Families enjoy Day in the Park with Dad

first_img 9-year-old Max LeSueur shoots while playing two on two basketball. Families participated in the “Day in the Park with Dad” at the Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club in Odessa Saturday, June 2, 2018. Lester Morrison smokes sausage during the event. Families participated in the “Day in the Park with Dad” at the Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club in Odessa Saturday, June 2, 2018.  13-year-old Xavier Brooks shoots between Steve LeSueur and Xavier’s dad Desmond Brooks during the two on two tournament. Families participated in the “Day in the Park with Dad” at the Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club in Odessa Saturday, June 2, 2018. 9-year-old Justice Delapaz tries to dunk her step-father Nick Armenta during the event. Families participated in the “Day in the Park with Dad” at the Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club in Odessa Saturday, June 2, 2018. WhatsApp Home Local News Families enjoy Day in the Park with Dad Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School By admin – June 3, 2018 WhatsApp David Perez could’ve looked around Saturday, from behind his shades in the summer sun, and seen even more of those moments.He could’ve looked over the tug-o-war, the sack races, and the games of basketball, and heard the lively music that was washing out the sounds from the dunking booth, the water slides, and bounce castles — and he could’ve seen more of those flashing smiles, just like the ones he was sharing with his own sons.Each of those moments, he said, were simply precious.Perez and dozens of other fathers and their families enjoyed the fourth Day in the Park with Dad on Saturday at Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club Park, participating in an afternoon of family-focused fun put together by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin and UTPB’s Fatherhood Engagement Program. OC employee of the year always learning 1 of 5 Lester Morrison smokes sausage during the event. Families participated in the “Day in the Park with Dad” at the Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club in Odessa Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Nearly 20 local vendors participated in the event, which brought dads, sons and daughters together to run, jump, slide, bounce, dunk, push, pull and play together during the month of Father’s Day.“This is the best thing,” Perez could put it simply, before calling over his sons, Noah, 9, and Lane, 5. Noah’s favorite part of the day was the slides. Lane liked everything.And for a father like Perez, being able to share that meant the world, he said. Perez said he is in his 13th year as an engineer with the U.S. Army, and he was spending part of a rare day pass to spend time with his sons, and he was grateful to have this event to bring them to.“They have a little bit of everything,” Perez said of the event. “They got wet, and they got to dunk me. That’s pretty cool.”Another father, Desmond Brooks, echoed more of the same after he stepped off the basketball court with his 13-year-old son Xavier Brooks.Aside the inflated castles bouncing away in the park’s gym, the dunking booth and water slides around back, and the yard games next to vendor booths and food trucks on the main lawn, members of the Odessa Police Department ran and helped officiate a set of father-child two-on-two basketball games on the court.“It’s really cool,” Desmond said. He is a former director with the Boys and Girls Clubs, but Saturday, came to just enjoy the day with his son as a participant. “To me, there’s a lot of emphasis made on Mother’s Day, but for fathers to be able to come out and have fun with their kids, and show that Father’s Day is just as important, it’s a big deal.”Those two took advantage of that chance, and said they had fun.“We did,” son Xavier agreed. “It’s really cool to hang out with my dad; play basketball.“They did good,” he added, speaking of event organizers.This Saturday’s marked the fourth such event for the organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin associate director Misha Burleson said, but the first at Wilkerson, and the turnout marked a big success, she said.“It’s just a day to celebrate dads and get the kids out here and create those memories with them,” Burleson said.“It makes all of it worth it,” she added, on seeing families putting that quality time together after a lot of planning.Kendahl Johnson, the coordinator for UTPB’s Fatherhood Engagement Program, said that on days like Saturday, even just a few hours together in the sun can make a big, positive impression on a family.“I think sometimes fathers don’t really have that time or that opportunity to just have a day to spend with dad,” he said.“This kind of gives them that environment that makes them know that dad is still cool, dad still cares. I can see relationships with their kids going to another level just because of a few hours of something like this. … That’s all it takes, is a couple of hours of just enjoying some time with dad.” Summer Spaghetti SaladCreamy Fruit SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Linda Greene paints the face of 3-year-old Lilah Gatewood at the event. Famlies participated in the “Day in the Park with Dad” at the Wilkerson Boys and Girls Club in Odessa, Texas Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleTHE IDLE AMERICAN: To love, honor and writeNext articleMASTER GARDENERS: Dish out fresh cilantro and coriander seed admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local News Families enjoy Day in the Park with Dad ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Davenport Speedway hosts May 20 Modified Madness 50

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa – The winner of the headline event earns $2,000 at Davenport Speedway’s Modified Madness 50 on Friday, May 20.The 50-lap feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds is a qualifying event for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show. The $50 entry fee can be paid at the gate.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 6 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. Racing on the quarter-mile oval starts at 6:45 p.m.Pit passes are $30. All other weekly divisions, including the IMCA Late Models and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, are on the evening’s card and race for all applicable points.Spectator admission will be $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students, with kids ages 12 and under free when accompanying a paid adult.More information is available from promoter Bob Wagener at 563 652-5302 and at the DavenportSpeedway.com website. The track race day number is 563 326-5338.last_img read more

Okpekpe Race Organisers Unveil Plans for Live Bands at Fourth Edition

first_img“Apart from boosting the local economy, the top-flight race will showcase the town on the international stage, and provide a platform for Nigerians to join hands with runners and spectators from around the world and make new friends.’“Our athletes will also benefit from the platform we have created to enable them gauge their readiness for the outdoor season especially the long distance runners,” he further noted.Esan also revealed that adequate medical provisions have been made for participants, both the elite and fun-runners at the race.“A medical station will be available at the start, along the course and at the finish. There would be provision for well-equipped ambulances that will follow the runners all the way and medics will also be present at every intermediary station. There will be a sweeper bus that will pick athletes that are unable to continue the race,” he said.Meanwhile, athletes and officials are expected to start arriving as from Thursday, May 5 to begin the screening and accreditation processes.“Final registration and number pick-up starts on the evening of Friday, May 6 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Yak Motel located after the Federal Polytechnic in Auchi.It will resume again on Saturday morning from 6:00 a.m at the race venue until a few minutes before the road race begins at 8 a.m,” added Esan who advised that athletes should collect their running bib in person with proper proof of identity.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the IAAF Bronze Label Okpekpe International 10-km Road Race have announced that there will be live bands at the finish area to entertain participants on Saturday May 7, when the fourth edition of the race holds in Okpekpe in Edo state.Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan, said yesterday that a carnival-like atmosphere will be created both at the start and at the finish with live bands and a selection of other activities at the finish area throughout the day.“There will also be food and beverages for participants and spectators because the Okpekpe International 10-km road Race is much more than an athletic event.As the only race on the continent holding the IAAF Bronze Label status, we believe the prestige attached to the annual road running festival will continue to have a positive impact on Okpekpe residents,” said Esan who also revealed other benefits the race will bring to the community in particular and Nigeria in general.last_img read more