family, while saving a few dollars that we all work so hard to make. Family dinners are meant to be enjoyed and sharing good food with the people you love will always make for a memorable dining experience.

To find a Lee Roy Selmon location near you click here.
*I was invited to come and dine at Lee Roy Selmon’s in retun for my honest opinion about my experience. All opinions are my own.

17 Jul 2013

Get in the Game with GTE and the Rays!

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Get in the Game with GTE and the Rays!

Our partners, GTE Financial and The Rays have some exciting news to share! We hope you’ll get in the game too!

GTE and the Tampa Bay Rays are partnering together to offer you a huge opportunity to win a chance to participate in a number of unique Rays baseball experiences!

Please join us on Saturday, September 21st for the Rays vs Orioles game and see GTE get in the game!!! Now through August 31st, members will have many opportunities to win a chance to participate in a special, on field experience at the game.

Members have the opportunity to win a chance to:

Throw the 1st Pitch:

One lucky GTE member who opens a GTE Visa credit card before August 15 and fills out an entry form online at will win 4 tickets and a chance to throw out the 1st pitch at the 9/21 game.

Have their child play the Carvel Cap Shuffle:

Any adult who opens an Early Saver account for their loved one and fills out an entry form at will win 4 tickets to the 9/21 game and a chance to see their child (ages 5-10 only) do the Carvel Cap Shuffle challenge during the game.

Sing the National Anthem:

Sing the National Anthem on Game Day! Win a chance to sing the National Anthem at the 9/21 game. The contest will run in 3 phases:

1. July 1-21: Record and upload a video of yourself singing the National Anthem.

2. July 22 – August 2: Vote for your favorite submission on Facebook.

3. August 5: 3 finalists chosen and winner announced 8/12.

Visit details (you do not have to be a member of GTE Financial to enter the Sing the National Anthem contest).

Member Appreciation Party

Members, employees, and their friends and family are invited to join us at the GTE Pre-Game party on Saturday, September 21 from 4:30 – 6:30 – before the Rays vs Orioles game. No tickets are needed for the party so please stop by if you can!

Where: Tropicana Field, outside Gate 4

When: Saturday, September 21, 4:30-6:30

What: Free hotdogs, refreshments, giveaways, and one lucky group will win the chance to sing the 7th Inning Stretch during the game!