The Junior League of Greenville, Inc., (JLG) announces the final year of Home Run for Healthy Kids ® (HRHK), its signature community event for October 24 through 25 at Flour Field. HRHK promotes healthy lifestyles as a free, education field trip for Greenville County school children.
Over the past year, the JLG realigned its focus areas, engaging with initiatives that help women in the Upstate community overcome barriers, including economic mobility and human trafficking. Key JLG leadership team members chose to end HRHK in conjunction with this shift. Further information can be found in the video below from Sarah Lynne Howie, JLG President.
The Annual Home Run for Healthy Kids® event is held at Fluor Field, the baseball stadium of our Minor League Baseball team, the Greenville Drive. Approximately 2,000 Greenville County school children in 4th grade participated in this free, educational field trip at Fluor Field. In the past eleven years, the JLG has partnered with Greenville County Schools to reach over 24,200 students and invested almost $215,000 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.
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. 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 at the event. Each of these station partners provides a fun, interactive activity or presentation 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.
This JLG event is an excellent opportunity to impact the lives of children in the Greenville community.
Please contact the 2019-2020 HRHK Chair, Carmen Putnam, if you have any questions for the 2019 Home Run for Healthy Kids® event!