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Catherine Holecko

Create your own backyard game

By April 4, 2012

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The CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest is back for a second year. Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to create their own, unique backyard game--something other kids their age could play outside and enjoy. It should allow at least two kids to play, and not require any special equipment (everyday items like balls and hula hoops are fine).

Six semi-finalists will win a trip to San Francisco this summer to demo their game idea to a panel of judges. They'll each receive a new bike and helmet, and one of those six will take home the top prize, a $10,000 scholarship. The five runners-up will each get $1,000 scholarships. The winning game rules and equipment will be donated to the non-profit Children & Nature Network. Its co-founder, author Richard Louv, will help judge the contest.

The deadline is June 17, so send those kids out in the yard and tell them to get creative!

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