Monday, January 11, 2010

Allergen Friendly Badger Sporting Events

Food Allergy Families Enjoy First Badger Sporting Event

UW Officials Cleaned Area In Special Section

For the first time ever, the Wadzinski family of Madison got to enjoy a University of Wiscosnin Badger sporting event together.The family watched the Badgers women's basketball take on the University of Michigan Wolverines."They took a lot of steps –- UW -– along with our Allergy Association, and it worked out really well today," said Craig Wadzinski.Normally, the Wadzinski's avoid sporting events because their daughter Emily is highly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and eggs. The dust from a cracked peanut shell can create a serious allergic reaction in Emily.But, Sunday's game was the first UW allergy friendly game."She's ecstatic and excited to know she can even go to a game," said Emily's mom, Diane Wadzinski. "The more she realizes it, the more she knows what's going on around her and she gets jealous if she can't do it."To allow food-allergic children and their families to enjoy Badger athletics, the UW took special steps on Sunday at seated the families in a special section."They not only swept and cleaned like normal, but they washed every seat, they wiped all the rails," said Wadzinski.For allergy-friendly games, there were also changes at the concession stand –- no peanuts or peanut products.With less for parents to worry about, families can focus on fun.

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