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Everybody Plays 2013

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For the past three years, Step2 and Infantino have teamed up to create a marketing campaign focused on showcasing the beauty, happiness and uniqueness of differently-abled children at play. The darling children that have been photographed for our Everybody Play’s campaign the past two years have been featured on our emails, website, Step2’s Amazon page and Step2’s YouTube channel.

Last week, 50 families from across the country traveled to San Diego to be a part of the Everybody Plays photo shoot with photographer, author and mom Kelle Hampton. Something occurred that was more powerful than just a marketing campaign for Step2 and Infantino; there were proud moments, milestones, smiles, giggles and friendships built during this magical occasion. This photo shoot was and still is an ongoing movement to show that every single child, no matter their age or ability plays, and has fun doing it.

Grace’s mom described her experience at Everybody Plays as comfortable and special. “No one cared what type of abilities your child had, they were just happy your child was there.” She was so proud to see her daughter play with other children and pose for the camera. Other moms, including Apollo’s mom, felt at ease as Kelle took pictures of their children. “[Kelle] was comfortable and flexible with them all. If a child was having a hard time, she simply gave them a break. Once they were happy she was ready to shoot again. There was no pressure and everyone was having fun.”

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Although these wonderful children were the focal point of this photo, none of these beautiful pictures would have been possible without Kelle. The way she photographed and handled each child with such passion was heartwarming. She posted about her experience last week on her blog. “If you were part of the shoot this year, I want to tell you how special it was meeting you and your children–all of you,” she wrote. “We had a tight schedule and lots of babies to attend to, but I remember your hugs and your stories and your children. I saw the pride in your eyes, I felt how much you love them.  I watched you soothe them and kiss them and work hard to make sure your babies were comfortable and aware of your presence.”

Children and parents came out of their comfort zones for this event and it could not have made us more ecstatic to see many children overcome their fears and create such beautiful images for everyone to enjoy.

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Photo by: Kelle Hampton

The picture above truly embodies the love and acceptance of this annual event. The little girl in the pink top holding the other children together is Coco, the winner of the Everybody Plays Essay contest. Coco has Down syndrome and Leukemia, which thankfully is in remission. This strong little warrior just finished her last round of chemotherapy earlier this year and, as much as she has been through, her smile proves how spectacular she really is. She is a testament of strength and courage – we can all learn something from this inspirational little girl.

The families that attended this photo shoot go through struggles every day, but they also make the most of each day with their special and extraordinary children. The Everybody Plays campaign recognizes that each child has different abilities, but we also salute the parents that have given their time and dedication to their kids. These parents are pushing to make the world a better place for their children. With their help, Step2 and Infantino can exemplify the message of love and acceptance. After all, everybody plays.

Step2 and Infantino Proudly Announce the Everybody Plays 2013 Participants

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Everybody Plays is a campaign that celebrates the uniqueness of all babies and children. This is the third year that Step2 and Infantino have proudly teamed up to promote the inclusion of all children on packaging and advertisements. As in years past, Step2 and Infantino held an open online casting call for participation in this year’s photo shoot. New to the casting call for 2013, entrants were asked to submit an essay describing how they teach self-acceptance and the acceptance of others to family and community. In addition, one entry was selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to partake in the Everybody Plays photo shoot.

After a long and extremely difficult selection process, three-year-old Chloe “Coco” from Roseville, CA was selected as the winner of the all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego. Chloe’s mom’s and dad’s essay about their acceptance of their daughter Chloe’s special needs, and their subsequent adoption of Olivia, another child with special needs, was moving. Her infectious smile and strength proves that she can change the world and reduce the stigma surrounding children with special needs.

 

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All of the stories that were submitted were powerful and inspiring. In addition to Coco, we are pleased to announce the following children will be joining us at Balboa Park in sunny San Diego on September 25th and 26th for the Everybody Plays 2013 photo shoot. These adorable children will be photographed by photojournalist and celebrity-blogger Kelle Hampton with Step2 and Infantino products.

Everybody Plays 2013 Participants (In Alphabetical Order):

Aaliyah, La Puente, CA
Aiden, Santa Barbara, CA
Alice & Charlie, Lakewood, CA
Alice, Saint Charles, MI
Apollo, Bellingham, WA
Aubrey, Long Beach, CA
Bentley, Cathedral City, CA
Bobby, Chicago, IL
Cassidy & Charlotte, San Fransisco, CA
Charlie, Davis, CA
Charlotte, Reseda, CA
Cody, Santa Clarita, CA
Curtis, Encinitas, CA
David & Jonathan, Arroyo Grande, CA
Emily, San Bernardino, CA
Emma, Valencia, CA
Ezekiel, Windsor, CA
Findlay, San Diego, CA
Finn, Vista, CA
Grace, Palos Park, IL
Hannah & Jedidiah, Carpinteria, CA
Isabelle & Elizabeth, Windsor, CA
Jake,Littleton, CO
Jaxon, Simi Valley, CA
Jordyn, Santa Paula, CA
Joy, Dayton, OH
Jude & Izzy, Ferndale, WA
Kalissa & Hayley, Los Angeles, CA
Kingston, Hermosa Beach, CA
Lee, West Covina, CA
Leila, Edmonds, WA
Liam, Pasadena, CA
Louis, San Diego, CA
Lydia, La Mesa, CA
Makenzy & Skyler, San Marcos, CA
Marielle, San Diego, CA
Mason, Los Alamitos, CA
Matthew, Sunnyvale, CA
Natalie, Chula Vista, CA
Nathan, Simi Valley, CA
Oliver, Yuma, AZ
Parisa, Los Gatos, CA
Ryder, San Marcos, CA
Rylee, Lomita, CA
Savannah, Salem, MA
Sofia & Joaquin, Rocklin, CA

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted an essay – each one was truly beautiful and inspiring. Congratulations to all of the 2013 Everybody Plays participants. Thank you for inspiring us to continue to show the world the power of acceptance of children everywhere. Step2 and Infantino look forward to sharing the beautiful pictures of these amazing children in 2014.

Everybody Plays 2013 Casting Call & Contest

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Everybody Plays is a campaign that celebrates the uniqueness of all babies and children from their faces, smiles, and styles. Because we believe in embracing our differences to promote acceptance of kids everywhere, we encourage you to enter our 2013 Everybody Plays Casting Call. This casting call includes a chance to win a trip to San Diego for the Infantino & Step2 photo shoot event on September 25th & 26th.

Enter by telling us in 300 words or less how you teach self-acceptance and the acceptance of others to your family and around your community. The family we select must reside within the 48 contiguous US states in order to participate in the all-expense paid trip and photo shoot experience with author and photojournalist Kelle Hampton of Enjoying the Small Things – Kelle Hampton .

We will also be selecting 50 non-agency children from ages 3 months to 5 years who live in or would travel to the Southern California region.  All entries must be completed by July 30th at 11:59PM ET through our Everybody Plays Facebook tab —> http://a.pgtb.me/ZHJHSt

We look forward to seeing your photos and reading your stories!