The third annual Family Community Health and Fitness Challenge in Pleasantville, a free event to promote health through fun physical activity, will take place this Saturday, June 22, at the city's Max Manning Complex.The event is intended to challenge the community - people both young and old - to be active and healthy. The event will include lessons on volleyball basics, golf putting and chipping contests, dance classes, a basketball clinic, soccer basics sponsored by Nike and much more.
The event is sponsored by Pleasantville native and former NFL draftee Kyle Lockett, president of the nonprofit K-Loc Healthy Kids, which he co-founded with his family with a mission of encouraging adolescents to be active.
Lockett is a 2002 Pleasantville High School graduate and was the first Pleasantville graduate in more than 30 years to go to NFL, said his mother, Vivian Lockett, executive director of K-Loc Healthy Kids.
"When he didn't make the cut, he came back home to pursue his passion for fitness training and to promote overall health in our community," she said.
During the June 22 challenge, Lockett, who is also the defensive line assistant football coach and strength and conditioning trainer at Pleasantville High School, will host his elite speed, agility and conditioning workout geared for children ages 8-18, particularly those considering getting involved in a sport.
"It's a way to broaden young people's exposure to all sorts of the sports that are available to them," Vivian Lockett said. "Oftentimes younger kids aren't exposed to nontradition sports like volleyball or golf until they reach high school, but these sports are great gateways to scholarship opportunities, and it's beneficial for them to have a foundation and understanding of the sport as early as possible, so they can see what they like and what they're good at."
The event will include a physical fitness challenge with eight back-to-back activities ranging from "squats to hula hooping." Army recruiters from Northfield will attend, hosting their own exercise event and helping with the overall program.
"Both of my boys are military kids, and their father, who has died, was a decorated war veteran, so another big part of our nonprofit is supporting military families and veterans," Vivian Lockett said.
The Family Community Health and Fitness Challenge is modeled after first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign and the NFL's "Play 60" program, which both encourage youth to be active and healthy.
Additional event sponsors include Nike, Jaws: Jaworski's Foundation's Jaws Youth Playbook, which works to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, the City of Pleasantville, the United Way of Atlantic County, Subway of Pleasantville, AtlantiCare and American Legion Post 81.
All are welcome to attend this event, and can participate or observe.
"K-Loc Healthy Kids is going to be holding more events like this throughout the year," Vivian Lockett said. "Sometimes a gym membership just doesn't make the list of financial prioritizes for a family, so free events like this are crucial for this community."
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Third annual Kyle Lockett and Nike Community Health and Fitness Challenge
June 22. Registration is from 8-8:45 a.m. Event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Max Manning Complex, 1100 Lincoln Ave, Pleasantville