2017 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Lead by Example So Your Child Becomes The Example!

Words by Adrian McQueen & Kimatni Rawlins / Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles, Fisher Concepts & On The Trak Photo

Fatherhood was achieved on Father’s Day and will follow suit each day henceforth with a continuous movement where Fit Fathers commune for the benefit of their kids. We share and learn from one another to enhance positive experiences for our families, friends and communities. For the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration (FFD) life enhancement manifested once again in the form of festive and healthful activities.

Naturally, Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was ignited the “Fit Fathers” way for the 4th year in a row with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together annually to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Hype for the event was built from engaging social media campaigns and coverage from Fox 5 DC, News Channel 8, WUSA 9, CBS Radio, Radio One, SiriusXM, Black Enterprise and a host of other elite media outlets. Additionally, with $2,500 in prizes at stake for our fitness challenges, over 500 attendees came to the celebration ready for action which resulted in an eventful day.

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2017 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Lead by Example

The Fit Fathers Foundation believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges dads to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives! Held at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, fun-for-all group exercises with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington motivated the crowd. New and enjoyable for this year was the Zumba experience by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness as well as Ray & Roze Zumba. Yoga was also led by 5 Sense Wellness to the melody of PanLara’s steel drums. The kids highly adored the interactive playground while guests were treated to DJ Blinks who kept everything grooving as he spun hit tunes on the 1s and 2s.

Participants enjoyed fitness games, healthy snacks and water from Whole Foods, Kind Snacks Zico, Body Armor, screenings and health information from AAHP and giveaways from Thule, Yokohama, Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s, Strider Bikes, Vibram and Mothers Car Care. The Fit Mom plank contest lasted 18 minutes while the Gym Source winner for Mr. Fit Father walked away with a set of Yokohama tires.

We honored our 500 plus attendees for supporting the cause with a magnetic workout, prizes, giveaways and life-enhancing materials. Guests left the event already asking about the 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration in 2018. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and partners who initially recognized the vision and helped bring FFD to fruition. As well, a very special thank you is in order for all patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

FFD is possible due to the amazing contributions from our partners and sponsors such as Thule, Mazda, Volkswagen, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Whole Foods Market, Nike, Bose, DC Capital Striders, Nissan, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports, Strider Bikes, Kind Snacks, Soul Cycle, Yokohama Tires and Meatless Monday. The success of Fit Fathers Day sits with supporters of the movement so recognition must go out to the community partners including Modell’s Sporting Goods, Gym Source, Body Armor, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Men’s Health Network, Z Sweat Dance and Fitness, The WellnessPlex, Ray & Roze Zumba, 5 Sense Wellness, WAPA, Kaiser Permanente, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Zico, Daddy’s Cool, Hip Hop Fathers, African American Health Program, Live Nation, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Higher Level Basketball, Vibram, SWEAT DC, 1 Up Handles, The Streetwize Foundation, Downtown Silver Spring, Visit Montgomery County, Road Crew Clusters, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, Mothers Car Care, Healthy Life and Soul, LLC and The Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition, much love and respect is directed to our auto sponsors for assisting in making this event a success. It was only right that Fit Fathers Day included some Automotive Rhythms flavor in the form of an active lifestyle vehicle showcase including a Deep Blue Pearl 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve edition, Mazda CX-5, 2018 VW Atlas Limited and Toyota Tacoma.

Last year’s FFD was unique as we helped elevate awareness for 13-year old Journey Butler and other families battling pediatric cancer. Journey participated in the previous Fit Fathers Day events with her Double Dutch Team aka Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars. Sadly, Journey passed away and in memoriam Journey’s family started #JourneyToHappiness to assist and encourage people against the lethal opposition of sickle cell trait. The nonprofit Journey to Happiness Movement was founded in order to advocate for sickle cell trait (SCT) carriers and to make the sickle cell community aware of the urgent health concerns associated with being a carrier. SCT is directly associated with Renal Medullary Carcinoma, the cancer that Journey succumbed to. National Ambassadors Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots also focus their attentions on sickle cell disease. “We have seen first hand the devastating effects of sickle cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason. “This is something very personal to us and we’re thrilled to continue working with Embrace Kids Foundation,” added Devin. The Fit Fathers positive message is spreading among the lives of many.

FFD was also hosted by national ambassador Kyle Arrington who is a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and has earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. He is married and has two sons named Kyle Jr. and Kaden. Off the field he’s a family guy who dedicates success to his wife and kids including the addition of a new baby boy.

Fit Fathers spearheaded movements in numerous cities last year outside of the DMV by partnering with health leaders to produce the Father’s Day celebration. This year was no different as events also took place in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

Although Fit Fathers Day is a special occasion to recognize dads during their time of celebration, our mission also encourages moms, kids and families throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Fit Fathers events as we move forward engaging with various communities around the country. Enjoy the photo gallery.

Mr. Fit Father Training Video: 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Are you one  of the fittest fathers in the Maryland, DC and VA area and ready to be crowned Mr. Fit Father? Well, bring your heart and your family to Fit Fathers Day and show us your bravado. Watch this short training video which breaks down the exercises of the contest execution. Contestants will be timed on the circuit to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

● Sprint Up and Back

● 25 Push Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 20 Sit Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 15 Ball Slams (50 lb)

● Sprint Up and Back

● 10 Burpees

● Sprint Up and Back to FINISH!!!

