Commissioner Jim Gibson, UMC Children's Hospital, and the Jovante Woods Foundation are coming together to promote asthma awareness with a free fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sunset Park at 2601 E. Sunset Road.
The Jovante Woods Family Asthma Awareness Day fair is free to attend and will feature music, food vendors, face painting and other activities including free asthma screenings, pulmonary function tests and asthma education. Former NFL great Ickey Woods will also be in attendance and available for pictures and autographs. The foundation is named for Woods' son, who died from complications due to asthma in 2010.
"As a parent, there is nothing worse than losing a child," Woods said. "I don't want any parent to go through what I did so it's my duty and my calling to fight asthma and do what I can to make sure we put an end to this deadly disease."
"I am happy to help host the Jovante Woods Family Asthma Awareness Day, along with the Jovante Woods Foundation and UMC," Commissioner Gibson said. "I commend Ickey Woods and his family for dedicating their lives to educating families about this deadly disease and thank Ickey for bringing this event to Clark County and contributing proceeds from the event to UMC Children's Hospital."
Ickey Woods was a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals and before that a fullback for the UNLV football team. He is best remembered for his "Ickey Shuffle" end zone dance, performed each time he scored a touchdown. After Jovante Woods' death, Ickey Woods and his wife Chandra devoted their lives to fighting and bringing awareness to the signs and effects of asthma.
The fair will be held in Sunset Park's Area F, which is off Eastern Avenue just north of the Dunes and the railroad tracks. In addition, The Ickey Woods Celebrity Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place on Sept. 8, at the Bali Hai Golf Club. The star-studded tournament will also benefit the Jovante Woods Foundation and UMC Children's Hospital. For more information about Jovante Woods Family Asthma Awareness Day or The Ickey Woods Celebrity Golf Tournament, please go to the events page at www.jovantewoodsfoundation.org or contact Sheryl Burnham at 510-974-6610 or DeSquaredLV@gmail.com.