Kids' Day with the Salt Lake Bees


Prevention Dimensions is Utah's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities lesson set, which supports the Utah State Office of Education pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade health core. The program began in 1982 as a joint effort between the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse, Utah State Department of Health, Utah State Office of Education, and Utah State PTA, and has been revised several times since. The mission of PD is to give students a strong foundation of effective violence and substance abuse prevention skills.

2012 Event

This year's event takes place on Tuesday, May 15th. Thousands of fourth, fifth and sixth graders are currently signed up to attend the annual Prevention Dimensions Kids' Day baseball game with the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark Stadium (formerly Franklin Covey Field) in in Salt Lake City. This fun day supports the lessons taught in Utah's Prevention Dimensions program.

If you have any question (tickets, what to bring to the event, the schedule, lunches, registering for next year's event, etc.), contact Verne Larsen, Utah State Office of Education Safe and Drug-free Schools Program Specialist, via verne [dot] larsen [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Email) or 801-538-7713.

2011 Event

Last year, more than 12,500 Utah fourth, fifth and sixth graders filled the stands at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City on May 25 for the annual Prevention Dimensions Kids Day baseball game with the Salt Lake Bees.

“Prevention Dimensions Day is one of the many, many activities we do to help support kids,” says USOE Safe and Drug-free Schools Program Specialist Verne Larsen. “Prevention Dimensions is a nationally recognized prevention resource that supports teachers in delivering Utah’s health core curriculum.”

Mascots from the Salt Lake Bees, Prevention Dimensions, crash dummies, Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper from Star Wars, the Days of ’47 Royalty, plus dozens of Utah students provided the entertainment in the pre-game show. Special guest speakers included Ashly Costa from Dancing with the Stars, Olympian Jimmy Shea, Utah PTA President Ilene Mechum and others.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert also proclaimed May 24, 2011, Prevention Dimensions Day and threw out the first pitch at the Salt Lake Bees game.