Utah Prevention Day is an annual celebration presented by the Salt Lake Bees and ResilientYOU.  The Utah Prevention Day event dates back to 2002, when the Salt Lake Bees (formally known as the Stingers), partnered with the Utah State Office of Education, Something Good Inc. and various education organizations to produce the first annual event for Utah 5th and 6th grade students. Since that time, up to 12,000 students and teachers have been bussed in each year from around the state to experience (for no charge) this Utah tradition, celebrating resilience and the prevention of drugs, under-age drinking, violence, crime, and bullying. 

Utah Prevention Day kicks off with a fast-moving Opening Ceremony featuring hundreds of students out on the field singing and dancing with colorful props, special guests, local celebrities and sports mascots. The Governor and First Lady of Utah participate when available, speaking to the students and sometimes throwing out the first pitch.  After the program and special presentations, thousands of students and educators stand in the stadium, facing more than 100 flags held on the field and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  

After the Opening Ceremony and Bees Pre-game Show, the baseball game begins and the huge gathering enjoys America’s favorite pastime, along with prevention-based messages given in between innings.  For many of those in attendance, this is a once in a lifetime experience.