Kennedi Randall touched her toes to a stick on the ground that served as home base.
The 9 year old was first up to the plate. She tied her hair back and dug black-and-white Adidas sneakers into the red dirt, focusing on the blue kickball bouncing her way. She paused, scooted to the right and kicked hard to the left as she sped roff to first base, pushing the first baseman out of the way.
It was all part of the second annual Father’s Day Fun event at Rubonia Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A kickball game kicked off the festivities with hula hoops, jump rope, a basketball court and playground to add to the fun.
Derrick Randall, head of the D. L. Foundation that hosted the event, wore three hats: DJ, emcee and grill master. He said Rubonia is typically quiet except for the bass-heavy tunes he played at the event, which he expected about 40 to 60 people to join in.
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“We’re bringing community back to the community,” said Randall’s wife, Kiara. She said she expected to see more of a turnout this year.
“We don’t need to be full,” she said, “It needs to start somewhere.”
Angel Hill, a foundation board member, said the theme is it takes a village to raise the children.
She said the event welcomes everyone, not just residents around Rubonia, to celebrate fathers and their relationships with their children, and she looks forward to next year.
“We’ll be here,” Kiara said.