Fatherhood PRIDE, an initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, hosted its 2nd Annual Fatherhood Barbeque Competition June 17. The competition began in 2016, as a way for fathers to bond with their children. Fathers play a critical role in a child’s development. Studies show that children with early father involvement are more likely to be healthy and stay healthy. Men have an innate desire to protect, care and provide for children. The 2nd Annual Fatherhood Barbecue Competition provided the perfect platform to do so.
The barbecue kicked off at 7:30 a.m. as fathers and their children begin to slow cook their beef brisket, dry rub their ribs and season their chicken.
As fathers and their children grilled, the parking lot filled with over 100 participants and community leaders taking part in the festivities. Children enjoyed crafts and face painting, while partner agencies provided information on their services.
On the heels of Father’s Day, the barbecue competition provided a family-friendly atmosphere that allowed fathers to bond with their children and community members to be exposed to local services while raising awareness about infant mortality.