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Adventist partners with the baseball team to offer kids pregame activities July 15

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Dillon the Pickle will be on hand at the Sunday, July 15, childrens health fair at Walker Stadium in Lents. Children can patch up a stuffed animal or do the same pregame stretches as the Portland Pickles baseball team at a health fair hosted by Adventist Health Portland before the Pickles' game on Sunday, July 15.

"The Kids Fair is a great opportunity to meet people who help keep our community healthy and safe. Creating positive experiences with local first responders, as well as health care workers, helps kids build comfortable associations with these people, live healthier lives and be more prepared for emergencies," said David Russell, president of Adventist Health Portland, through a spokeswoman.

The pregame health fair will feature lots of fun, health-related activities. The fair is free, but you have to buy a ticket to the game to participate.

Children can create "positive pebbles," by painting encouraging messages or designs on rocks. The paint and stones will be provided.

Kids can tour an ambulance provided by American Medical Response and ask questions about being a first responder. There also will be a hands-only CPR class.

In Teddy Bear Triage, children can wrap bandages and set splints on teddy bears supplied by the team, or bring a favorite bear from home.

In a fun session with the team's physical therapy department, children can do the same pre-game stretch routine practiced by their favorite Pickles players.

There also will be activity and information booths sponsored by Humana Health Insurance, Spark for Autism and others.

"Health and wellness are lifelong behaviors that are best achieved as a team effort. As a health care team, we're excited to partner with kids and their families to inspire health, wholeness and hope for the future," Russell said.

The July 15 game against the Kelowna Falcons from British Columbia will be at the Pickles Walker Stadium at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard in Southeast Portland's Lents neighborhood. July 15 is also "Faith and Family night" at the ballpark.

The Pickles are part of the 10-club West Coast League. The league is for college-eligible student-athletes in the Pacific Northwest.

Adventist Health also sponsors "Kids East Free" at every Sunday Pickles games. All children ages 12 and younger get a free hot dog, fruit and water at the game.

Gates at Walker Stadium will open for the health fair air at 3 p.m., and the first pitch is at 5:05 p.m.

Tickets range from $7 on the ball field berm, to $10 in the pavilion and $13 in the field box seats. Adventist Health Portland is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care network with 34 clinics in the Portland Metro Area. Adventist also provides home care and hospice service.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit PortlandPicklesBaseball.com, or call the club office at 503-775-3080 during business hours.

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