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From seed spitting and Double Dutch to soccer kicks, tug-o-wars and football flings, its an invitation to free family fun and healthy play at the 2008 Life is good Festival to be held on Boston Common on Saturday, July 19th. Thousands are expected to grab a big slice of summer fun as Life is good celebrates the sunny season with great live music, classic backyard food, and a colorful mix-of good time games and activities for adults and children alike. The festival, produced in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, will benefit Project Joy, a Boston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to use the healing power of play to transform children impacted by violence, poverty and loss into healthy and joyful players in the game of life.

The festivals largest source of fundraising is also a perennial crowd favorite: more than 100 local athletes will compete for the coveted title of Worlds Greatest Backyard Athlete. A pledge-driven competition sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, this friendly, low-key contest features men and women smiling their way through a number of non-traditional events, including Frisbee toss, bocce, watermelon seed spitting, and Wiffle Ball Homerun Derby.

Competing athletes commit to raise at least $2,500 for Project Joy. Athletes can manage their fundraising simply and easily online. Past champions and top fundraisers have been awarded trips to Italy, Belgium, and Brazil. For more information or to sign up for the Worlds Greatest Backyard Athlete competition, visit the Life is good website at

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Added by callananklein on April 30, 2008