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ForKids plans for Field Day

ForKids is preparing for its annual field day fundraising event with a new activity to offer.

Field Day ForKids will have events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Cedar Point Club, 8056 Clubhouse Drive.

The event started as a golf tournament, but ForKids wanted to allow folks who don’t play golf to get involved. So this year, there will once again be plenty of events to choose from, or participate in them all.

“Last year, we had to really come together in an amazing way with all of the COVID-19 tweaks,” said Sarah Carr, capital campaign manager at ForKids. “It turned out to be a fun day for everyone.”

The day starts with a walk from 9 to 10 a.m. around the country club. Many moms with strollers and others come to enjoy the beautiful scenery by the Nansemond River. Next, participants can play tennis or pickleball. Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis for a game that is not as intense as standard tennis, but just as fun. Then from 1 to 5 p.m., golfers will have their chance to play their 18 holes on the golf course.

New to the lineup is Par 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, it is open to experienced golfers, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m., it is available for novice challengers. Par 3 courses are smaller holes, closer to miniature golf. This allows inexperienced players a simplified game, while experts can use the time to fine-tune their skills.

“It’s really great for those who don’t know the sport,” said Carr. “You can still see the hole and have fun while getting to learn the sport.”

For those who can’t come out, an online raffle will be going on that day to allow people to support the cause. Items for the raffle include a $1,000 shopping spree at Diamonds Direct, a round of golf for four players and lunch at the newly renovated Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Safe and Sound Home Security System and a Massanutten VIP vacation passport. Ticket sales close at 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

There will still be raffles at the event, including one for a grill donated by Parker Oil. To enter, participants must hit the box for the grill with a golf ball.

All money goes to ForKids to support its mission to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness in Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater. According to Carr, last year in Western Tidewater, ForKids helped 77 families, including 170 children facing a housing crisis.

“This is a great day for those who don’t know what we do to learn about what we are doing in their area,” said Carr. “We look forward to people coming out and being there the day of. It’s going to be a fun day.”

ForKids is prepared to follow all CDC restrictions that will be in place at that time. To register, buy raffle tickets, learn more or become a sponsor, visit forkids.org/field-day.