6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Each One Teach One

 Words by Adrian McQueen, Photos by Leon Brittain, Henri Fisher, Garvin St Villier and Adrian McQueen

Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was elevated by Fit Fathers for the 6th consecutive year with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together 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 our media partners at Radio One, Fox 5 DC, News Channel 8, WUSA 9 and a host of 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 morning.


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News Channel 8: Let’s Talk Live About Fit Fathers Day

This Father’s Day there is something different and exciting for the entire family. Fit Fathers Day is a free fun-for-all fitness celebration, taking place in downtown Silver Spring, MD on Father’s Day. Today on “Let’s Talk Live”, we learned more about the event and its host organization from Kimatni Rawlins, Founder of the Fit Fathers Foundation. [Read more…]

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.

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Fox 5 DC Celebrates 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Event

The Fit Fathers Foundation had a great time on Fox 5 — Good Day DC — this morning with Wisdom Martin discussing the 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration Sunday June 19 in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Come join us for a free, fun for all, family event with Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington, music artist Raheem DeVaughn and Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni Rawlins. More details at www.FitFathersDay.com.

All fitness levels and ages

Eat clean, stay active and energize your life. 

An Event to Benefit Pediatric Cancer and Promote Good Health

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Brought to you by Thule, Mazda, Toyota, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Volkswagen, Whole Foods, REI, Bose, DC Capital Striders, PCRM, 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, Philadelphia, TX, Atlanta, South Jersey, Oakland, CA, Seal Beach, CA, Cincinnati, OH, North Carolina, Houston, New York City and San Diego, CA. Email InfoDesk@FitFathers.com for specific details on each Fit Fathers Day location.

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2nd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Whips DMV Dads & Families into Shape

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Words & Photos by Adrian McQueen; Additional Photos by Henri Fisher & Leon Brittain

Group exercise routines, dancing, Double Dutch teams, fitness contests, smiles and laughter accurately depicts what took place at the 2nd Annual Fit Fathers Day (FFD) celebration. Typical Father’s Day ideas consist of brunches or cookouts so the Fit Fathers team decided to shake things up a bit. We brought the celebration back to Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD from 10 am to Noon, still leaving time for families to go along with their regularly scheduled plans. Fit Fathers, DaddysCool.com and Powerful Beyond Measure came together to show fathers the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. The Fit Fathers Foundation believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges all dads to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives!

2nd_Annual_Fit_Fathers_Day...143An energetic Social Workout was led by Fit Fathers’ founder Kimatni Rawlins, celebrity trainer Michael Bance and 12-year-old fitness guru Jodi Evans, while DJ Blinks mixed sounds behind a stellar Bose audio system to keep everyone entertained. A special 80s and 90s mix was put together for our Terminator Genisys movie workout. Movie posters, premiere tickets and t-shirts were given to the FFD attendees. Fitness contests, family workouts and activities, an inflatable obstacle course, healthy snacks, health screenings, gift bags and demonstrations gave this Father’s Day event something for everyone. Another highlight was the timed fitness course that crowned James Swink Mr. Fit Father 2015. He won four Yokohama tires as the grand prize.

FFD is possible due to Mazda, Volkswagen, Children’s National, Wegmans, The Washington Auto Show, DC Capital Striders and City Sports. The event also highlighted the amazing work of our community and media partners including: African American Health Program, Street Wize Foundation,  National Black Child Development Institute, LoveLife Foundation, 14th Legislative District (Montgomery County), Action for Healthy Kids, Aspire Sports Drink, Automotive Rhythms, Bance Fitness, Creative Edge PR, African American Health Program, Embrace Kids, Fathers Incorporated, Fit For Life, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Healthyblackmen.org, Kids Being Fit, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Dr. Neal Barnard), Men’s Health Network, Mocha Moms, Kids Being Fit, Shoe City, SOULCYCLE, Strive 2 Tri, The Boot Camp Girl, Throttle Life, Vegan Pro, Meatless Monday, Montgomery County, MD Dept. of Police, Center for Nutrition Studies and Washington Sports Club.

Also, NFL players Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans and Adrian Coxson of the Green Bay Packers, who attended the celebration, served as Fit Fathers’ National Ambassadors for the momentous occasion.

2nd_Annual_Fit_Fathers_Day...126We thanked attendees for supporting our cause with prizes and giveaways courtesy of Aspire Beverages Baltimore, City Sports, SOULCYCLE, Bose Audio, Under Armor, Shoe City and Mothers car care. Through social media and the use of the hashtag #FitFathersDay appearing across multiple newsfeeds, there is already an air of anticipation for Fit Fathers Day 2016. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and partners who recognized the vision and helped bring FFD to fruition. A very special thank you is in order for all the patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

Although Fit Fathers Day is a special occasion to recognize Dads during their time of celebration, our mission is to also become active with, Moms, kids and families throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Fit Fathers events as we move forward to engage with different  communities around the country. Enjoy the photo gallery.

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