Wednesday September 28, 2011 4:07 PM

Health And Hope

Rockets stage first annual Health Fair, offer assistance to hundreds of children


Rockets.com staff




HOUSTON - An 8-year-old boy having a life-altering eye issue properly diagnosed. Hundreds of children learning the fundamentals of proper nutrition. Dental exams for a few kids who had never even experienced one before.

And a whole host of fun and games for all involved.

This past weekend, the Houston Rockets teamed up with local health professionals to provide complimentary optical and dental checkups, heart screenings and flu shots to 300 underserved children who were invited from local Houston area charities. It was all part of the club’s first-annual Health Fair, a project put together and spearheaded by the Rockets and Houston cardiologist Dr. Asif Ali.

The event provided sorely-needed medical and dental assistance to all the children involved, though perhaps no one benefited more than 8-year-old Caleb, whose eye issue had gone undiagnosed for nearly 5 years, adversely affecting his education and other aspects of his life. Thanks to the Health Fair he’ll now get the help he needs to have the problem solved and his vision corrected.

In addition to the health exams, the children had the opportunity to obtain information at various nutrition stations as well as a chance to compete for prizes in an interactive fun zone that included a giant game of Twister and an opportunity to interact with “Dr. Clutch” the Rockets Bear.

All participants also received a Rockets backpack and school supplies.

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