CityWise: The Investment back-to-school health, wellness and fitness boost

CityWise: The Investment back-to-school health, wellness and fitness boost


(TIANA ) WELCOME TO CITYWISE. I’M YOUR HOST, TIANA STEPHENS. CITYWISE IS PRODUCED BY THE CITY OF ROCHESTER
TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON CITY-LIVING, AT ITS BEST. WELL AFTER A SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL EVENT, A
GROUP OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS ARE JOINING TOGETHER TO CREATE “THE INVESTMENT BACK-TO-SCHOOL
HEALTH, WELLNESS AND FITNESS BOOST,” TO HELP GIVE KIDS A HEALTHY START TO THE UPCOMING
SCHOOL YEAR. LEE DAVIS IS THE FOUNDER OF EAZYWORK FITNESS,
AND ZAIRE DOWNS IS THE ORGANIZER OF THE KICKS 4 KIDS SNEAKER DRIVE – AND THEY’RE HERE TO
TELL US MORE. THANKS FOR COMING ON GUYS. (LEE) THANK YOU (ZAIRE) THANK YOU (TIANA) SO I WANT TO GIVE YOU GUYS A CHANCE
TO TALK ABOUT WHAT EACH OF YOU DO IN THE COMMUNITY. LEE YOU HAVE A COMMUNITY FITNESS PROGRAM? (LEE) YES (TIANA) TELL US ABOUT THAT. (LEE) EAZYWORK FITNESS IS MY BUSINESS. AND WE ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE DEAL WITH KIDS, ATHLETES, WE DO PERSONAL
TRAINING. WEVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT 5, 6 YEARS
NOW. (TIANA) AND ZAIRE, A COUPLE YEARS AGO YOU
FELT MOTIVATED TO REALLY GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND YOU STARTED ORGANIZING SOME
EVENTS FOR YOUR PEERS TELL US ABOUT WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS WAY AND WHAT
ARE YOU DOING NOW? (ZAIRE) WELL IM DOING SNEAKER DRIVES NOW FOR
KIDS THAT DON’T HAVE SHOES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR CAUSE I KNOW SOME KIDS GET BULLIED CAUSE
THEY DON’T HAVE NICE SHOES. (TIANA) THAT’S RIGHT AND YOU ALSO ORGANIZED
SOME WALKS AND THINGS LIKE THAT IN THE COMMUNITY TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. (ZAIRE) LAST YEAR MY MOM, ME, AND MY LITTLE
BROTHER DID A MARCH FOR POLICE VIOLENCE. BECAUSE SO MUCH THINGS HAPPENED LAST YEAR. (TIANA) WHY DO YOU THINK ITS IMPORTANT FOR
KIDS YOUR AGE TO GET OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND DO THINGS LIKE THIS? (ZAIRE) BECAUSE USUALLY WE GET AVOIDED AND
I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY HAS A VOICE THAT’S MY AGE AND YOUNGER. (TIANA) SO THIS YEAR YOU’VE BEEN COLLECTING
SNEAKERS ALL SUMMER LONG AND YOU HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP ALSO WHICH IS GOING TO BE BEFORE
THE INVESTMENT FOR PEOPLE TO BRING EVEN MORE SHOES TO YOU. WHY DON’T YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? (ZAIRE) WELL THAT IS AT…. ON THE 20TH YOU CAN BRING USED SHOES OR NEW
SHOES. TO GIVE SO WE CAN GIVE THEM AWAY LATER. (TIANA) OKAY AND THAT LATER IS GOING TO THE
INVESTMENT EVENT. LEE TELL US ABOUT THIS YEARS EVENT. (LEE) THIS IS OUR SECOND YEAR DOING THIS EVENT. BASICALLY WHAT I WAS INVISIONING WAS BEING
ABLE TO GVE OUR KIDS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY SUMMER. THERE ARE SO MANY EVENTS FOR ADULTS SO I WANTED
TO MAKE SURE OUR YOUTH HAD SOMETHING AS WELL SO THE INVESTMENT, ITS A BOOK BAG DRIVE, IT’S
A BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT, IT’S A HEALTH AND WELLNESS BOOST. WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING FREEE SNEAKERS,
