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.

4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Silver Spring, MD

— Empowering dads, father figures, families and children —

Sunday June 18th 10am to 12pm

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

— workout begins at 10am and the yoga warmup at 9:30am —

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington. Also enjoy fitness games, Zumba by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness and Ray & Roze Zumba, healthy snacks, yoga led by 5 Sense Wellness, an interactive playground and music from DJ Blinks and PanLara steel drum. Attendees can compete for over $2,500 in prizes from Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Modell’s, Soul Cycle, Strider Bikes, Thule, Live Nation, Yokohama Tires and Vibram in the Mr Fit Fathers, Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Fit Kid contests. Also the reigning 2-time Mr. Fit Father, James Paul Swink, will be back to defend his Gym Source title against any takers of the grand prize.

Hosted by Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

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 Thanking our partners for the 2017 “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration!

 

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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

3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration Motivates Dads and Families

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Experienced by Adrian McQueen, Photos by Henri Fisher, Leon Brittain, Adrian McQueen

Coming off an exciting week of media coverage from Fox 5 DC, WUSA 9, News Channel 8, CBS Radio, Radio One and a host of other elite stations, it was finally time for the main event to take precedence. Group exercise routines, dancing, Double Dutching, fitness contests, an active lifestyle vehicle show and smiles and laughter accurately depicted the setting at the 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” celebration (FFD). [Read more…]

“Fit Fathers Day” Pumps New Life into Father’s Day Across the Country

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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. [Read more…]

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

Sunday June 19 from 10am to 12pm

(workout begins at 10am so please arrive by 9:45am!!!)

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

On Father’s Day join us for a “Social Workout” with celebrity trainers Michelangelo Bance (Fitness Gratitude) and Tiffani Jenkins (Game Changer Development), Fit Fathers founder Kimatni D. Rawlins, the Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington and 12-year-old fitness guru Jodi Evans who will lead the youth exercise activities. Enjoy games, healthy snacks from Whole Foods, the interactive kid’s area, giveaways (REI, Yokohama, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Thule, Mothers, Washington Sports, Club, 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). Additionally, come meet, greet and work out with Grammy-nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn! [Read more…]

A Journey to Happiness from Renal Medullary Carcinoma

Journey_ButlerBy Mike Tucker, Jr

Journey Butler is not your normal teenager. Sure she knows all the new dances and latest technology and styles but you won’t see her glued to an electronic device or television. The 13-year-old is a cheerleader, a gymnast, a poet, a Hip Hop and ballet dancer, model and a member of the nationally competitive double-dutch jump rope team dubbed the Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars. She is also an aspiring rapper. View this adorable video about ratting out her older brother called “I’m Telling.” Journey also lights up every room she enters with her endearing smile.

As carefree as children can be, a parent’s world is just the opposite. We have to manage stress at the job and home while still finding time to take our children to every activity and social event possible. The last thing a mother or father wants to be confronted with is an uncontrollable variable like harm, negative health diagnosis or bad grades.

Not too long ago while Journey was preparing for both a cheerleading and dance competition she began to complain about back pain. Wear and tear to an athlete’s body is a given so the Butlers thought to have her medically evaluated. Sadly at the hospital Brian and Camille had to face their worse fear. The discomfort and aching that Journey was experiencing had to do with a previously undiscovered stage 4 cancer above her left kidney.

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 cancer grows — many times undetected — behind the kidneys until it’s almost too late to do anything to combat the chronic disease. The average survival rate for patients with RMC is 12 months but few survive more than two years.

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“February 11, 2016 was the day,” explained Journey’s dad Brian Butler. “We received the diagnosis on my birthday, a day I always think about my mom who I lost at the age of 16. She died from kidney failure, so when the doctor said Journey had a kidney cancer I lost it. Then they said it was stage 4 and that she only has a 10% chance of surviving.”

The cacophonous crash of everything around the Butlers left their ears ringing and vision in a haze trying to make out what happened. How? Why? A proud dad and husband, Brian only wanted to provide for and protect his family. Although he initially felt stripped of that ability Brian has found a new strength and increased faith.

Journey_Butler_FitFathers“It’s crazy. I thought I would have died inside but at that moment I said “No!” Nothing is impossible and we will win. We just have to go back to what’s natural and God’s design will reboot itself.” The Butlers changed to a vegan diet and have adopted a healthier and knowledge-based lifestyle to educate and encourage parents feeling hopeless and helpless.

Her journey to happiness is about spreading awareness about RMC, sickle cell and cheering for those with cancer to keep fighting and smiling. There is no cure for RMC yet but early detection can help by way of knowledge of the disease, its symptoms and getting tested to see if the sickle cell trait is present. Journey’s family has a GoFundMe page #JourneyToHappiness to assist them and encourage against this lethal opposition.

Fit Fathers will bring awareness to RMC through an extensive social media campaign which includes a video, an online fitness challenge and promotion of #JourneyToHappiness. Fit Fathers will also donate proceeds from supporters of www.FitFathersDay.com to the Butler family and the RMC support group which helps families cope with the disease (www.rmcsupport.org).

Thank you all and let’s wish Journey Butler an energetic and exciting “Journey To Happiness” as she rises above RMC!

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3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration Video

Empowering dads, role models, father figures, families and children during Father’s Day Weekend and the entire month of June which is Men’s Health Month. www.FitFathersDay.com

Brought to you by Mazda, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Volkswagen, PCRM, Whole Foods, REI, Bose, DC Capital Striders, Nissan, Mothers Car Care, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports and Yokohama Tires, the Father’s Day celebration has now spread beyond the Washington, D.C. area to Austin, TX, Atlanta, South Jersey, Oakland, CA, Seal Beach, CA, Cincinnati, OH, North Carolina and San Diego, CA. Email InfoDesk@FitFathers.com for specific details on each Fit Fathers Day location.

TAKE THE FIT FATHERS DAY PLEDGE: Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, while hypertension and other health risks are increased in men 20 years and older. This national campaign asks fathers to commit to specific healthy choices. It starts with dads on Father’s Day taking the pledge and following the simple steps to wellness. Exercise and healthy eating saves generations.

National Ambassador Kyle Arrington of the Baltimore Ravens: Playing in the NFL means constant elevation with new training techniques, eating healthy and maintaining consistent, mental positivity. Also, rest is far too important and I need to conserve as much energy as possible for my defense. But off the field I’m a family guy who dedicates success to my wife and two kids including the addition of a new baby boy in January. Together our teamwork is strong and focused. So make sure you take the Fit Fathers Day Pledge!

Fit Fathers Day 2016 Youth Ambassador: Journey Butler is your normal, super active teenager. The 13-year-old is involved in a nationally competitive double-dutch jump rope team, the Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars and is also cheerleader and an aspiring rapper. Check out this adorable video about ratting out on her older brother called “I’m Telling.” A few months ago 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 some patients survive more than two years. There is no cure yet for RMC but early detection can help by way of knowledge of the disease, its symptoms and getting tested if the Sickle Cell trait is present. Journey’s family has started #JourneyToHappiness to assist and encourage people against this lethal opposition.

Lead by example so your child becomes the example. This is an event to benefit Pediatric Cancer and promote good health. So eat clean, stay active and continue to energize your life.

#FitFathers #FitFathersDay #JourneyToHappiness #MensHealthMonth

Fit Fathers would like to thank all of our partners for the 2016 Fit Fathers Day Celebration!

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