April 26, 2002
HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROMOTES ANTI-TOBACCO THEMES
AT SATURDAY’S KNIGHTS’ GAME
Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Health Department will sponsor some good, clean fun at a night with the Knights. The Health Department is teaming up with the Charlotte Knights to promote tobacco-free living.
Before the Knights and Jose Canseco take the field, it’s Charlotte-area teenagers who’ll have the spotlight. Saturday night’s game starts at 7:15 at the Knights’ Castle in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
The first 1,000 teens (and kids) 18 or younger entering the ballpark will get free T-shirts before the Knights take on the Columbus Clippers. Wade Hampton will talk to the crowd before the game about surviving throat cancer, and area students will interview Knights players for a future broadcast on the Health Department’s Time-Warner cable program “Healthy Connections.”
Along with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, the American Cancer Society, Oral Health America, the Health Department’s “Fighting Back” Program, Project ASSIST and REACH 2010 will have representatives at the game to help spread the word about substance abuse, smoking cessation programs and the health risks of tobacco use.
Students from Independence High School and East Mecklenburg High School will be promoting teen-centered smoking cessation programs and support groups like the “Dream Team” and SWAT – Students Warning Against Tobacco. These groups sponsor in-school events aimed at their peers and provide students with the information and support to stop smoking.