Home Run for Healthy Kids®
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About Home Run for Healthy Kids®
In October of 2016, the Junior League of Greenville (JLG) celebrated its ninth annual Home Run for Healthy Kids® event at Fluor Field, the baseball stadium of our minor league baseball team, the Greenville Drive. Approximately 2,700 Greenville County school children in 4th grade participated in this free, educational field trip that has now expanded to three days in order to serve more students. Since 2008, the JLG has partnered with Greenville County Schools and generous sponsors to reach over 17,000 students and invested over $150,000 with the goal of improving the community by teaching children to adopt healthier lifestyles.
The JLG started this event after research showed staggering statistics for obesity, accidental injuries, and unhealthy youth in South Carolina. Home Run for Healthy Kids® is designed to engage students to practice healthy lifestyles and to ensure students receive the support they need to grow up safe, happy, healthy, and thriving. This is accomplished through hands-on learning activities, giveaways, and educational information sessions.
During Home Run for Healthy Kids®, Fluor Field is transformed into four “zones” of education and entertainment. Zones include safety, physical well-being, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. In addition to planning and administering Home Run for Healthy Kids®, the JLG provides the funds needed for the event, including transportation to and from Fluor Field. The JLG also provides a backpack filled with quality giveaways from various sponsors and partners to each student attendee. This is a free field trip to all children who attend and invitations to the event focus on Title One schools. Schools are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The planning for this event begins each summer, when the JLG solidifies partnerships with 15 or more community agencies and businesses to serve as station partners for each zone at the event. Each of these station partners provides a fun, interactive activity that engages all of the children. The JLG’s Home Run for Healthy Kids® Committee coordinates, organizes, and directs the entire event with assistance from over 100 JLG volunteers during the event. The Greenville Drive provides the biggest in-kind sponsorship by serving as the Venue Sponsor.
Home Run for Healthy Kids 2016 Presenting Sponsor:
Each year the JLG witnesses an increased knowledge of health awareness in the participants, and the JLG receives very positive feedback from the school teachers and administrators regarding the take-home benefits from this event. We receive many letters from children after the event which convey to the JLG that the goals of this event are being accomplished – to provide educational information about safety, physical well-being, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles in a fun atmosphere. This JLG event is an excellent opportunity to impact the lives of children in the Greenville community.
Home Run for Healthy Kids 2016 Venue Sponsor:
The Junior League of Greenville thanks our 2016 station partners!