July, 2015 – Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches



Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida returns as presenting sponsor; awards $20,000 grant to the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches


The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida has signed on again to be the presenting sponsor of the 21st Annual Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches that takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on July 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



The Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches Offers Something for Everyone!


Elementary and Middle school children learn the basics of over 45 traditional and non-traditional sports from the area’s leading instructors.  Additionally, they can experience the midway, play games and interact with professional athletes.


South Florida’s interactive youth sports experience, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches produced for the last 20 years by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, is anticipating a record turnout for its July 22 and 23 event at the Palm Beach County Commission located on 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL.


“We are very excited about this year’s Kids Fitness Festival” said Jeff Zipper, Kids Fitness Festival Committee Chair, “From our pre-registrations, we expect attendance will exceed last year. We are very appreciative of Ronald McDonald House Charities and our other sponsors.  The word about the Kids Fitness Festival is out evidenced by the attendance growth, interest by exhibitors and the generosity of our sponsors.”


The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating innovative, effective programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs and other activities conducted by its local Chapters worldwide. RMHC also awards grants to other nonprofit organizations around the world that make immediate, positive impact on the children who need it the most.

“The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida is once again privileged to partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Kids’ Fitness Festival to promote the well-being of children through sports,” said Soraya Rivera-Moya, Executive Director of RMHC of South Florida. “It is an excellent and well planned event, something RMHC strongly supports.  We hope to continue supporting it and being part of it for years to come.”


Joining RMHC in sponsorship of the Kids Fitness Festival this year is Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.  Directed primarily at improving the quality of afterschool and out-of-school programs, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. provides opportunities for children and youth to succeed. Prime Time has been a generous supporter of the Kids Fitness Festival over the years and has returned again with a grant to support the youth participating from summer camp programs that do not have the funds to attend the event. Thanks to their funding, several camps from Palm Beach County will be able to attend the Kids Fitness Festival. Additionally, the Richard and Lesley Stone Family Fund has awarded a $5,000 grant to be used for scholarship to support camps’ attendance as well.


The Kids Fitness Festival will be offering the following sports clinics this year: Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Cheerleading, Cricket, Croquet, Dance, Fencing, Fitness, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Lacrosse, Netball, Pickleball, Polo, Powerlifting, Roller Hockey, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Tennis, Wrestling, Hula-Hoop, Corn Hole, Track & Field, Martial Arts, Quidditch, Yoga, Ping Pong and many more!


It’s not too late to sign up and receive the early registration fee of $12 a day per child. This price is only good until June 17, 2015.  After June 17, 2015 the price is $17 per child. The admission fee includes a Kids Fitness Festival backpack and a full day of fun and activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are admitted free of charge and are encouraged to check out all that the festival has to offer!


Along with the presenting sponsorship of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, other sponsors include: Cardinal-Marlins Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties, ESPN West Palm, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc., the Bone and Joint Center of the Palm Beaches, and the Richard and Lesley Stone Family Fund.


If you are interested in hosting a sports clinic please call Jeremy Panakos at 561-233-3185 or jpanakos@palmbeachsports.com


If you are interested in volunteering, becoming an exhibitor, becoming a sponsor or attending the event please call Angelo Yeskey at 561-233-3178 or ayeskey@palmbeachsports.com


Check out all the information on the festival and photos and videos from last year at www.PalmBeachSports.com/kff



About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission


The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the commission with sports organizations and event owners. The commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.



About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Since 1981, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida has been dedicated to helping local children live happier, healthier and more productive lives by supporting health care and medical research programs, education and the arts, and civic and social programs. Its cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides a “home away from home” for families with ill children receiving treatment at nearby pediatric medical facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  RMHC of South Florida also awards grants to local not-for-profit organizations serving children through a portion of donations from McDonald’s customers and Global Ronald McDonald House Charities matching grants.