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ForKids plans field day for adults

The annual ForKids golf event has been changed to a field day with more than one way to get involved and moving.

ForKids Suffolk is hosting Field Day ForKids from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Cedar Point Country Club, 8056 Clubhouse Drive.

Field Day ForKids will include a two-mile walk, tennis and pickleball games, and a golf tournament. In the past, the event was only a golf tournament for 17 teams of four. Now, the ForKids staff is taking participants back to their school days of field day while supporting local families living in poverty.

“The point of this event is to help people in our community, and we want to be creative on how we can assist our community,” said Chief Executive Officer Thaler McCormick. “There are a lot of needs right now.”

The field day has many precautions put in place to keep participants and staff safe. Masks will be required except when competing, and hand sanitizer will be available.

Registration is all online and allows only 50 people per event to keep numbers at safe levels. Registration is already filled for the golf tournament, but slots are still open for the walk, pickleball and tennis. Raffle tickets are also online to reduce contact. The opening welcome speeches are canceled, and start times of the three events are staggered. The golf tournament winners will be announced via Facebook Live, and the celebration buffet afterparty will be replaced with a take-home dinner.

“We are trying to make this a touchless event as (much as) possible to keep everyone safe,” said McCormick.

ForKids is a non-profit with a mission to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. The agency provides housing, education and wrap-around services for families experiencing homelessness or imminent risk of homelessness.

ForKids hosts this field day to raise money and awareness and encourage other nonprofits to keep hosting fundraisers.

“We are trying to be creative in COVID as we safely do events,” said McCormick. “We wanted to create something that allows people to come out and enjoy themselves while still following the CDC guidelines.”

To register, visit forkids.org/field-day.