Predators announce first-ever Child Abuse Prevention Night


On April 20 the Orlando Predators, in conjunction with Kids House of Seminole and What A Fan, will host their first-ever Child Abuse Prevention Night in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Numerous pregame and in-game activities to bring awareness to this important cause will be featured. Across the nation, child abuse is the current leading cause of death in children under the age of 4. Last year in Central Florida alone, nearly 45,000 cases of alleged abuse or neglect were reported to authorities. Statistics indicate that at least 90,000 incidents go unreported.

To encourage awareness, Predators fans are asked to show support for the Wear Blue Initiative by wearing blue jeans and black shirts to the April 20th home game against the Georgia Force. Kids House of Seminole will also hand out 500 blue Predators-themed T-shirts to fans entering the game. In addition, What A Fan will have an RV trailer in front of the Amway Center where fans can have eye black applied free of charge. Every fan who has eye black applied will also be entered to win free airline tickets courtesy of Bahama Air and What A Fan. Eye black, notably worn by football players to reduce glare from lighting, has become a powerful symbol of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a stark reminder of the results of child abuse.

Kids House is a local Children's Advocacy Center. This kid-friendly facility is a model for the country, allowing all agencies involved in child abuse cases to come together under one roof. All of Central Florida's children's advocacy centers have joined the "Get Out Your Blues" campaign founded by Kids House this April. "Get Out Your Blues" seeks to turn Central Florida blue on April 27th and encourages everyone to get involved.

What A Fan is an interactive internet broadcaster that brings the fan experience to the internet live. What A Fan allows fans to participate in their broadcast direct from the game venue. What A Fan will be broadcasting live from all Orlando Predators home games during the 2012 Season.

Orlando's Arena Football League franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are entering their 21st year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL Playoffs a league-leading 19 consecutive seasons and appeared in the Arena Bowl seven times, winning AFL Championships in 1998 and 2000.