Kids and kids at heart are excited for Saturday’s second Chick-fil-a Bluff City Field Day in Overton Square.
However, seeing who will benefit from the fundraiser makes the day about more than fun and games.
Proceeds from the Field Day will help two local non-profits fulfill their missions to help at-risk youth.
One such former youth is Rodney Walker. Now an adult Walker is a part-time employee at Memphis Athletic Ministries and a mentor to the kids that attend MAM.
“I see myself in some of the kids,” Walker said. “Motivate them to become a better person than I was at their age and try to help them make better decisions in life.”
Walker is not done being mentored himself, which is where another non-profit comes in.
My Town Miracles, started by businessman Noel Fenderson has partnered with MAM.
In addition the financial support through fundraisers like the Field Day they are hosting, MTM offers networking opportunities to guys like Rodney.
“Whether that be jobs, leadership training, or just life skills, and we’re able to leverage those relationships for a positive impact in the community,” Fenderson said.
MAM CEO Randy Odom says that’s an asset many of the kids they serve don’t have access too.
“My Town partners with us to do things we can’t do,” Odom said. “They bring people, resources and a caring heart that helps us walk with these young kids after they graduate high school.”
Right now Walker is getting assistance studying for the ASVAB, a test for the military.
“In May I plan on joining the Army,” Walker said.
Preparing for the next step in his journey.
The Chick-fil-a Bluff City Field Day is April 22, from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Overton Square.