Third annual “Kick Butts Day” kickball game held to promote tobacco awareness

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Junior high and high school students in Hearne gathered at the district’s softball field on the afternoon of May 15 to watch more than just a fun game of kickball. In addition to the teachers vs. students’ kickball competition, employees of the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) were on site in order to educate audience members about the dangers and consequences of tobacco use.

“We thought, what better way to celebrate national ‘Kick Butts Day’ than a kickball game,” said Ronda Jackson, Community Coalition Coordinator for BVCASA. “It was great to see all these students having so much fun while also learning about the harmful effects of smoking.”

Members of high school’s Zero Tolerance Coalition competed against a team of teachers and staff from Hearne ISD. As observers enjoyed the game, informational packets about tobacco were distributed, presenters used visual aids to show the damage smoking does to a person’s mouth and lungs, and on-field games were played to teach tobacco facts and encourage youth to be smoke-free. Mini-game winners were awarded gift cards to Grand Station Entertainment in College Station, who generously donated over $200 in prizes.

Incidentally, the reigning champions, the teachers, lost the kickball game despite their best efforts, and student members of the Zero Tolerance Coalition walked away with a trophy, bragging rights and useful knowledge about tobacco use.

Chilly Willy’s sold snow cones at the event and donated all the proceeds to the Zero Tolerance Scholarship fund. The club would like to thank Roy with Chilly Willy’s for their generous contribution.

Local Report | Robertson County News

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