College of Health, Education and Human Development

Duke Energy Foundation Supports Value of Play

Fran Mainella and Brett Wright of Clemson's parks, recreation and tourism management department, who co-chair the US Play Coalition; Dean Larry Allen of the College of Health, Education and Human Development; and Steadman Sugg and Travis Sinclair of Duke Energy
Fran Mainella and Brett Wright of Clemson's parks, recreation and tourism management department, who co-chair the US Play Coalition; Dean Larry Allen of the College of Health, Education and Human Development; and Steadman Sugg and Travis Sinclair of Duke Energy.
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The Duke Energy Foundation wants to see people play more.

The foundation has donated $5,000 to Clemson University to support the February Conference on the Value of Play, sponsored by the US Play Coalition and Clemson University’s department of parks, recreation and tourism management.

Steadman Sugg and Travis Sinclair, who work in recreation and planning for such Duke Energy properties as Keowee and Jocassee lakes, presented a check to the US Play Coalition to support the Feb. 6-9, 2011, conference at the Madren Conference Center.

“It’s our pleasure to support a cause like this one,” said Sugg, Duke Energy project manager. “I think in these days of high-stress living, when we’re all more aware of our need for exercise, it’s important to remind people of the value of play.” Sugg said the gift is part of a long and fruitful relationship between Duke Energy and Clemson University.

Fran Mainella, co-chairwoman of the US Play Coalition, thanked Sugg and Sinclair for delivering their support.

“Duke Energy through this donation shows its support of the critical role play has in society,” Mainella said. “Our conference is open to all and will further spread the message: Play is a basic human need and essential to human development.”

Attendees at the Summit on the Value of Play last year developed action steps to encourage play among people of all ages. The formation of the US Play Coalition was one of those steps. This year’s conference will allow attendees to share and learn about research in support of play. The conference will emphasize the health and education implications of play while focusing on the role of parks and recreation in facilitating play.

The US PLAY Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. It is made up of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. The US Play Coalition is housed in Clemson University’s College of Health, Education and Human Development.