Day for Kids Celebrated at Clubhouses
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club recently celebrated its 2017 ‘Day for Kids. The annual event at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country showcases the Club’s wide range of activities to members, families and the community. Day for Kids, in conjunction with Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play, addresses health and wellness initiatives while also highlighting the value of meaningful time between caring adults and children.
The Southport Clubhouse's Day for Kids celebration included fitness contests with sponsor Professional Physical Therapy, a timed 40 yard dash, lacrosse and football passing accuracy challenges, as well as arts and crafts and carnival style games of all kinds. Between physical challenges, kids of all ages explored their creative side at arts and crafts stations, posing in a photo booth, letting a caricaturist capture their inner expression, or hopping on a pony ride with JC’s Pony Parties. As the perfect fall turned to evening, a constant stream of visitors tasted deliciously crafted snacks from Christophe’s Crepes and BFF Food Trucks.
According to Southport Program Director Maria Cimina, “Our celebration was merely one of 1,500 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country that challenged youth to get up, go outside and play. Our Club’s aims to foster creativity, imaginative play and help the community’s youth to develop social skills across all age groups.”
At the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse's 5th Annual Day For Kids, over 150 youth and families and nearly 30 volunteers joined in the fun. Wakeman provided a Saturday afternoon full of family-friendly fun for members and the local community. The day included a slip & slide, dunk tank, crafts, carnival games and free refreshments.
A highlight of the day was a free skills clinic in the Clubhouse gym with the University of Bridgeport Men’s Basketball Team. More than 30 kids jumped in to learn from members of the Purple Knights. “Our guys can use their star power as students and Division Two athletes to impact kids they can really relate to. That’s what makes being part of Day for Kids worthwhile for our team,” said UB Assistant Coach Kranthi Senadhi.
While grilling burgers, Senior Program Director Ruben Goodwin took in all the action outside Smilow-Burroughs, “Day for Kids is something we do to show kids in our community how much we truly care for them. Building a community involves investing in our youth. I’m glad I can say at Smilow-Burroughs we have started our savings account and will be making regular deposits from now on."
Day for Kids at the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse was made possible by generous event sponsors Redline Restorations, Arbor Light Logistics, Jim and Mary Ann Brewster, The Sheehan Family and the Kirk Family. Volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of Scholar Athletes Serving Others SASO) helped make the day great.
The Southport Clubhouse's Day for Kids was presented with generous sponsorship of People’s United Bank and Professional Physical Therapy. Community partners included Garelick & Herbs, Billy’s Bakery and Soccer & Rugby Imports. Sacred Heart University’s Exercise Science Club and many teens of the Southport Clubhouse’s own leadership program also aided in making it a day for children and adults to enjoy getting up, going out and playing together.