Thu, June 28 2012 - Six Finalists Announced for CLIF Kid® Backyard Game of the Year: Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley and Best-Selling Author Richard Louv to Serve as Judges at July 14 Playoffs in San Francisco
EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 28, 2012 – CLIF Kid®, maker of organic snacks for active kids, today announced six finalists for the second annual Backyard Game of the Year contest. CLIF Kid challenged kids across the country to reconnect with imaginative outdoor play by inventing the most creative backyard game. On July 14, the six finalists will unveil their games at Marina Green in San Francisco for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship and other prizes at the Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs.
Free to the public, kids from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond are invited to join CLIF Kid for a lively afternoon of playing the finalists’ backyard games. A celebrity panel of judges, which include U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist in Freestyle Skiing, Jonny Moseley, and best-selling author and outdoor play advocate, Richard Louv, will watch the games in action and decide who wins this year’s Backyard Game of the Year title.
“As a kid, I spent a lot of time outside, jumping off of things, cardboard sliding and building skate ramps and forts. Getting creative outside is a huge part of who I was then and who I am now,” said Moseley. “As a parent, I am even more aware that kids need the encouragement and the freedom to run around outside. I look forward to every chance I have at helping kids lead fun, active lives and I am really excited to be a part of an awesome day at CLIF Kid’s Backyard Game Playoffs.”
The six finalists are:
• Dance Tag by Lana, age 7, Peculiar, Mo.
• Footloose Derby by Madison, age 7, Port Orange, Fla.
• North Pole South Pole by Abigail, age 7, Albany, Ore.
• Sidewalk Chalk Adventure by Healy, age 6, Wolfeboro, N.H.
• Tortoise & the Hare Ball by Dhani, age 8, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
• Zombie Hunt by Jack, age 8, Greenfield, Wis.
“Kids’ imaginations ignite when they play outside,” said Louv. “At the Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs, we’re going to see creativity in action. Outdoor play is such a key part of kids’ health and cognitive development; it will be thrilling to watch these kids as they inspire others to join in the fun.”
Results from a 2012 national survey conducted by Kelton Research, commissioned by CLIF Kid, revealed that most parents agree kids who play outdoors tend to be healthier (84%), more adventurous (81%) and stronger (71%). The survey also revealed that while parents believe kids should ideally get 13 hours of outdoor playtime each week, kids are only averaging nine hours.
The 2012 Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs will take place Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Marina Green in San Francisco, along Marina Boulevard near Scott Street. The Backyard Game of the Year will be selected by a panel of guest judges including best-selling author Richard Louv, who coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder®, and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, known for inventing the Dinner Roll ski trick. The first 200 kids will receive a free t-shirt and free organic snacks will be on hand to nourish kids while they play. Event details are available at www.clifkidbackyardgame.com.
“CLIF Kid knows that parents want their kids to lead active and healthy lives,” said Jennifer Yun, brand director for CLIF Kid. “That’s why we are so excited to host the second annual Backyard Game of the Year to connect kids with the joy and benefits of playing outside more often. We are always impressed with the creative entries we receive from kids across the country, and every year it is hard to pick the top entries for the Playoffs. We look forward to seeing the finalists’ games come alive in July.”
Backyard game ideas were submitted online by kids ages 6-12 and their parents between March 20 and June 17, 2012. The six finalists were selected based on the contest criteria, which look for the game’s originality, creativity and ability to be played outside using basic household items. These six kids will appear at the CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs to present their games. Each finalist will receive a Marin1 bicycle and a Bell2 helmet. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 educational scholarship and the five runners-up will each win a $1,000 educational scholarship.
All six games will be available for download on the CLIF Kid Backyard Game website after the Playoffs. To further reach families and motivate kids to engage in more outdoor play, the winning game will be reproduced and donated to Children & Nature Network, a non-profit organization working to reconnect kids with nature. Please visit http://www.childrenandnature.org for more information.
About CLIF Kid
CLIF Kid makes organic snacks that are specially-created for kids’ growing bodies, developing taste buds and active lives. The snack line features more of the nutrients that growing bodies need most in flavors kids crave with CLIF Kid Zbar, a whole grain snack bar that comes in soft-baked and crispy varieties, and CLIF Kid Zfruit, a tangy, chewy fruit rope offering a full serving of organic fruit. For more information, please visit www.clifkid.com and check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clifkid.
About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious, organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® BAR energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and healthy snacks, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its business, brands, people, community and the planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit www.clifbar.com, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clifbar and follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/clifbar.
Recently Clif Bar & Company was ranked the No. 1 brand in the Forbes Breakaway Brands survey, conducted by Landor Associates using Young & Rubicam’s Brand Asset Valuator database measuring brand momentum from 2006 to 2009.