Celebrities Join Nonprofit in Raising Awareness, Heart Rates and Family Unity

Silver Spring, MD – The Fit Fathers Foundation invites dads to get out of the house for a few hours of fitness, health awareness and fun on Father’s Day. The 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration takes place June 19th, 2016 from 10am – 12pm at Veterans Plaza, 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD. It’s a free event for the entire family that features workouts, fitness contests, live music and information to inspire lifestyle changes that encourage healthier communities, starting with the fathers and father figures that lead them.

This year, Fit Fathers extends its healthy father-first initiative nationwide by partnering with health leaders to produce small pilot experiences in 11 other cities during Father’s Day weekend. Host cities of Fit Fathers Day include Apex, NC; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Houston, TX; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; Seal Beach, CA; and Pemberton, NJ.

Hearing the call to action, Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington and Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn joined the movement as 2016 Fit Fathers Day National Ambassadors. Both dads will spread the message to their audiences, including other celebrities and athletes, and be on hand to meet fans and work out at the DC, MD and VA area festival.

Fit Fathers Day will also bring awareness to 13-year old Journey Butler and other families battling pediatric cancer. Journey was diagnosed with Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC), a rare and highly aggressive form of cancer affecting young Black patients that carry the sickle cell trait. The average survival rate is 12 months, but few patients survive more than two years. Fit Fathers will donate proceeds from its supporters of Fit Fathers Day to the Butler family as well as promote awareness through the hashtag #JourneyToHappiness.

ABOUT Fit Fathers Day (Silver Spring): June 19th 10am – 12pm at Veterans Plaza, 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD.

Fit Fathers Day includes a group workout with celebrity trainer Michelangelo Bance and Tiffani Jenkins, Fit Fathers founder Kimatni D. Rawlins, youth fitness guru Jodi Evans (12-years-old), and Kyle Arrington and Raheem DeVaughn. Participants will enjoy games, healthy snacks from Whole Foods, the interactive kid’s area, giveaways (Thule, Yokohama, REI, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s) live music from DJ Blinks and the Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Mr. Fit Father contests ($3,500 in Prizes).

Fit Fathers Day is brought to you by Thule, Mazda, Toyota, Children’s National, Volkswagen, Whole Foods, REI, Bose, DC Capital Striders, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (Dr. Neal Barnard), Nissan, Mothers Car Care, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports and Yokohama Tires. Community Partners include: The YMCA, Washington Automotive Press Association, Powerful Beyond Measure, Meatless Monday, Love Life Foundation, DaddysCool.com, Center for Nutrition Studies, National Fatherhood Initiative, 4P Foods, College Park Foundation, Hoop Starts, Hip Hop Fathers, African American Health Program (AAHP), Fathers Incorporated, Live Nation, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, HealthyBlackMen.com, Kids Being Fit, Men’s Health Network, Mocha Moms, Kaiser Permanente, Kids Being Fit, Wegmans, Montgomery County, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MD Department of Police, Higher Level Basketball, 1 Up Handles, Streetwize Foundation, Costco, Downtown Silver Spring, Visit Montgomery County, Make Smart Cool, and ROQ Stone Natural Deodorant.

The Fit Fathers Foundation asks the following commitment from fathers:

  • Take the Fit Fathers Day Pledge, which gives dads simple, specific steps to begin a healthier lifestyle. Dads are encouraged to post workout photos to be highlighted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr using hashtags #FitFathersDay #FitFathers and #JourneyToHappiness. We encourage all to take the pledge at FIT FATHERS DAY PLEDGE.
  • On June 19th enjoy one hour of energetic activities with your family such as a 5K run, family bike ride, soccer, hiking, ball games, swimming or a simple walk through the park with nature.
  • Watch the Fit Fathers Day PSA, an inspiring video of dad spending time with his kids while showing them active sporting habits. The PSA also encourages parents to be more proactive and active with their kids.
  • After Fit Fathers Day, fathers will be inspired to motivate their family with daily exercise and education to replace chips, cookies and soda with fruits, water and fresh juices and homemade smoothies. They will also be empowered to cook more meals at home and avoid fast food.

For more information, visit www.FitFathersDay.com. For interviews or inquiries, e-mail Mike@FitFathers.com.

The Fit Fathers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that educates families on overall wellness. Fit Fathers informs men with strategies for eating whole, nutritional foods and incorporating stimulating activity into their daily regimen, while encouraging them to lead their families to healthier lifestyle habits. www.FitFathers.com

Kyle Arrington, 2016 Fit Fathers National Ambassador, Baltimore Ravens

Kyle Arrington is a starting cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and has earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Kyle is married and has two sons named Kyle, Jr. and Kaden.

Raheem DeVaughn, 2016 Fit Fathers National Ambassador, Singer & Songwriter

Raheem DeVaughn is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. His debut album The Love Experience (Jive Records) ushered him to the masses and to the US Billboard 200 album chart. DeVaughn is a single dad.

June 9, 2016