Sponsored by Gym Source, the winner of the Mr. Fit Father competition will receive a brand new set of Yokohama tires amongst other prizes from Nike and Road Runner Sports. Tag a father that you think can be the top finisher and hold the crown of Mr. Fit Father on June 18th at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD at 10AM. You know what to expect, so get out there and train and we will see you at the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration! RSVP at www.FitFathersDay.com

Cali Roots Kicks Off First Ever Fun Run with Fit Fathers

With all the dancing and moving, it is no secret that festivals can wear down on the body. Thus, the Cali Roots Fun Run inspired festival goers to nurture their bodies but still have great times over the weekend.

It was a beautiful runner’s morning along the coastal trail of Monterey, CA with Fit Fathers and Fleet Feet’s Run Crew to kick off Day 2 of the 2017 California Roots Music and Arts Festival. After meeting at the run shop we ran a refreshing 5 miles to scenic Lover’s Point where life feels timeless. After the energizing run showgoers were treated to organic fruit and steel cut oatmeal to nourish and ready them for the fun-filled day of music ahead. It’s a movement that consists of healthful habits and activities right before all the festival magic begins. Now it’s time to enjoy the explosive sounds of Protoje, Tribal Theory, Yellowman and of course the King of Queens aka Nas!

“We were excited to offer our first ever fun run,” stated Co-Producer Dan Sheehan. “Fit Fathers approached us with the idea with Fleet Feet, so we felt this was a great addition to the Cali Roots vibe and thankful for our attendees and community who participated.”

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The Art of Double Dutch with the Greenbelt Sity Stars Jump Rope Team

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jump roping is a conditioning exercise to be reckoned with, and when you install the lost art form of double dutch then best believe your child’s skillsets will be elevated beyond normalcy which allows for better technique in his or her other sports. Enter the Greenbelt Sity Stars Jump Rope Team who recently hosted a performance fundraiser in Greenbelt, MD. The boys and girls on the squad are dedicated, focused, super fit and coordinated.

For example, my daughter has excelled at a rapid pace in her first season with the team. Thanks to the hard work ethic instilled by Coach Kim Bradshaw, Aya is now able to complete multiple, full routines succinctly. Jumping teaches coordination, adaption of new lessons and patterns and of course physical fitness and endurance. Aya is now quicker and stronger than ever which helps with her soccer, running and basketball.

It certainly doesn’t hurt to give your kid a shot at it. For more info on the team visit www.greenbeltsitystars.org.

Fit Fathers TV: 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Every day is Fit Fathers Day! But please enjoy our recap video of the 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. We came together to show fathers the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Fit Fathers, Inc believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges dads and their families to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives! ‪#‎FitFathers‬

Great Day Washington Welcomes the Fit Fathers Foundation

Thank you WUSA 9 for having Fit Fathers on Great Day Washington to discuss our 3rd Annual Fit Fathers Day Celebration in Downtown Silver Spring, MD Sunday June 19. We are highly appreciative of the opportunity. It was fun discussing health and working out with the kids on set. More event details at www.FitFathersDay.com.

Road Runner Sports Adventure Run

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Experienced by Kyle Ayoung

The Fit Fathers crew had another great Adventure Run with Road Runner Sports at the Rockville, MD store in anticipation of Fit Fathers Day on June 19th.  June is Men’s Health Month so the monthly fun run and treasure hunt was right on point with its healthful messaging and fitness focused activities.

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The goal was to run for 60 minutes while stopping at as many checkpoints as possible where each runner would earn raffle tickets for a chance to win a whopping $3,000 in prizes such as new shoes or Thule backpacks. Adidas was on deck providing runners with their latest products to test the shoe’s vitality and comfort levels. Fit Fathers hosted a fun checkpoint and had the females give us 15 push ups and the males 25 push ups. Another pit stop was at Gym Source where participants had to clock two minutes on any of the exercise machines.

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The energy was vibrant and the socializing was upbeat. We look forward to the next Adventure Run in July. See you there!

Easley’s Awareness Football Camp!

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Searching for an active football camp for your child in New York? Well look no further as Los Angeles Ram, Fit Father and New York native Dominique Easley presents “Easley’s Awareness Football Camp!” According to the Super Bowl Champ this will be the biggest and greatest football camp in the Tri-State area this summer.

Easley will be joined by his NFL friends Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins, Shariff Floyd of the Minnesota Vikings, Jamie Collins of the New England Patriots, Matt Elam of the Baltimore Ravens and Deion Barnes of the Jets.

Be sure to register for “FREE” at www.EasleysAwarenessCamp.info today. Donations can be made at www.EasleysAwareness.com to help Dominique’s fight against Fibromyalgia. Please contact Antone Barnes at Abarnes@TheBrandarchitects.biz for all details. We will see you at Curtis High School June 25th.

GSF Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Atlanta Edition

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 — Empowering dads, role models, father figures, families & children —

— FREE —

GSF “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

 Sunday June 19th, 2016 — 10:00 am  to 12:00 pm

 Piedmont Park
Atlanta, GA
 RSVP = GrindSeasonFitness@gmail.com

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