FREE HAIRCUTS, FREE BOOKBAGS, THREE ON THREE BASKETBALL TOURNEMENTS SPONSERED BY THE RAZOR
SHARKS. WE GOT A FLAGT FOOTBALL TOURNEMENT SPONSERED
BY THE STING, WE ARE GUNNA HAVE CAPAWETA, WE’RE GUNNA HAVE MARTIAL ARTS, WE’RE GUNNA
HAVE BOXING, WE’RE GUNNA DO KALISETICS SO IT IS A MAJOR EVENT AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE
ITS LIKE A STAPLE IN ROCHESTER. SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO
EVERY YEAR. WE CAN UNITFY DIFFERENT GENERATION SO ITS
MORE THAN JUST A BOOK BAG DRIVE FOR ME BASICALLY I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ROCHESTER HAS SOMETHING
WE CAN CALL LIKE A BEACON OF LIGHT. YOU SEE WHAT IM SAYING BECAUSE THERES NOT
A LOT OF GOOD THINGS THAT’S HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
WHEN YOU COME TO ROCHESTER, YOU COME IN THE SUMMER TO VISIT YOU ALREADY KNOW THE INVESTMENT
IS SOMETHING I HAVE TO BE OF. (TIANA) SO YOU MENTIONED A WHOLE LOT OF EVENTS
AND ACTIVITIES GOING ON WITHIN THE ONE EVENT. WHO ARE SOME OF THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS? AND WE COULDN’T ALL FIT ON THE SET TODAY
BUT I KNOW THERES A LOT THAT YOU WANT TO MENTION. (LEE) WE HAVE THE DEPEARMENT OF GREAT CREATION
YOUTH SERVICES; THOSE GUYS HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL WITH MAKING SURE WE GOT EVERYTHING
WE NEED. BEING VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE EVENT YEAR IN
AND YEAR OUT. HELPING US WITH OUR YOUTH FITNESS CAMP THAT
WE DO EVERY SATURDAY. WE HAVE YOLANDA SMILES, BLESSING IN A BOOK
BAG, SO THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED US TAKE THIS EVENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. (TIANA) ZAIRE WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO A SHOE
DRIVE? (ZAIRE) WELL LIKE I WAS SAYING BEFORE I KNOW
KIDS GET BULLIED DURING SCHOOL ABOUT SHOES MOSTLY CAUSE MOST SCHOOL HAVE UNIFORMS. SO YEAH I WANTED TO DO A SNEAKER DRIVE SO
WILL STOPPED GETTING BULLIED IN GENERAL. (TIANA) WHEN KIDS STARTED FINDING OUT WHAT
YOU WERE DOING AND REALLY THE NEWS MEDIA HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE ABLE
TO GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT THAT WAY? (ZAIRE) IT MADE ME FEEL HAPPY BECAUSE IM NOT
USED TO GETTING THAT MUCH ATTENTION FROM THAT TYPE OF STUFF. (TIANA) WHAT DID THE KIDS SAY TO YOU WHEN
THEY WENT TO THE INVESTMENT EVENT LAST YEAR AND THEY WERE ABLE TO PICK OUT A PAIR OF SHOES? (ZAIRE) SOME OF THEM WERE CRYING, SOME OF
THEM WERE HAPPY BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST PAIR OF SHOES THEY REALLY GOT THAT WAS VERY
NICE. (TIANA) DID THEY NEED TO DO ANYTHING, REGISTER
OR ANYTHING? CONTACT YOU AHEAD OF TIME TO BE ABLE TO GET
A PAIR OF SHOES? (ZAIRE) YEAH THEY NEEDED TO EMAIL MY MOM OR
SOME KIDS GOT SHOES AS SOON AS THEY GOT THERE. (TIANA) IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THEY NEED TO
KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR BEFORE THEY COME? (ZAIRE) YOU CAN DONATE MONEY ON OUR WEBSITE
FOR OTHER SHOES. (TIANA) OKAY SO YOU WILL BE GOING OUT AND
PURCHASING SHOES IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT KIND OF SHOES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? (ZAIRE) GENERALLY NEW SHOES OR USED SHOES. (TIANA) OKAY EXCELENT. SORRY ABOUT THAT HOW CAN PEOPLE ALSO HELP
OUT? SO THEY CAN COME TO THE INFORM CENTER ON THE
