The Day for Kids initiative seeks to engage adults to advocate for youth and make a difference through one-day events at Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide during September.
Saturday’s event will feature Ne-Yo, a Grammy Award-winning R&B artist and Boys &Girls Club alum, and three-time track & field Olympic champions Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers. The event brings together hundreds of adults to participate in fun childhood field day activities, including relay races, tug-of-war and dodge ball.
Participants will compete on teams with youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to raise awareness and funds to support young people in the community and across the country. Lunchables generously supports Day for Kids as a Boys & Girls Clubs of America partner.
Some of the latest statistics about children in the U.S. show deeply troubling numbers. Throughout the country, kids are facing serious issues, such as lack of supervision, poverty and obesity. As a result, many are facing a tough uphill battle to find success at home, at school, and ultimately, in adulthood. National statistics today show:
o 15.1 million children are home without adult supervision after school each day
o One in five children live in poverty
o One in four high school students fail to graduate each year
o Nearly 4,400 juveniles will be arrested every day
o One-third of American children are obese or overweight
But one day can change this trajectory and put them on the path to a great future. For many at-risk youth, that’s the day they enter a Boys & Girls Club to get the needed resources and support to help them develop into productive adults.
The event is open to the public.