Former Terp Fokou to Hold Charity Event Saturday

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former Maryland linebacker and current Tennessee Titan Moise Fokou is returning home to hold a local charity event, Root 53 Field Day, Saturday, July 12 at Bullis High School in Potomac, Md.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the school. In addition, from noon to 2 p.m., ten local chefs will be on hand for cooking demonstrations along with an awards ceremony to close the afternoon. The event will primarily focus on fun, challenging football drills and other field day activities. Multiple food vendors will also be on hand distributing free healthy snacks.

“Our Root 53 Football Camps have been extremely popular,” said Fokou. “After we won the Henry L Dixon award this year, we decided to expand our camps and make it a field event so that both kids and adults can participate. It's like a large-scale Root 53 workshop instilling healthy-living skills.”

Those in attendance will be treated to food tastings from hometown favorites like Linda's Luncheonette, Los Lobos, Nishat's Kitchen, Whole Foods, mocktails from Honest Tea and snow cones from celebrity chef Jonah Kim.

The event will feature several NFL players, including members of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, as well as other professional and collegiate athletes from Maryland and the surrounding metro area.

Afternoon activities will feature a tire rolling race, football toss, football tire drill and a tug o' war against NFL players. Local gyms such as Full Circle Fitness, Retro Fitness, and Red Zone Fitness will also be present at the event.

“My and Root 53's vision is to instill healthy and positive living habits in the community,” said Fokou. “We found that doing an event that involves sports and food was something impactful for people of all ages! We hope to see kids, teens, adults and families of all walks of life at our event!”

In all, 1,500 kids and adult participants are expected to attend the event on two separate fields.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Root 53 and Leveling the Playing Field. The Root 53 Foundation and Leveling the Playing Field both serve youth in MD/D.C. areas and have partnered up to put on a large-scale Field Day for people of all ages.

Tickets for the event are priced at $20/kids ($100/team of six kids) and $40/adult ($200/team of adults).The event is for children and adults of all ages.

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Fokou was a three-year letterwinner for Maryland at linebacker from 2006-08 before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Titans. The native of Cameroon founded the Root 53 Foundation in 2012. A 501(c) (3) organization that looks “to provide hands-on learning opportunities for the at-risk youth in urban Maryland, D.C. and Tennessee regions.” Root 53 recently won the 2014 Henry L. Dixon Award for Best Organizational Achievement.