Last month, the It’s Working Project had the opportunity to take a first look at the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge at Nationals Park. Major league baseball teams are stepping up to the plate when it comes to taking care of families, so, we wondered, why can’t the NFL do the same?
In the recent weeks leading up to the official start of football season, the It’s Working Project has partnered with Change.org to launch #ParentsChangeTheGame. As a result, petitions have been showing up all over the site. Portrait Project mom Kara Sassone, a Massachusetts native and proud supporter of the New England Patriots, says:
“‘You are marketed to as a family,’ said Sassone. ‘They sell the onesies, the mini jerseys, the mini footballs. They want families to be a part of this. So let’s make it a little bit kinder, nicer, more welcoming.’”
And Gillette isn’t the only stadium where fans want to see change. Steelers fan Stephanie Barnhart is petitioning Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Her petition describes stories of being “frustrated and humiliated” while trying to pump milk in a stadium bathroom stall.
The various petitions- to the Steelers, Patriots, 49ers, Redskins, Lions, and the Eagles, all asking they upgrade their facilities- have received overwhelming support, which does not come as much of a surprise considering we know how passionate and capable parents truly are. Here at the It’s Working Project, we are committed to ensuring the It’s Working both at home and at play, and we are proud to be working with football fans across the country to make bring our mission to life.