PLAY Clinic.

"Kids from Howard County, Maryland participating in the Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Capmaign run along the warning track at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tuesday, June 28, 2011."

I shot the PLAY campaign’s now annual event at Camden Yards this morning. This year, Matt Wieters came out and spoke to the kids about living an active and healthy lifestyle.

I covered this event last year as well as an intern for the Baltimore Sun. I shot, edited, and produced a video of the clinic, which you can view here. You can also read my thoughts about that day. It’s interesting how they compare to this year. 

Video is a much more captivating medium for this type of event. Some of the lines these kids drop while they’re running around the field are too funny.

One of them told me he liked my tie.

‘O’besity Awareness.

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The Baltimore Orioles hosted the 2010 Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Campaign event on Tuesday. Orioles Head Athletic Trainer, Richie Bancells, and Orioles Pitcher, Brian Matusz, ran a fitness clinic for local kids, and talked to them about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Besides what’s in this video, I don’t have many thoughts about the event itself. My thoughts were elsewhere.

Although I’ve covered the Orioles nearly every week this summer, I hadn’t been down on the field since Opening Day. I was thrilled to be back on grassy turf, sweating it out on a 90-plus degree day in the middle of a record-setting Baltimore heat wave.

I always find working on the field of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to be extremely soothing. The symmetry, clean lines, and vast openness of the park are an escape from the chaos that fills the rest of the city. I took a few moments to meditate on the warning track in right field.

After being out there, I’ve found myself reminiscing on all the great memories from my time with the O’s.