First Things First of Greater Richmond, in collaboration with the Richmond Kickers and the Collegiate School Aquatics Center, will host Celebrate Fatherhood—a free event for families—on June 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ukrop Park at the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Chesterfield, Va.
Kids of all ages and their families will enjoy field games, bounce houses, food vendors, the swimming pool, and the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running) and a special presentation for all families inside the aquatics center. Dads can take their baby swimming for the first time, participate in a relay race with their older children, or just relax with the family.
“Celebrate Fatherhood is a unique chance for fathers to engage in meaningful activities with their children,” said Jeff Ukrop, Chair of the Board of Directors for First Things First. “While it’s important for children to feel valued and appreciated by their fathers, its just as important for fathers to feel valued and appreciated by their kids. Through activities and competition, kids will get to participate with and cheer on their dads to show how much they love them.”
At Celebrate Fatherhood, Dads can compete for the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” in the 50-meter competition pool, while families will swim in the smaller practice pool. Parents must bring appropriate swimming attire and towels to use the pool facilities. The $14 million Collegiate School Aquatics Center opened in March 2012 and is the new home to the swimming pool that was used in the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials.
“We are excited to host this event to celebrate fatherhood and all that it stands for in Richmond,” says Truin Huntley, executive director for First Things First. “We know that boys who grow up without fathers are more likely to become unmarried fathers themselves at a young age, perpetuating the cycle of absentee fatherhood, and that girls growing up without fathers are more likely to fall victim to early sexual involvement and teenage pregnancy, perpetuating the cycle of single-parenthood.”
For more information and to register for Celebrate Fatherhood, visit www.FirstThingsRichmond.orgtags Father's Day cost