April 18, 1997
Media Contact: Beth Palevich
Phone: (410) 955-4288
Johns Hopkins first year medical students are hosting the 16th annual sports "clinic" for fourth, fifth and sixth-graders from East Baltimore. The free events will be from 8:30 a.m to noon on Saturdays, April 19 and 26 and May 3 and 10. In past years, as many as 500 local children participated.
"We hope to be a positive influence on our community's children, encourage healthy activity and have fun," says Kathryn Ackerman, a co-chair for the program.
With a parent's permission slip and medical waiver, the children may participate in softball, basketball, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, football, aerobics, cheerleading and Frisbee. Even without a slip, they can participate in arts and crafts. "The kids are so excited and look forward to the clinics every year," says Daniel Garibaldi, co-chair of the sports clinics.
The majority of first year medical students organize the clinics by either coaching, recruiting, fundraising or volunteering. "This is the biggest extra-curricular activity we organize as an entire class," Ackerman said. "It gives us a chance to break away from the books."
Youngsters participating will be from Dunbar, Bernard Harris, Charles Carol, City Springs and Thomas G. Hayes. The activities will be in the Denton A. Cooley Center and the Dunbar High track and field.