Stomp the Yard coming Saturday

Published 4:44 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Children have their faces painted by a clown during Stomp the Yard 2011.

The sixth annual Stomp the Yard event is scheduled to get under way Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. at Houston Avery Park. Coordinator Bernard Bishop said this year’s event is shaping up to be a memorable one.

“This year we will have many great speakers,” Bishop said. “On education we will have (Escambia County High School principal) Mr. (Zickeyous) Byrd. On Law Enforcement we will have Warden Cynthia White from the Alabama Department of Corrections, and our local Sheriffs Department will speak on crime prevention. Alabama Health Department officials will talk on HIV, AIDS, STDs, teen pregnancy prevention. Also confidential HIV testing will be provided at no cost. Pastor Darryl North will be speaking to the kids about getting to know God for themselves.”

Saturday’s events will include plenty of was to get active, including three on three basketball games, ping pong, tennis, volleyball, softball and much more. Bishop said there will be entertainment provided throughout the day and  there will also be food provided for everyone in attendance.

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“My wife and I are excited about this year’s event because we get another chance to give back and invest in the youth of our city,” Bishop said. “This day is geared toward bringing unity to the city of Atmore, and for the last five years we have seen that dream come true. We are inviting the entire city to come out and enjoy the day with us, and we are asking parents to please accompany their children. Everything about this event is free and open to the public. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their continual support. Without them this event would not be possible.”