On Saturday, March 25 in front of the Bryant Student Union, CF hosted a Community Sports day to raise money for United Way.

CF allied with the United Way of Marion County, Frank DeLuca YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County to sponsor this United Way Kickoff Event.

The Sports Day at CF aimed to accomplish the awareness of the importance of physical activity, and having fun in the community. The statistics show that children should be active at least an hour a day, which is crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s great that CF wants to encourage sports with kids,” said Gonzalez, a student in the nursing program and a volunteer for the Sports Day. “As a student nurse, we believe in promoting active lifestyles for long term health.”

Mark Ross, an assessment specialist at CF, took the lead in getting everything together for the event. Showing up on the scene before eight in the morning to start setting up, Ross was dedicated and driven to make this day go off without a hitch. The event officially started at 10 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m.

“Our sports areas are open to the community, so that we can get more visibility and share the athletes to the community,” Ross said.

The Community Sports Day was for kids of all ages to come play with CF’s student athletes and have fun in various activities. Those activities consisted of sports such as basketball, beach volleyball, kickball and dodge ball.  The basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball teams, along with the couches came out to support the cause.

Some members from CF’s basketball teams and event attendees playing basketball in the gym.

“We came deciding to play for the kids and the community,” said Nathaly Alvarez, 19, a CF volleyball player.

A food truck and Kona Ice were stationed in the lot between the gym and the Bryant Student Union to refresh and energize participants at the event. Gonzalez was also on call to assist with any injuries that may occur during the day.

Due to the event being advertised for five days, only 44 people were in attendance. However, the children were very excited to play with CF athletes and participate in the event. Next year, the sponsors hope that attendance will increase because of advanced notices and advertising.

This event will return next year with hopes of even more success. The main goal was to reach out to the community in a positive way, and that is what was accomplished with this successful event.

Make sure to look for the date next year, and join Ross and the CF student athletes for a good time.

Story by: Amber Rondeau Photo by: Mark Ross