Josephinum Academy's Jo Jamboree 2018! health and wellness festival attracted more than 200 people to participate in the school's first celebration of its kind featuring free youth sports clinics, nutrition workshops, games, health and wellness screenings and more.
The event at the "Jo," Chicago's longest standing all girls Catholic high school, showcased the school's newly renovated softball field, funded largely by a Diamond Project grant from Chicago Cubs Charities.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA star Tamika Catchings said, "It's really important for kids to get out, be active and find something they like to do. We had three basketball clinics, lots of kids and lots of happy!"
Kids enjoyed soccer drills with Joanna Boyle of the Chicago Red Stars and a softball clinic with representatives from the Chicago Bandits.
Highlights of the day included a sushi rolling demonstration, stage combat classes, a kids' obstacle course and music by DJ Ca$h Era. Nursing students and faculty from Resurrection University offered health screenings and tips on nutrition and fitness.
"Providing members of our community with information about their health is good for individuals and their families," said Therese Scanlan, Ed.D., President, Resurrection University. "We are eager to participate in events that help people live better."
Patti Tuomey, Ed.D., President of Josephinum Academy said, "Our first Jo Jamboree! showcased the best of our school, our partners and our community. We look forward to expanding the celebration next year."
The Jo Jamboree 2018! was sponsored by Big Shoulders Fund, Resurrection University College of Nursing & College of Allied Health, Presence Health, and Scott Byron & Co. with support from Catch the Stars Foundation, Jr. NBA, Chicago Sky, Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Bandits, Benihana and YES!.