THE COOPERSTOWN CRIER
"Respecting the game is playing the game the right way, playing by the rules and playing drug-free,” says Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.
Sandberg, who was elected into The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2005, was back in Cooperstown last Thursday for the launch of a permanent online registry encouraging participants of all ages to pledge to lead a life of healthy choices, free of performance-enhancing substances.
The national registry, one of the cornerstones of the Hall of Fame BASE — Be A Superior Example — program, is the first to record individual commitments to live a life free of performance-enhancing substances. The registry can be accessed online at www.baseballhall.org and at www.beasuperiorexample.org. Interactive kiosks in the library atrium in Cooperstown feature programmatic elements of the new BASE exhibit, allowing visitors to sign the registry as well as search those who have made a commitment to BASE.
According to a media release, access to the registry comes following an engaging online interactive program, designed by K12 Inc., using the core curriculum and materials developed by the museum’s education team and featuring activities and firsthand lessons from Hall of Fame members on the importance of each of the four foundations of a healthy living program.
Hall of Fame members Henry Aaron, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Sandberg are featured in the online programs, along with former female professional baseball player Julie Croteau. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith narrates and serves as the spokesman for the program, designed for viewers ages 13 and older. The 12-and-younger rookie version of the online presentation features Cooper, a young “pup” who looks to his coach for advice on how to become a great example.
Visitors to the content self-select their appropriate age range, as users can complete one or both of the explorations.
The release said the two online units, each running about 15 minutes, provide an introductory overview and accompanying interactive activity for each of the four bases of the BASE program. The conclusion to the units prompts who have completed the program to make a pledge to live and play free of performance-enhancing substances. The pledge will live in a national registry online and in the museum in Cooperstown.
The educational units are available online to anyone with Internet access. Visitors to Cooperstown can explore the museum exhibit, where they can access the K12 learning modules on one of several interactive kiosks. The new exhibit features high-tech and early learner features that provide for access to content for a variety of ages.
The BASE program is designed to help raise the national awareness on the dangers of PES use.
“By educating audiences about the short- and long-term effects of PES use, the Hall of Fame hopes to help individuals of all ages make informed decisions about their health,” the release stated.
Information on the BASE program is available at www.baseballhall.org/base.