Lindsay Tarpley “Kicks It Out” at Maranda Park Party in Kentwood
Free summer fun is what Maranda Park Parties are all about! The most recent Maranda Park Party in Kentwood, Grand Rapids, was a vibrant success as a record breaking of more than 8,700 kids and families attended an afternoon of free lunch, games, rides, and activities. In addition, the party included entertainment with Uganda’s Amani Children’s Choir taking the Maranda Park Party stage.
All eyes were on the Milk Means More Tent, where two-time gold medalist, USA Women’s Soccer star, Lindsay Tarpley was featured. As an advocate for nutrition, including dairy, Tarpley spent the day taking selfies with attendees, signing autographs, and sharing her love of milk. Growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Tarpley recalls the importance of nutrition her parents instilled in her at a young age.
“Growing up my mom always made sure I understood the importance of drinking milk, and now I have kids of my own, I am passing on the same lessons to them,” said Tarpley.
Kids at all ages gleamed at the opportunity to meet Lindsay, as many of them attending the event have dreams of being a successful athlete just like Tarpley.
“I had so much fun at the Maranda Park Party. It’s great to see these kids are passionate about their sports, especially at such a young age,” said Tarpley. “It reminds me of the love I grew early-on for soccer. The passion they have now is what will drive them to become the athlete they want to be.”
During the party, the Milk Means More team featured Farm to Table coloring books for the kids and also delicious Fuel Up To Play 60 yogurt recipe booklets. Fans also had the chance to win Tarpley autographed soccer balls.
“It was a super cool experience to meet Lindsay at Party in the Park,” said Tarpley fan and winner of one of the signed soccer balls, McKenna VanOveren. “I still can’t believe I got to personally talk and take photos with my hero.”
Comments Tarpley hears from fans like VanOveren is a big reason why she continues to be a part of the Milk Means More Team.
“I am so happy to be a part of a team whose mission is something I care so strongly about,” said Tarpley. “To all of the inspiring athletes out there, keep drinking your milk.”
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