September 24, 2011 is ‘Worldwide Day of Play’ event in Washington, D.C.
On September 24, 2011, Washington, D.C. will transform into an active play zone. As the U.S. Congress has officially declared the date as the “Worldwide Day of Play” there will be activities held on the Ellipse, which is located south of the White House. The event first began on October 2, 2004 and is hosted by Nickelodeon. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed H.Res 410 on September 23, 2011 which officially declared the 24th of September as the day to focus on healthy activities.
Nickelodeon Networks President Cyma Zaghami released a statement about the resolution that was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) as well as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI). She stated, “We are honored that the U.S. Congress has embraced and recognized this cause to encourage kids to have healthy and active lifestyles, and we are grateful for the support of Senators Gillibrand and Ayotte, and Congresswoman Fudge. This is an issue that directly impacts our audience, and we are proud to have so many partner organizations spreading this important message with us.”
The Washington, D.C. event, also known as “Nick Day of Play “begins at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and will take place whether rain or shine. Performances by “Big Time Rush” and “Fresh Beat Band” are planned and more than fifty partner organizations have set up activities to get kids up, moving and playing.
According to the official “Worldwide Day of Play”website, there is a “who’s who’s” of kid and teen celebrities that will perform including “The Power Rangers,” Cymphonique Miller and Max Schneider from “How to Rock,” Jeff Sutphen from “Family Brain Surge, Ryan Potter, Gracie Dzienny and Carlos Knight from “Supah Ninjas, “McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Noah Munck, and Jerry Trainor from “iCarly,” Victoria Justice, Liz Gillies, Ariana Grande, Avan Jogia, Leon Thomas, Matt Bennett and Daniella Monet from “Victorious,” James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, and Carlos Pena from “Big Time Rush,” and Taylor Gray, Dillon Lane and Ashley Argota from “Bucket and Skinner!”
In addition to the events planned not only in Washington, D.C. but in local areas as well, Nickelodeon will shut down their television programming as well as their website from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.
Click the video player to the left where First Lady Michelle Obama talks about the Worldwide Day of Play where she states she will join in and play.