Fort Walton Beach Community Relives Childhood at Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids

Special Event Encourages Adults to Spend Meaningful Time with Kids, Proving One Day Can Change a Child’s Future

Fort Walton Beach, FL, September 17, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kids to highlight the critical needs of kids and teens in the community. Today, too many youth are facing serious issues that can deprive them of a happy healthy childhood and negatively impact their future. Day for Kids celebrates the life changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs each day by encouraging adults to spend meaningful time with young people and engage in fun and active play.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is one of hundreds of Day for Kids events planned nationwide (all events are open to the public). The event is located at the Fort Walton Beach Landing on Saturday September 29th from 11am to 2pm and will offer activities for adults and children as well as free food and entertainment. For more information on the event you can contact Rita Cummins at 850.344.7587 or by email at

Day for Kids aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s overall initiative to help kids and teens become more actively engaged in their community, live a healthy lifestyle and achieve academic success. The ‘play’ incorporated in the Day for Kids event fosters creativity, imagination, exploration and helps kids develop and master various skills.

“At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast we change the opportunity equation for kids in our community, enabling them to achieve a great future,” says Shervin Rassa, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. “Day for Kids is a fun way for not only adults to relive their childhood, but for kids to have fun and foster stronger relationships with caring mentors. Day for Kids is just one example of the amazing work we do each day to enable kids and teens to reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship and practicing healthy lifestyles.”

Supporting kids and teens is a critical issue for our nation. Today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents. Our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries and three out of 10 kids are obese or overweight. One in 5 American kids live in poverty.

Boys & Girls Clubs believe that every young person in America deserves a great future and that ensuring a safe, productive place for them to spend out-of-school time is a vital, yet overlooked, factor.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has created engaging educational resources to help communities encourage and develop positive relationships with kids.

Day for Kids is also part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Great Futures Campaign. The Great Futures Campaign aims to redefine the opportunity equation for America’s kids and call attention to the critical role of out-of-school time in reversing the negative trends facing today’s youth. With the public’s support, Boys & Girls Clubs will inspire and empower more kids toward success through life-changing programs and resources.

With a total of 8 Clubs located in three counties across the panhandle, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast provides program opportunities for over 3,900 boys and girls each year. Youngsters interested in joining the Club, learning more about BGC Day for Kids or other youth programs can visit to locate their local Club or call 850.862.1616.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Mission: To inspire and empower all young people to achieve their full potential. Vision: Improving lives of all Emerald Coast youth as the premier youth development organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast serves youth ages 5 to 18 by providing guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, youth development professionals. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast encompasses 9 Clubs and serves over 2,150 youth across Escambia, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. For more information call 850-862-1616, visit online at, and .

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