Media Advisory: Kroger Kids Come First Campaign Kick-Off Celebration

September 9, 2011

Kroger “Kids Come First” Campaign Kick-Off Celebration
Kroger campaign benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital; runs through October 1, 2011    

Friday, September 9, 2011
4 - 6 p.m. – media opportunity

Lewis Center Kroger Market Place
6417 Columbus Pike
Lewis Center, OH 43035

On Friday, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kroger will celebrate the start of a month-long campaign that will benefit the hospital.

During the entire month of September, at the grocery check-out, Kroger customers will have the opportunity to purchase a paper basketball for $1 (or donate more) to help the patients of Nationwide Children’s. All proceeds from the sale of the paper basketballs benefit the hospital.

The campaign kick-off celebration Friday at the Kroger Market Place in Lewis Center features complimentary hot dogs, Kroger’s mascot, Pepe, and athletic trainers from Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine who will offer fun flexibility and agility drills for kids of all ages. The Sports Medicine team at the hospital also will have resources available on injury prevention, conditioning and age-appropriate activities.

Also available at the event, will be safety tips for parents including home, car, bathtub, bike and teen driving safety. Because at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and at Kroger, Kids Come First!


Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 355-0495

Debbie Sheppard
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Cell: (614) 205-7759

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at