Peanut Free Stadiums
NUThing stands in our way
Now that our project has been set into action and there is a peanut free section, we are now going to have to advertise to try and fill these seats. This past week was the forum, where we got to present our project and get feedback from parents and teachers. The forum went very well and many people were interested in helping our group accomplish our goal of getting as many kids the opportunity to go to this game. Many parents even gave us suggestions to contact nut allergists and tell them to advertise the game to their patients. This was a very smart suggestion and we are totally ready to use this suggestion as one of our next steps even as this project ends. Along with this, we will also be attempting to post an advertisement for the peanut free game on the Windward website, to hopefully attract a few more people with peanut allergies. By advertising around the school and with doctors around the city we will for sure be able to fill these 296 seats. We are hoping to fill up this section and impact our community as much as possible.
The Dodger have chosen a date and the peanut free day is up and running. We thought the game was a day where the whole stadium free of peanuts, but in fact it is only one section. Although this is much less than the whole stadium, it is still enough to fit hundreds of people and giving them a risk free day of watching baseball. The Dodgers organization has already sent out an advertisement that gives people who would like to buy tickets, many different easy ways to get tickets. Although none of our group members will be attending the game, we can't to see how cheerful these fans are when they get to see a game of baseball, without any deathly peanuts around them. The date has been set to June 7th, which is a home game against the Colorado Rockies at 7:10 pm PST. The section that is peanut controlled for that noght is a club-level section, and it consists of 296 seats. The seats are available for all, and they are first come first serve. At our forum, we will be handing out flyers to people with peanut allergies who are interested in the tickets. We are hoping to allow as many people with peanut allergies as possible, to get to see this game.
We have officially put the idea of the peanut free stadium in the heads of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have contacted us back letting us know that they are for sure going to create a peanut free day the only thing holding them back is just finding a date. We also contacted the Los Angeles Angels hoping to influence them to create a peanut free day. They are one of the few stadiums with no peanut free activities and we are hoping to change that. Also, we contacted some other teams includinhg the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays, asking them for data on how their peanut free events have been doing in terms of attendance rates, and ticket sales. They have yet to contact us back, but once they do, we are hoping to use this data to further improve our poster. We can't wait to see how many lives we will affect.
This week has been our best week yet! We have contacted the Dodgers and have found that they are considering doing a peanut free game this year, but that we can help make it so that there are more than one of these life changing games. We have talked to several representatives of the Dodgers and have explained the goal of our group. They have been emailing us and have told us they will let us know how we can help. We have also contacted many other organizations including the Atlanta Braves, and the Baltimore Orioles, asking them if they had any data to provide reason for their peanut free sections/games. A few of them have already gotten back to us with some useful data, but nothing real substantial. We have moved along greatly since last week and we hope that these organizations can help us accomplish our goal.
Our group started to have second thoughts on our problem that we are going to solve eventually. The original problem was that people with peanut allergies cannot safely go to Dodger games because of the many peanuts at the game. We started to have second thoughts because although there are a ton of individual cases of people who can't go to games, there is no group data proving this theory. After lots of thinking and weighing this problem against others, Kevin persuaded us to choose the peanut problem. We also realized that although there is not a lot of group data, there is a lot of statistics on how many people have peanut allergies, as well as how many kids wish to attend a baseball game in their lifespan. Our group has already started to create a letter to send to the Dodgers Organization suggesting a peanut-free section. We have also started to contact other organizations, asking them if they ever conducted group research, to give them reason for their own peanut free sections/games. We have found our path and we can't wait to follow it!
Welcome to our team, together we can make a difference. Our group has chosen to focus in on a problem that affects 20% of all Americans, allergies, specifically peanut allergies. Peanut allergies affect many Americans and in some cases, it is fatal. Our current idea is to create a section at Dodger Stadium, in which peanuts are not allowed. We chose to do this because we want to allow people with severe peanut allergies to not have to risk their lives to see a live Dodgers game. All three of our group members enjoy baseball very much and the thought of being deprived of that experience because of an allergy seems horrible. To make this section at Dodger Stadium, we will first have to do detailed research on why we should get this section. Once we have compelling research, we will send a letter to the organization with the intent of bringing up the issue among the Dodgers. We will hope that they will get back to us and then we will go from there. Wish us luck on our journey!
We are students from Windward Middle School trying to help our cause.