Healthy Hoops Kentucky helps bring hope to kids with asthma through doctors, basketball

No child wants to be on the sidelines during play time. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that children with asthma must often sit idly by while their friends run around.

Countless local kids with asthma have benefited from an annual program that offers support, education, and fun for a decade now. The 10th annual Healthy Hoops Kentucky event will take place at Central High School on Saturday, Sept. 9. The free event is open to any family with a child aged 7-14 who has asthma. You can sign up online or call (502) 585-8429.

Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals volunteer their time to provide information and education to families, and the kids love it – in part because of the presence of Louisville’s Doctor of Dunk, Darrell Griffith.

“Over a 10-year period, I’ve seen a lot of success stories,” Griffith said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “The idea of educating parents, and brother and sisters, has been a really, really great program for the community. It gives the kids hope that they can participate, and be normal, because sometimes when you have asthma you don’t think you’re normal, especially at a young age.”

 

Free annual Healthy Hoops Kentucky event helps teach asthmatic children how to manage their condition and stay physically active

HHKYColorlogo2Playing basketball, or participating in any athletic activity, can be a real challenge for young people with asthma. Many aren’t able to participate in sports because the disease stops them cold, making it difficult to catch their breath.

For the ninth year, Healthy Hoops Kentucky is holding an event for children with asthma and their families, providing important health screenings, advice on nutrition and medicine, and a little bit of basketball with a Louisville legend.

Healthy Hoops Kentucky moves this year to Assumption High School on Bardstown Road, where participants will receive health education to help them deal with the disease during the first half of the event. Then, in the afternoon, they’ll be treated to basketball skills lessons with former U of L All-American and NBA star Darrell Griffith, along with several other notable local basketball heroes. Among those expected this year are Bellarmine men’s basketball coach Scotty Davenport, along with a number of other men’s and women’s players and coaches from around the region.

“I’m so excited to be involved in the Healthy Hoops Kentucky event to help these kids and their families,” Griffith said in a Passport-sponsored article. “The work that we do to help these young people manage their asthma and learn how they can stay physically active has changed their lives.”

The event is free, thanks to the generous support of Passport Health Plan, The Kroger Co., the University of Louisville, the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, the American Lung Association, and other local organizations. Doctors and other local health professionals volunteer their time to the event.

For more information, please go online to healthyhoopsky.com or call (502) 585-8429.

 

Healthy Hoops Schedules 8th Annual Event to Help Kids With Asthma

‎ilOrganizers of Healthy Hoops Kentucky, now in its eighth year, are bringing some fun into the process of educating families on asthma care and treatment. Healthy Hoops Kentucky incorporates the fun of the state’s most popular sport — basketball — with learning how to manage the disease through the appropriate use of medication, nutrition, monitored exercise and recreational activities, according to Insider Louisville.

Darrell Griffith, known throughout Kentuckiana as “Dr. Dunkenstein” hosts Healthy Hoops.  “I’m honored and proud to be involved in the Healthy Hoops Kentucky event for so many years,” said Griffith. “The work that we do to help these young people manage their asthma and learn how they can stay physically active has changed their lives.”

For the full article from Insider Louisville, click here.  For more information on Healthy Hoops Kentucky, which takes place September 19, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Moore Traditional High School, click here.  Registration is now open!

 

Registration Open for 8th Annual Healthy Hoops Kentucky Event for Children with Asthma

HHKYColorlogo2One of Kentucky’s favorite sports – basketball – helps to raise awareness for asthma, a growing medical issue in the Commonwealth. The annual Healthy Hoops Kentucky event will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Moore Traditional High School, 6415 Outer Loop, in Louisville.

Now in its eighth year, the event is held to help educate families on asthma care for children ages 7 to 13 in a fun and festive way. The purpose of the event is to help children with asthma and their families learn how to manage the disease through the appropriate use of medication, nutrition, monitored exercise, and recreational activities.

University of Louisville basketball legend Darrell Griffith is the Honorary Chair host for the free event. More than 300 children and adults are expected to participate. For more information, go online to healthyhoopsky.com.