Stomp the Yard is Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Getting involved.

That’s the central theme for this year’s 11th annual Stomp the Yard this Sat., Oct. 7, at Houston Avery Park.

The gathering for gifted youth will be held from noon until 5 p.m., and those interested in attending will need to bring a chair and/or umbrella for the free event. An adult must accompany all children, organizers said.

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Coordinator Dr. Bernard Bishop said this year’s theme is all about teaching the kids to get into positive people and programs, like parents, school activities and others.

“A lot of our kids are telling me they don’t have strong clubs,” he said. “They’re around positive people, but aren’t plugged in.”

Atmore City Councilwoman Susan Smith, Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua and Police Chief Chuck Brooks will be guest speakers.

“We have a lot of local youth singing,” Bishop said. “We’ll have youth ministers from local churches. There are going to be a range of speakers from pastors and educators.”

Additionally, there will be awards given for basketball, softball, ping pong, relay races, tennis and dance competition events.

Food will also be provided at no cost.

On site HIV testing from the county health department will be on hand as well.

Bishop said the organizing committee has added pony rides and the Williams Station Day train as activities for the day.

Bishop said between 25-30 churches and businesses have donated to make this event possible each year.

“I just want to thank all of the donations from businesses for 11 years given in support for the kids,” he said. “The businesses and churches make it possible to do this.”

For more information or if those who would like to help with the event, can contact Bishop at 251-577-1430.