Thursday, May 29, 2014

Philadelphia Sports & Education Expo May 31-June 1, Special Guests Include Eagle's Kevin Reilly, Angelo Cataldi, Mitch Albom, Jay Johnstone & More

Kevin Reilly will present an award to
Jason Garstkiewicz at the Philadelphia Sports & Education Expo
On May 31, former Philadelphia Eagles captain, amputee and cancer survivor Kevin Reilly, broadcaster on the Philadelphia Eagles Network, will present an MVP EXPY (Excellence in Preserving Youth Sports) award to Haddonfield, NJ HS freshman athlete Jason Garstkiewicz (pictured in football uniform), a fellow cancer survivor and amputee, who plays football, basketball and lacrosse. Jason, who has been supported by Go 4 the Goal-Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Cherry Hill, will additionally present an award to the Foundation, one of several awards being bestowed at the Convention Center in Philadelphia during the Sports & Education Expo weekend May 31-June 1. 

What is the Sports and Education Expo?
The Sports & Education Expo ( is the first combined family and youth  sports professional event of its type anywhere. Launching in Philadelphia, it provides multiple sports, education and health & wellness resources in 130,000 square feet to families and professionals.  It will be held at the Convention Center.

Philadelphia Eagles' Kevin Reilly
Festivities: Autographs, Celebrities, Entertainment, a Dozen Interactive Sports, Mascots and Giant Inflatables, Cheerleaders, Pro-Philly Teams, Riversharks, Clinics, Demos, Expert Workshops. 

The expo is also honoring active-duty military and veterans in Philadelphia’s Year of the Veteran, with a Patriots Basecamp all weekend with free resources for transitioning military members and families. 

Calendar of Events 

Kids, ages 5-18,will experience all of the following and more: 
 Sample numerous interactive sports from Fishing to Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Basketball, 
Football (& Flag Football), Golf, Field Hockey, Soccer, even Kronum! Parents can try too! 
 Attend clinics for all levels of play 
 Learn how to stay safe and avoid injuries and take a Virtua combine endurance test 
 Run through the Giant Philadelphia Soul helmet, hit golf balls into Golfzilla and much more 
 If already an athlete, find out how to compete at a more advanced level & play in college 
 Hear about the mental skills aspect of sports from coaches and psychologists 
 Receive a yearly HS roadmap to college, including social media cautionary tips 

Parents and sports professionals will listen to experts on the following topics and more: 
 Bullying, Harassment & Intimidation 
 Positive coaching from CEO/Founder of Positive Coaching Alliance 
 Positive Sports Parenting from psychologist, & also an NFL sports mom 
 Sports injury prevention, including sports injuries specific to females, nutrition & more 
 How to pay for college and new NCAA rules 
 Re-examining youth sports in America—free play vs. organized sports 

Why the Expo?
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Jay Johnstone
After personally experiencing “the good, the bad and the ugly” in youth sports, as sports parents and former youth athletes, including play-ending injuries, the managing partners behind the EXPO, are helping to guide other parents and professionals to enhance the “good,” including proven better grades, fewer discipline issues and greater employer recruitment of student athletes, by keeping kids in the game (70% drop out by age 13), and helping encourage better life balance and safer play. More than 3.5 million kids under 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries annually. The Expo provides all needed resources under one roof.