We DO recover, and we can’t think of a better way to show up loud, proud, and visible than a march to T-Mobile Park to kick off a fun-filled day of baseball and sunshine.

We host this amazing event in partnership with the King County Recovery Coalition, and this day is all about celebrating mental health wellness and substance use recovery with thousands of other people living their recovery journey.

Recovery Day at the Mariners features “Recovery in Action” booths including writing cards with messages of hope to folks who are currently in inpatient treatment, sharing your personal story, and taking your photo with signs that celebrate recovery (and even the Mariner Moose!).

This celebration is family-friendly for all ages, and our section within the park is substance-free.

Sadly, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Recovery Day at the Mariners 2021, which was scheduled for Sunday, September 12th. This cancellation includes all of our planned in-person activities: Recovery Sign-making Pizza Party at Recovery Café SODO on 9/11 and the Recovery Rally, March to the Game, and our Pre-event at T-Mobile Park on 9/12.

After many conversations with our recovery community, volunteers, vendors, and the Mariners themselves, the consensus is that current conditions with increasing cases make it an impossible challenge to ensure the health and safety of participants, especially because our community is at higher risk for serious complications of the COVID-19 virus.

In addition, leaders of the Washington State Hospital Association have asked communities across our state to hold off on hosting large events, because our hospitals are at capacity and cannot serve additional people affected by COVID-19. The strain on these systems is already delaying surgeries and other important medical care unrelated to the virus. As a community-based organization, we had to make a community-based decision and prioritize the health and safety of everyone.

We also know how important it is to have a sense of connection in recovery, and that this cancellation feels especially bleak after 18 months of very difficult circumstances. And, we’re still here!

We invite you to join us at the Speak Out For Recovery virtual event on September 28 from 5:30-7:00pm with our partners at Recovery Café. It’s not a day at the ballpark, but it is an evening of powerful stories, connection, and celebrating people’s recovery journeys. We hope to see you there!

Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to get together in person again this year, we believe this to be the safest course of action — and we want nothing more than to make sure that our community survives this pandemic and lives to celebrate recovery another day.

On behalf of all of us on the WRA & KCRC team, thank you for being in community with us in the best ways we know how.

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