Nuggets raise awareness for No Kid Hungry Campaign
Four Denver players, several coaches take part in nutrition, fitness clinics
WHEAT RIDGE – They came, they cooked, they burned some calories.
Led by NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Kenneth Faried and strength and conditioning coach Steve Hess, the Denver Nuggets helped promote the No Kid Hungry Summer Food Program this week at the Healing Waters Family Center.
Nuggets forwards Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton, point guard Julyan Stone, assistant strength coach Felipe Eichenberger and assistant coaches Ryan Bowen, Jesse Mermuys and Patrick Mutombo also were part of a one-hour fitness clinic for 60 children.
In addition, 40 kids attended a cooking class with Nuggets SuperMascot Rocky, two Denver Nuggets Dancers and renowned chef Mark DeNittis. The hands-on demonstration emphasized the importance of good nutrition.
The No Kid Hungry Campaign, a partnership between Share Our Strength and Hunger Free Colorado, provides free meals to children under the age of 18 at sites throughout Colorado.
While more than 210,000 kids received a free or reduced-price lunch in 2010, Share Our Strength Colorado director Summer Gathercole said fewer than 15,000 received a free summer meal.
The No Kid Hungry Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about where families in need can send their children for free healthy meals.
“In this economy, budgets are already stretched,” Gathercole said. “During the summertime, parents have the challenge of finding a place for kids to go that’s fun, safe, has good supervision and good healthy meals.”
A list of participating sites in Colorado can be found at www.summerfoodcolorado.org.