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A good message for kids

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The aftermath of baseball’s steroid controversy spawned some positive messages along with all of the deceit and deception, and those messages will be heard Wednesday at Nationals Park when the Washington Nationals participate in a program with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Association (PBATS) to promote healthy living and decision making among children in America.

The program, called “PLAY,” which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a public awareness campaign by PBATS, in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Nationals catcher Wil Nieves, pitcher Saul Rivera and head trainer Lee Kuntz will take part in the program, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at Nationals Park for 100 Washingnton area youngsters ages 11 to 18.

Also participating will be Don Hooton, the father of Taylor Hooton, who hung himself in 2003 from what was believed to be the effects of withdrawal from steroids, Hooton has since established the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate young people on the dangers of steroid use.

- Thom Loverro

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