Before I get into the details of the July issue of SI Kids I first want to share some other exciting news with all of you.
I’m thrilled to announce my newest partnership… I was chosen as an SI Kids ambassador. Woohoo!!! I get to share with you the latest issues and offers of the Sports Illustrated Kids magazine so you will be one of the very first to hear all about it.
When hubby and I first became parents we knew we wanted to get our kids active in sports or other activities one way or another. This way, not only would they meet new people and make new friends, but they would also learn how to live a more healthy lifestyle rather than vegging out on the couch 24/7.
Derek played on a basketball team and him and Gina both took karate classes together. Gina was also in girl scouts for 2 years. Talk about cute! hehee. I don’t think we ever purchased more cookies than that time period. hahaa!
Now, within the past 2 years Derek has dedicated himself to exercising and lifting weights every single day. He’s really fit and I couldn’t be more proud of his success and accomplishments. He plans to go to college and become either a physical therapist or trainer to help others obtain their goals of a healthier lifestyle.
When I was offered the position of ambassador to SI Kids I jumped on it. The magazine is great — including easy-to-read stories about pro athletes, instructional tips, humor, comics, activities, and it’s chock full of colorful action photos. It really helps inspire kids to read and aspire to be more active in life. I love it!
The July issue, now on news stands, features Michelle Obama on the cover. As well as athletes and the causes they’re passionate about. Plus, it features a very special story about a 14 year old boy named Will Thomas — the founder of Operation Hawkeye. Not familiar with it? Keep reading to find out more.
Inspired by a tragic military event in the summer of 2011, the then 12-year-old Will Thomas committed himself to shoot 17,000 baskets in his driveway as a way to privately honor our fallen heroes. As others in the community learned of Will’s challenge they began pledging money for every basket made. The feat took him nearly 60 hours to complete and began a mission whose goal in 2013 is to raise over $300,000 for military forces and their families.
Sports Illustrated Kids believes Will is an example of how even kids can change their communities and is inviting others across the country to join Will in his next challenge. The E17 Free Throw Challenge is a 60-day basketball event where kids all over the country will attempt 1,700 (individual) or 17,000 (team) basketball free throws in an effort to raise money and awareness for military families.
Want to know more about this mission? Head over to the Sports Illustrated Kids Facebook page and watch a video about Will’s inspiring story and share how your family is using sports to give back and build a better community this summer.
You can also participate in this mission, either as individuals or in teams, and register and pledge funds at the Operation Hawkeye E17 site: http://www.ophawkeye.com/e17.
All participants will receive recognition from the U.S. Special Operations Command as well as an Operation Hawkeye bracelet. The individual or team that raises the highest donation will receive further recognition and a special prize.
SUBSCRIBE TO SI KIDS MAGAZINE
If you want to take a closer look at the July issue of SI Kids, it’s currently available through iTunes, Amazon Apps, Google Play, or Nook Apps stores. As well as on news stands near you.
To subscribe to SI Kids, visit www.sikids.com/subscribe.
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