20TH BUT HOW CAN PEOPLE ALSO HELP OUT WITH THE INVESTMENT EVENT? (LEE) YOU CAN GO ON OUR WEBSITE EAZYWORKFIT.COM
ALL OF OUR INFORMATION WILL BE UP THERE. YOU CAN FIND US ON INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK EAZYWORKFITNESS
WITH A Z. AND PRETTY MUCH IF YOU WANT TO INVEST SUPPLIES, IF YOU WANT INVEST BOOK BAGS, IF
YOU WANT TO DONATE MONEY, IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT ALL OF THAT INFORMATION WILL
BE LISTED UP THERE SO IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO BE APART OF THE EVENT YOU KNOW SMALL THINGS
OR ALL THINGS. SO IF YOURE ONLY ABLE TO GIVE TEN DOLLARS,
FIVE DOLLARS THAT’S FINE YOU KNOW EVERY CENT COUNTS. IF YOU JUST WANT TO COME SHARE YOUR ENERGY
CONEGRATE WITH US, ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES. YOURE MORE THAN WELCOME TO DO THAT AS WELL. (TIANA) AND THE EVENT ITSELF IS FREE. YOU DON’T NEED TO REGISTER FOR IT? (LEE) NO YOU DON’T NEED TO REGISTER FOR
IT. THE EVENT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE. ONCE YOU COME THERE YOU GET YOUR REGISTRATION
AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BE APART OF EVERY PART OF THE EVENT. (TIANA) AND LAST YEAR YOU HAD A LOT OF COMMUNITY
ROLE MODLES ZAHIRE INCLUDED AS A COMMUNITY ROLE MODLE AND OTHER PEOPLE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. TELL US ABOUT WHO CAME OUT AND THE THINGS
THEY SAID TO KIDS. (LEE) WE HAD THE BLACK PHYSICIANS UNION THEY
CAME OUT. AND THEY GAVE A CRAZY SPEECH ABOUT INSPIRATION AND JUST MOTIVATION AND HOW TO
PERSERVER THROUGH LIFE AND YOU CAN ACHIVE ANY OF THE DREAMS THAT YOU HAVE SO SHOUT OUT
TO THE BLACK PHYSICIANS THEY DID A REAL, REAL GOOD JOB WITH THAT. WE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE ITS HARD TO NAME THEM
RIGHT NOW BUT THEY CAME OUT AND THEY MADE SURE THAT THEIR PRECESSENCE WAS FELT. THEY MADE SURE THEY TALKED TO THE KIDS, THEY
STOPPED AND PAYED ATTENTION, THEY LISTENED TO THE KIDS. THE MAYOR CAME OUT. OUR LOVELY MAYOR SHE CAME OUT AND SHE SHOWEDA
LOT OF LOVE. GAVE US PLAQUES AND AWARDS. SHE SHOWED HER APPRECIATION. SHE STAYED DANCED WITH THE KIDS HAD A REAL
GOOD TIME SO WE HAD EVERYBODY FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE COME THROUGH AD THEY SHOWED A LOT
OF LOVE. (TIANA) AND ZAIRE YOU RECEIVED SOMETHING SPECIAL
FROM THE MAYOR AT THE EVENT AS WELL. WHAT WAS THAT? (ZAIRE) I RECEIVED AN AWARD FROM HER. IT MADE ME FEEL HAPPY BECAUSE IVE NEVER GOTTEN
AN AWARD FROM THE MAYOR BEFORE. (TIANA) AND YOU’VE GOTTEN SEVERAL OTHER
AWARDS AS WELL IN YOUR EFFORTS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE
WON? (ZAIRE) I GOT ONE FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
FEST. IT WAS A GIANT AWARD THAT WAS THE MOST SPECIAL
ONE I THINK. (TIANA) OKAY THAT’S AMAZING WHAT IS THE
COMMUNITY REACTION TO THIS EVENT WHEN YOU TELL THEM HEY THIS IS WHAT WE’RE DOING? (LEE) THEY LOVE IT. WE NEED MORE EVENTS LIKE THIS. THOSE ARE THE TWO MAN REACTIONS. THEY ARE SO PROUD THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT
ARE STILL IN THE COMMUNITY THAT HAVENT GIVEN UP ON ROCHESTER, WHO TAKE THE TIME AND REALLY
TRY TO INVEST BACK INTO ROCHESTER AND THAT’S WHY WE CALL IT THE INVESTMENT BECAUSE IT IS
