Over 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the Gold on Thursday

Over 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the GoldOver 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the GoldOver 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the GoldOver 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the GoldOver 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the GoldOver 200 Kids Flocked to The Rose Bowl to Get Fit and Compete for the Gold

Story and Photography by BRANDON VILLALOVOS

3:32 pm | August 4, 2016


Nestlé and Boys & Girls Clubs of America held a gold medal themed National Fitness Competition at the Rose Bowl Stadium for over 200 kids Thursday to celebrate Nestlé’s 150th year in business and to inspire the youth to achieve tangible and short-term fitness goals.

“It’s the official date of our anniversary of 150 years. We want the kids to keep healthy and keep happy,” said Nestlé USA Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood. “As always the Boys and Girls Club are outstanding in what they do and we are proud to partner with them.”

The event was presented in the like of the Summer Olympics as several groups of kids charged out of the famed athletic tunnel donning bright colored team shirts, ready to give it their all in the fun events such as three legged races, basketball shootouts, long jumps, 50 yard dashes and much more.

“After all of this is over, I hope that you take the opportunity to stay fit, to keep on walking, to keep on competing because you never know where that is going to take you,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu.

In keeping with the spirit of the Summer Olympics, the kids were treated to two very special guests including Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersey and Gail Devers who gave some words of inspiration to encourage the local kids and teens to live a life of health and wellness.

“We are excited to be here. When you inspire yourselves you will inspire other people to get out there and set goals,” said Devers.

The young athletes were from a handful of local Boys and Girls Clubs in the greater Los Angeles including Pasadena, Burbank, Venice and Long Beach.

“This community is very visible, but it’s also very involved and it wants to do what it can for young people. There is a whole network of Boy and Girls Clubs that does such marvelous work in this area,” said Chu.