Kennesaw Day of Play draws 500 to Swift-Cantrell
by Rachel Miller
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Kids and adults participate in a tug-of-war competition at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw as part of the Worldwide Day of Play sponsored by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Pulling on the rope includes, from left, Matt Jezubciks, Aniyah Suggs, Fletcher Cate, Annie Sevier and Thaddeus Suggs.
Kids and adults participate in a tug-of-war competition at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw as part of the Worldwide Day of Play sponsored by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Pulling on the rope includes, from left, Matt Jezubciks, Aniyah Suggs, Fletcher Cate, Annie Sevier and Thaddeus Suggs.
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KENNESAW — For four hours Saturday at Swift-Cantrell Park, about a mile east of downtown Kennesaw, the adults were outnumbered by kids running to various game stations throughout the rolling grassy field.

The Kennesaw Day of Play included areas teaching skills in soccer, golf, football and volleyball, with little white signs that read, “Come play with us.”

The event was in Kennesaw for the first time last year, with more than 500 people at the park.

Two sisters and a brother in the Rodriguez family, Simone, 8, Sheyanne, 10, and Sebastian, 12, of Kennesaw, came to the Day of Play on Saturday, as well as last year.

“I like being outside,” Sebastian said.

Simone and Sebastian said they were excited to climb the 20-foot rock wall all the way to the top again.

Sheyanne said she likes the thicker and heavier hula hoops that swing around her neck and arms for a longer time.

If a collection of brightly colored hula hoops wasn’t enough of a throwback to a past era of kid’s games, the Kennesaw Day of Play also had a Ping-Pong table, bubble station and tetherball stands.

Josh Reneau, 22, of Stone Mountain said it is nice to see a new generation of kids unplug from technology and have fun with old-fashioned games.

“Kids are so glued to their computers, tablets and video games,” said Reneau, a KSU student who volunteers at area events with his Delta Sigma Pi fraternity at least four times a semester.

“We are wherever they want to put us,” Reneau said. “We try to help out as best we can.”

Jennifer Legens and her 3-year-old daughter, Joselyn, live right around the corner from Swift-Cantrell Park, which they visit several times a week.

Legens, who moved from St. Louis seven months ago, said she came to the Kennesaw Day of Play to be active and stay busy.

“I want to teach her about exercise,” Legens said about Joselyn, who started playing in a soccer league a month ago.

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