DEFANTLY GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT LASTS A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. IVE SEEN SO MANY KIDS OUT THERE AND THEIR
MINDS ARE SO IMPRESSIONABLE AND THEIR EYES LIT UP WHEN THEY SEE THE MASCOTS AND THE BOUCY
HOUSE AND THE FOOD AND THE FREE HAIRCUTS. AND YOU KNOW ITS JUST A GREAT EVENT SO I KNOW
ITS GOING TO STICK WITH THEM FOR A LONG TIME. (TIANA) ZAIRE YOU BROUGHT SOMETHING ALONG
WITH YOU TODAY. CAN YOU SHARE THAT WITH US? JUST TELL US WHAT THAT IS? (ZAIRE) THIS IS A LETTER THAT I AM GOING TO
GIVE TO ALL OF THE KIDS THAT GET A PAIR OF SNEAKERS. SO THEY HAVE SOMETHING FRESH TO GO INTO THE
NEW SCHOOL YEAR. (TIANA) OKAY WHAT DOES THE LETTER SAY? (ZAIRE) ITS BASICALLY SAYING HOPE YOU HAVE
A GOOD SCHOOL YEAR AND DON’T LET PEOPLE GET IN YOUR HEAD ABOUT YOUR APPERANCE. (TIANA) THAT’S GOOD. HOW MANY OF THOSE ARE YOU WRITING OUT BY HAND? (ZAIRE) JUST THIS ONE, I THINK IM GOING TO
PRINT MORE. (TIANA) YOURE GOING TO PRINT MORE. OKAY CAUSE THAT WOULD BE A LOT BUT ITS NICE
TO RECEIVE A HAND WRITTEN NOTE LIKE THAT. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU EXPECTING TO COME
OUT THIS YEAR? (LEE) LAST YEAR LIKE I SAID WE SERVICED OVER
500 FAMILIES. THIS YEAR WE ARE LOOKING TO DOUBLE THAT SO
IF YOU DO WANT TO COME OUT THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH BOOK BAGS THIS TIME. WE HAD TO TURN AWAY A COUPLE OF PEOPLE LAST
YEAR. WHICH ISNT NECESSARLY A BAD THING IT’S A
BAD THING BECFAUSE WE HAD TO TURN THEM AWAY BUT WE WASN’T EVEN EXPECTING THAT MANY PEOPLE
TO SHOW UP AT THAT LARGE OF A NUMBER. WE HAD SO MANY FAMILIES THERE BRIGHT AND EARLY
IN THE MORNING BEFORE THE EVENT EVEN STARTED SO WE ARE LOOKING TO DOUBLE UP OUR NUMBERS
THUIS YEAR MAYBE EVEN MORE OR SO. IF YOU GOT FAMILY IF YOU GOT FRIENDS IF YOU
GOT KIDS IF YOU GOT NIECES AND NEPHEWS BRING THEM TO THE EVENT, LET THEM ENJOY THE EVENT. RECEIVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE FROM
THE EVENT. WE ARE GUNNA HAVE FREE BOOKS, SNEAKERS, LIKE
I SAID SUPPLIES, BOOK BAGS. SO WE ARE GUNNA MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH FOR
EVERYBODY THIS YEAR. HOPEFULLY THE YEAR AFTER THAT IT WILL BE EVEN
BIGGER. (TIANA) I UNDERSTAND THE SPRAY PARK WILL BE
OPEN. AND THERE WILL FLAG FOOTBALL AND OTHER ACTIVITES
SO HOW SHOULD PEOPLE COME PREPARD FOR THE EVENT? (LEE) YEAH COME PREPARED READY TO MOVE. MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE THAT’S THE MAIN REASON
WHY WE PUT THIS EVENT ON BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE BOOK BAGS. ITS NOT JUST ABOUT SCHOOL, HEALTH AND WELLNESS
IS BIG FOR US YOU KNOW. THAT’S THE FIRST THING THAT WE TEACH AND
WE PREACH TO OUR YOUTH AND OUR ADULTS AND HEALTH IS WEATH AND MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE. SO COME OUT DO THE LINE DANCING WITH T DASH
DO THE FITNESS WALK WITH THE VARIOUS DIFFERENT GROUPS WE ARE GUNNA HAVE THERE, DO THE BOUNCY
HOUSES, COME PLAY IN THE SPRAY PARK. YOU KNOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT
THINGS FOR YOU TO COME OUT AND ENJOY AND THEN GET YOUR BOOK BAGS, YOUR FREE FOOD AND YOU
CAN SIT IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND TALK ABOUT IT UNTIL THE NEXT YEAR COMES. (TIANA) ZAIRE WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TELL KIDS
TO HELP GET THEM READY FOR SCHOOL? (ZAIRE) I WANT TO TELL THEM THAT EVEN IF YOU
