For Immediate Release
September 10, 2014
The Shreveport Mavericks and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club To Host Annual Family Fun Day and Check Presentation
With Special Guest Speaker, Fair Park High School Graduate, Antonio Webb, M.D.
Shreveport, LA –Today, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club announced their partnership with the Shreveport Mavericks, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and United Health Care Louisiana will host the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day on September 20, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 2821 Greenwood Road in Shreveport.
Family Fun Day creates an opportunity for adults in our community to ‘Pledge to Play’ and foster stronger relationships and to spend meaningful time with local at-risk youth. Family Fun Day is one small step in rebuilding “villages” in our neighborhoods and to provide young people with the skills and motivation they need to HAVE GREAT FUTURES, while protecting them from the dangerous problems they face every day.
The event will open with guest speaker and Shreveport native Dr. Antonio Webb, whom is a 2001 graduate of local high school Fair Park High, which is located in the target community of the Club. Dr. Webb, age 31, served eight years of active duty in the United States Air Force as a combat medic. He earned his Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., where he earned honors in the fields of Renal, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Critical Care ICU. He also gives a road map to success in his new book, “Overcoming the Odds.”
Also, ABA League Champions, the Shreveport Mavericks recognized this need and has committed to working with Club members by volunteering year-round and by making a sizable donation to support Club programs which will be presented at the event. This event is also supported by AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and United Health Care Louisiana. These companies will also make a check presentation at the event.
Other local agencies involved are: The Shreveport Fire Department (Smokehouse & Fire Truck), The Shreveport Sheriff’s Office (SRT Armored Car), face painting, food, Shreveport Job Corp, Sweet Frog, Splash Kingdom, Target (volunteering), Old Navy (volunteering), Bounce Houses, CiCi’s Pizza, Willis Knighton, Robinson Rescue (volunteering), Banana Republic (volunteering), All Star Lanes and The Olive Garden (donated).
This event is free and open to the public.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 31 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org
LaKesha D. Mosley
Development and Public Information Director
(O): 318.424-3200 (M): 318.402.5916 (F): 318.216.3088
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