A free checkup for young athletes

Family First Health Center provides physicals for kids eager to play sports

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Dr. Delicia M. Haynes, founder and CEO of the Family First Health Center, presented the center’s seventh annual free sports physicals event on May 21. She was assisted by Dr. Andria Klioze and Dr. Karla McNish of the Volusia County Medical Society.

Dr. Delicia M. Haynes gives a girl a checkup during the center’s seventh annual free sports physicals event.
Dr. Delicia M. Haynes gives a girl a checkup during the center’s seventh annual free sports physicals event.

Family First team members Miriam Penaloza, Merita Kuka and Alexis Avellino were on hand to assist with registration and screening for blood pressure, vision, height and weight.

The Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler County has been a partner for this event for the past four years. The event was held at the Dickerson Center.

More than 40 students were cleared to participate in the local 2016-2017 athletic season.

Followed in dad’s footsteps
Haynes is the daughter of Olympic athlete Tommy Z. Haynes and social worker Marilyn Haynes.

The doctor followed in her father’s footsteps and competed in the hurdles and triple jump while at the University of Louisville.

Students who want to play sports received blood pressure screenings and other tests during the May 21 event at Daytona Beach’s Dickerson Center. Their parents had to pre-register for the kids to be tested.(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
Students who want to play sports received blood pressure screenings and other tests during the May 21 event at Daytona Beach’s Dickerson Center. Their parents had to pre-register for the kids to be tested.
(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

She credits her participation in sports “to helping her learn how to be a leader of diverse groups and understanding the value of physical and mental health from a young age.’’

Completed residency with Halifax Health
She earned a full academic and athletic scholarship to the University of Louisville where she held the school record in the 100-meter high hurdles and triple jump. She then went on to medical school at the University of Kentucky.

Clearing the way for other scholar athletes to participate in organized sports has been paramount to Haynes. She has been performing pre-participation physicals since coming to Daytona Beach in 2005 to complete her training at the Halifax Health Family and Sports Medicine Residency Program.

If you are interested in partnering with Haynes to provide free sports physicals to an athletic group, contact her at drhaynes@familyfirsthealthcenter.com.

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