LAUDERDALE, Fla. – An organization that supports mothers’ healthy relationships with their children recognizes the importance of fathers’ roles, as well. To celebrate fathers who are active in their children’s lives and to encourage those who are not, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is partnering with The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Broward County Public Schools Early Education Program and Title I and several other groups for the ‘Me and My Dad’ challenge.

Fathers with their children will participate in an obstacle course, 50/50 father/child relay, basketball, baseball, hockey shootout, tricycle race and other exciting team building activities. Because drowning is the number one cause of death for children five years old and younger, and to launch the Water Smart Broward Campaign, the event will offer information on drowning prevention and swimming in the aquatic park area. Dads’ involvement in the lives of their children is one way to help them grow safe, healthy and nurtured; teaching ways to be “Water Smart” will keep them from drowning.

Keynote speaker will be Luther Campbell “Uncle Luke” with entertainment from 103.5 The Beat host Papa Keith and Hip Hop Kidz. Other guest speakers like Emilio Benitez, President & CEO Childnet and Chair of Children’s Services Council, and other community leaders will be present to inspire the men to be great fathers and role models. In addition, the event will feature a resource fair with a number of local organizations providing valuable information and giveaways to attendees.

To compete in the Challenge, participants must register online at or call Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward 954-765-0550. All male caregivers with children of all ages are welcome to participate in this free event.