SAMA’s ‘Youth on the Move’ yields fitness, fun

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

Kids squealed with glee as they got their faces painted, jumped up and down in an inflatable bounce house, and participated in a three-legged race Saturday at Daisy Stocking Park during “Youth On the Move” sponsored by the Second Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA).

“I’m hyped up to do it again,” said SAMA board member Barbara Turner-Hymes who counted 125 children at the event.

SAMA, along with C-Style Entertainment and Promotions, hosted the event on May 18.

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Across town at Derbyshire Park, another event, March Against the Madness, was taking place. After the march and rally, many left after it was over and attended “Youth on the Move,’’ said Turner-Hymes.

Praise for pastor, others
‘Turner-Hymes said had it not been for some of the organizers of the march, the youth event may not have been a success.

She singled out Pastor Tony Barhoo of Living Faith Ministries and heaped praise on Chester McNorton and Danny Williams for their contribution to making sure the youth had a good time.

The event focused on promoting health and fitness for youth (ages 4-12 years old) in the community.

“We feel that our youth should be supported by providing an environment that is safe to exercise, socialize and develop healthy lifestyle habits,” Turner-Hymes noted.

Community support
She said the organizers want to make this a regular event.

“Research studies have proven physical activity, along with proper nutrition, is beneficial to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities,” Turner Hymes explained.

She also was thankful for the many businesses, including Home Depot and Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed, for supporting the effort.

I’m just so happy everything came together,” Turner-Hymes added.

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