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The Crockett Foundation prepares youth for ‘Back to School’ with free health services and school supplies

The Crockett The Crockett Foundation prepares youth for ‘Back to School’ with free health services and school supplies

The Crockett Foundation prepares youth for ‘Back to School’

The Crockett Foundation prepares youth for ‘Back to School’ with free health services and school supplies

The Crockett Foundation, in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,

Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, to host its fifth annual Community Health Festival

Henri Crockett passes out backpacks at his annual health fair.

Students stand in line to wait for health services.

Submitted by Joni Fletcher

     The Crockett Foundation community health festival is back again by popular demand and plans to serve thousands of individuals within the community on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pompano Citi Center shopping center, 1955 N. Fed. Hwy., Pompano Beach, Fla. Formerly Pompano Fashion Square Mall).

“Each year I am happy to see so many students and families come out to our festival in order to prepare for a new school year. I also think it’s important for students to get the right immunizations and other health services early to ensure they can return to school on time and be able to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities with their peers”, said Henri Crockett a retired NFL player. Henri also said that “he wishes he had been afforded some of the same opportunities as the youth who attends his health festival when he was growing up”.

The festival will have local physicians and nurse practitioners on hand to provide free physical exams along with other health care professionals who will be providing much needed services such as immunizations, health screenings for diabetes, cholesterol screening, HIV testing, Antioxidant level screenings and a host of other health concerns that plague our community.

Henri Crockett stated that “As a child growing up in Pompano Beach I was always blessed with the ability to ignore all odds placed against me because I believed if I was able to do this then a lot of youth faced with the same circumstances could learn from me. At the end of the day when you really think a-bout it, what other choice is there but to hope and by giving back to the community my brother Zack and I give hope to our youth.”

This family festival will have live entertainment including bounce houses, face painting, a tribute to Trayvon Martin by Jubilee Dance Theatre, hip hop dancing and other activities will be available for children. After the youth complete their “Path-way to Good Health Passport” that will be issued upon entering the venue, they will receive book bags filled with School supplies. There will also be door prizes for the parents who participate in the health screenings.

JoeAnn Fletcher, president of Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority said “her chapter is excited about partnering with the Crockett Foundation for the second year and being able to provide these much needed services to the community. They enjoy seeing the smiles and the appreciation that is shown by the children and their parents when they receive the back-packs and school supplies” Other partners include HCA hospitals, Pompano Citi Center and Broward County Health Department.

Vendor booths are still avail-able which include a tent, 6 ft table, and two chairs. Interested vendors can download Vendor Registration information at www.crockettfoundation.org or contact Henri Crockett at (954) 200-1924 or hc@crockettfoundation.org

 

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