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Team8 Tour – North Carolina

Following up some truly amazing days in Houston, the Team8 Tour continued its journey of building healthy communities with a visit to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County was the hub for a day full of volunteerism, fresh fruit, outdoor activities, healthy lifestyle lessons, and community support for the area’s youth.

Thanks to funding provided by UnitedHealthcare and the energy and enthusiasm contributed by UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteers, the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County now enjoys a brand new community garden. Volunteers worked hard to complete the vegetable beds, revitalize the playground, and re-landscape the grounds with an assortment of plants and flowers.

Alongside the second shift of energetic volunteers, the Boys and Girls Club members took part in a homework “power hour” and demonstrated their creative talents by painting and decorating herb pots which made for beautiful finishing touches on their new community garden.

One of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation programs being funded by UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteer initiative is Healthy Choices, Healthy Children. Gina, a registered dietician from UnitedHealthcare, helped celebrate the launch of the program by educating club youth on preparing and eating healthy snacks. Several children ate fruits like honeydew for the very first time! Out on the club’s grounds, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) team, aided by “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteers, led the children through a series of fun and engaging sports activities.

Whether learning how to make a healthy snack, playing on the field, or hunkering down over homework, this event was just the beginning of the community’s engagement with the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children programming that now runs throughout the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County.

The Tour’s impacts extend well beyond the Boys and Girls Club. Students at high schools in Charlotte and Raleigh are also benefitting from CRSF’s Uncommon Athlete program, which trains student-athletes, coaches, and parents to live by specific core values of an Uncommon Athlete using live on-site presentations and practice activities to foster healthy habits and to create a culture of “competition with character.”

Through this unique mix of activities, the goal of the Team8 Tour is to inspire and support the community’s commitment to healthy living. Overall, this leg of the tour will positively impact about 1,500 of the region’s youth.

Next up: Chicago promises to be a kick. We can’t wait to get together again for more community impact and lots of good, healthy fun!

Jeff Honea is the executive creative director at EcoMedia.

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About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

For the last 15 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed circumstances across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripken’s created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation use sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 8 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.

In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just five years, the Ripken Foundation has created 55 completed parks across the country, impacting over 235,000 kids annually. In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Parks and mentor programs.


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