Live music, yoga, boxing and more will be taking over the Hattiesburg YMCA on Saturday for National Healthy Kids Day.
“These kids have been shut in from the pandemic and shut out of school activities. This is my way of saying ‘Welcome back,’” Jerry Baker, a barber who is donating free haircuts at the event, said in a media release.
The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All activities will be set up tailgate-style in the parking lot of the YMCA at 3719 Veterans Memorial Drive in Hattiesburg.
This free event will feature live music by one-man band Charles “CC” Carter, an appearance by Mississippi Miss Hospitality McKay Lee Bray and health and wellness representatives from the community. There will be a community product giveaway sponsored by Spartan Mosquito.
Healthy Kids Day will also feature multiple interactive activities including yoga and boxing demonstrations.
Boxing coach Arron Norwood will be offering boxing tutorials.
The community-wide event will have COVID-19 restrictions in place, organizers said. Masks will be required of all participants and provided upon request. Hand sanitizer will be available at each tent, and participants are asked to social distance.
“We’re inviting our vendors to pitch a tent at the Y for a tailgate atmosphere reminiscent of game day at the Rock,” Matt Rumph, CEO of the Family YMCA of Southeast Mississippi, said in a media release. “There are plenty of games and activities suitable for the entire family, and we welcome school and church groups to come out and enjoy the fun as well.”
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What vendors will be at National Healthy Kids Day?
- Mississippi United
- YMCA of Southeast MS
- Schools Against Vaping
- William Carey School of Osteopathic Medicine
- WEEP (Snocone Bus)
- Vixon Sullivan/South MS Art Association
- Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services
- Domestic Abuse Family Shelter
- Hattiesburg Clinic
- Image for Teens
- Coalition for Tobacco Free MS
- Jerry Baker (Barber Truck)
- Arron Norwood Cardio/Boxing
- Alley Cats Axe Throwing
- USM Health Professionals
- Dubard School of Language Disorders
- Southeast MS Rural Health Initiative
- Miss Hospitality
- The Children’s Center
- Coca Cola
- Hook’s Catering
- Screaming Eagle Fire Truck
- Pine Belt NAMI
- Forrest County Health Department
- Spartan Mosquito