‘Largo Adults Get Kicks from Childhood Game’

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Screengrab of St. Pete Times story. Photo taken by Atoyia Deans, St. Petersburg Times.

A story I wrote about adult kickball appeared in today’s issue of the St. Petersburg Times. I played kickball in an adult league last fall and hadn’t really thought about why I played, other than the fact that I wanted to meet people. In interviewing other kickball players last week, I found that many of them play to escape the stress of work/adult life and just be a kid again, even if only for an hour.

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If football fields are for the rough and tough, kickball fields are for the young at heart.

“Out here you can be goofy,” said 30-year-old Justin Taylor. “You can be a kid again.”

Justin is a member of the Bust N Balls, which faced off against the Playground Bullies at Whitesell Softball Complex field in Largo Thursday night.

The teams are part of an adult kickball league organized by the city of Largo’s parks and recreation department.

The men and women on both teams revert to a time when recess and naps were staples of daily life, a time when the space between bases seemed much bigger and the risk for getting hurt much smaller. [Read more…]

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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