Healthy Habits for Philly's Inner City Youth
Organized by: Benjamin Gemberling-Johnson
On Friday, May 23rd, eight inner city kids from Legacy Youth Tennis & Education (formerly Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education) will leave their North Philadelphia neighborhood to experience the authentic rural farm life at Penn State University… and they need your help!
Legacy works with over 4500 kids annually providing tennis, nutrition education and youth leadership programs at over 28 locations across Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden, NJ. Legacy's newest and largest community site, Hunting Park, is committed to teaching healthy habits for inner city youth. Through our NET (Nutrition, Education and Tennis) curriculum, our young student-athletes are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices, both on and off the tennis court.
In a neighborhood where childhood obesity rates are increasingly high, these kids need your support more than ever!
While at Penn State, our eight Legacy kids will have a private tour of a large industrial farm, witnessing the entire milking process. They will then travel to a local family farm where they will actively learn and participate in the day-to-day operations, such as milking and feeding the animals, changing the bedding, and even cleaning the stalls.
Our goal is to expose and educate our kids about the processes from which their food comes from; an experience that will sitck with them for years to come. For many of our kids, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is not only an opportunity to help instill new healthy eating habits, but also to experience a different lifestyle outside of their chaotic and impoverished North Philadelphia community; a community that most of them never left. With your contributions, we can help make these changes happen!
In order to make this trip possible, we are respectfully requesting $2500.00 to support all 8 children on this unique and educational experience. We welcome any and all support. No donation is too small!
We appreciate your generosity and support in advance. On behalf of our Legacy and Hunting Park youth, we thank you for all your help!
Ben Gemberling-Johnson, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
Lianda Swain, Young Friends Society