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Roots, Rock, Run 5K in Newark Results and Pics

“Let’s get together and feel alright” is the slogan for GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s 1st Roots, Rock, Run 5K in Newark, New Jersey, on October 1, 2016. Despite the inclement weather, the race had over 150 runners and walkers at Weequahic Park in the city’s South Ward.   The energy of the largely Black audience was electric.  Community members gathered to get their numbers, dance, and move outside. We started with an energetic warm up Zumba session with Lisa Charles of…

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Get Ready for Roots, Rock, Run 5K

Join GrassROOTS Community Foundation on Saturday, October 1st, 9am at Weequachic Park (Meeker Street entrance) for Roots, Rock, Run 5K community walk/run.   Roots, Rock, Run is an interactive, fun, neighborhood-based health promotion event that aims to reclaim impoverished neighborhood spaces for health. The event raises awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthier living, and raises funds to support programs and organizations that make healthier living a priority for impoverished women and girls. Hear from Mayor Ras J.…

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Full Court Dress Youth Charity Basketball Game

#FullCourtDress promotes giving back and fitness in a fun and festive environment. SuperGirl Tori, an avid and skilled basketball player is bridging her love for the game with her commitment to helping homeless families. Her goal is to collect at least 100 coats that protect children from the cold of winter. The basketball game will be youth-led, including a half-time fashion show. With support from local college team players and former WNBA players, the event is an example of youth…

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Roots, Rock, Run Fun Run

On Sunday, September 25th the GrassROOTS Community Foundation in collaboration with the Newark YMCA presents a Fun Run led by Lisa Morgan, Newark Hall of Famer, Team USA World Junior Championship Coach. Youth and their families across the city will meet at the Newark YMCA at 9am to run to Military Park and back. There will be prizes for youth, and as with all GrassROOTS programs we will have a dance contest.  It’s free and open to all.  No registration required.…

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Back-to-School Fun Run

On Sunday, September 18th the GrassROOTS Community Foundation in collaboration with the City of Newark presents Back-to-School Fun Run led by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. Youth and their families across the city will meet at the foot of Newark City Hall 920 Broad Street at 9am to run to Military Park and back.
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SuperGirls Learn the Basics of Good Mental and Sexual Health

Mental Health: Identity Our goal is to increase self-efficacy and girls’ confidence. In so doing we strive to reduce incidences of anxiety and depression, and suicide rates. Kazi of The Medicine Lifestyle, taught the New Jersey SuperGirls about focus, form, and force through the art of Tai Chi. Campers learned this ancient art to help cultivate their ability to quiet their minds and bodies. The girls met the practice with initial resistance, but eventually perfected their movements and breathing techniques.…

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