IS GETTING BULLIED YOU CAN STILL DO GREAT THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY. (TIANA) WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT KIDS CAN
DO ALONG WITH ORGANIZING A SNEAKER DRIVE AND MARCHES? WHAT CAN KIDS YOUR AGE DO? (ZAIRE) IF YOU SEE SOMEONE GETTING BULLIED
YOU SHOULD STAND UP FOR THEM. (TIANA) AND YOU HAVE A LITTLE BROTHER. AD HES BEEN HELPING YOU ALL ALONG YOU WANNA
GIVE HIM A SHOUT OUT? (ZAIRE) SHOUT TO MY LI8TTLE BROTHER ZADIN. (TIANA) HES BEEN A BIG HELP. (ZAIRE) HES THE BEST BROTHER IVE EVER HAD. (TIANA) THAT’S AWESOME. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO LEAVE WITH AFTER
THE EVENT? HOW DO YOU WANT THEM TO FEEL? (LEE) I WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE THE YOUNG KING
RIGHT HERE. I WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE A LEADER. YOU KNOW THAT’S THE MAIN PURPOSE BEHIND
EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. WE’RE BUILDING LEARDERS FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS
SO NOT ONLY AM I IMPACTING THE YOUTH BUT IM IMPACTING YOUNG ADULTS. IM IMPACTING THE ELDERS BECAUSE I WANT THEM
TO SEE THAT ITS DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN LIFE YOU CAN BE IMPACTFUL. LIKE HE SAID IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY BEING BULLIED
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO STEP IN AND BEAUSE YOU CARING YOURSELF
WITH A CERTAIN STANDARD AND A CERTAIN STACHURE PEOPLE WILL RESPECT THAT. AND THAT’S WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT. ITS ALL ABOUT SETTING BENCH MARKS SO THAT’S
WHAT WE DO, THAT’S WHAT HES DOING, AND THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING AS A COLLECTIVE. (TIANA) AND YOU GUYS HAVE A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS
THAT COME UP COME OUT TO MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN. TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS. ARE YOU STILL LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO HELP? (LEE) OH ABSOLUTLY LOOKING FOR AS MANY VOLUNTEERS
AS WE CAN GET. LAST YEAR WE HAD SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE
COME FOR VAIOUS DIFFERENT GYMS. GET FIT WITH JAY, WE HAD EAZYWORK, WE HAD
THE BARTENDERS COME FROM NEW YOR CITY. IT WAS A VERY, VERY, VERY COMMUNITY BASED
EVENT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SHOW A LOT OF SUPPORT. SO WE’RE LOOKING TO EVEN HAVE DOUBLE TRIPLE
THE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT THIS YEAR FOR VARIOUS DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION. WE GOT TEAM LIFT COMING OUT, WE GOT VARIOUS
ARTISTS COMING OUT. SO ITS GOING TO BE A REAL BIG EVENT I KNOW
I LEFT SOME NAMES OUT BUT JUST KNOW I VERY MUCH SO APPRECTIATE YOU. EAZYWORKS APPRECIATES YOU AND OUR COMMUNITY
APPRECIATES YOU. (TIANA) EXCELENT WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
COMING ON TODAY IF YOU WOUD LIKE TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE INVESTMENT: BACK TO
SCHOOL HEALTH WELLNESS AND FITNESS BOOST TAKES PLACE FROM 10 TO 4 ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH
AT THE RYAN R-CENTER ON WEBSTER AVENUE. YOU CAN CALL (315) 378-7573 OR VISIT EAZY
WORK FIT DOT COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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