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My Brother's Keeper - Health Education & Awareness Fair


City of Akron Press Release
Published: 07-15-2015

Health Education & Awareness Fair             

Last year, the City of Akron committed to participating in My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Communities Challenges, as proposed by President Obama. MBK Community Challenges requires participating cities to execute a plan of action with community input, in order to provide expanded opportunities for Akron’s young men of color. Opportunities that teach team-building, provide social services, motivate through mentoring and coaching, and that also link young men to a network of local resources so that they can succeed in school and in life. In accordance with MBK’s mission, the City of Akron created the now underway My Brother’s Keeper Basketball Plus Program.

As a member of the MBK Community Challenges planning committee, Mayor Jeff Fusco recommended that it include a Health Education and Awareness Fair. Mayor Fusco said: “My idea is that we should try to prepare these boys and their coaches for a safe and healthy start as they begin practicing for fall sports. We also need to raise awareness of illness prevention, community resources, and to promote good health for all men of color throughout the City.”

 As a long time supporter of minority health initiatives, Robert DeJournett of Summa Health joined the committee working with participants and planning the Health Education and Awareness Fair.  Partnering in the Health, Education and Awareness Fair initiative are:  Summa Health, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Akron Black Nurses, and Summit County Public Health.

The My Brother’s Keeper Basketball Plus Health Education and Awareness Fair will be held at Buchtel CLC on Saturday, July 18, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. with the All-Star basketball games beginning at 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. This event is open to the public and there is no admission charge for the All-Star games.

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