Hershey’s Track & Field Games Come to Detroit {and a Giveaway!}

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This Saturday, the Hershey’s Track and Field Games will be held in Detroit at the Adam Butzel recreation center.  Children ages 9 – 14 will have the opportunity to participate in a FREE track meet!

The HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games are the largest youth sports program of its kind in North America, with hundreds of thousands of children competing every year. Everyone has a chance to be among the 480 athletes who qualify to compete at the North American Final. The HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games has produced many Olympic medalists and competing athletes.

Don’t leave younger brothers or sisters at home; there will be plenty of family fun including hopscotch, relay races and more.  Detroit Mommies will be there too, passing out free goodies such as jump ropes and sidewalk chalk.

Detroit Mommies is proud to be working with Hershey’s at their 35th Annual Track and Field Games in Detroit along with the Detroit Parks & Rec department, American Council on Exercise and P.A.C.TION..  We’re so pleased that a company we love is encouraging kids to get active!  You might be surprised to learn that the Hershey company has a long history of helping children.

From HersheysTrackandField.com:

Milton S. Hershey, founder of The Hershey Company, believed that money should be used to help others. Even though Mr. Hershey and his wife were childless, their focus was on the youth and their welfare. In 1909, Mrs. Hershey came up with the idea of housing and educating 100 orphans at a boys school. Mr. Hershey wholeheartedly supported the idea.

Following Mrs. Hershey’s premature death in 1915, Mr. Hershey donated $60 million to the School. Today, the Milton Hershey School houses and educates approximately 1,300 boys and girls whose family life has been disrupted.

Participating in the upcoming track meet is easy!  You can register in advance online or show up in person starting at 8AM this Saturday.  In addition to being able to register at HersheysTrackandField.com, you can also download this super-fun Run Jump Throw party guide with fun ideas for getting active in your own back yard or living room.

Event Details:
Date:     Saturday, June 16
Time:    9:00 a.m.
Place:    Adam Butzel Rec Center 10500 Lyndon, Detroit MI 48238

To help celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Hershey’s Track and Field Games, we’re giving away a gift bag with fun things to help you and your kids get active including:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Jump rope
  • Wiffle Balls
  • Bean bags
  • Sidewalk chalk

Win It!

A Hershey’s Track and Field Prize Pack!

Entry Requirements

Tell us, in the comments section below, how you encourage your kids to get active.


The Fine Print

No purchase necessary to enter.  Open to legal residents of MICHIGAN, must be least 18 years of age to enter. Winner will be selected randomly through http://random.org. Detroit Mommies writers and contributors are ineligible to participate. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. Detroit Mommies is not responsible products shipped from outside vendors or sponsors.  The contest will close on June 24, 2012 @ 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Winners must respond to Detroit Mommies within 24 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

Disclosure: Detroit Mommies was provided the prize for this giveaway.  All opinions expressed are those of those author.


  1. Christopher Sorel says

    Our kids have to play outside 4 times as much for tv. Meaning want to watch a 1/2 hour show then 2 hours of fun activity outside…no just sitting in tree house

  2. Adam Swallow says

    I encourage my kids to be active by trying as often as I can to play outside with them. We often play catch, go for nature walks, bike ride, swim, play tennis ( on the wall) and anything else that inspires them to stay outside instead of inside watching TV. It’s Extreamly difficult at times, but the activities that my wife and I show them ofen encourage them to want to play outside with their friends.

  3. HappyMomC says

    We encourage our kids to play after school and also have weekend outdoor activities planned.

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