The 2013 Slim Down the South Celebrity softball game has “come and gone,” but the memories of the great day amongst the “stars,” will continue to be etched in my mind for a lifetime. The third year was our best ever and we had some pretty amazing sponsors, as well as friends who give so much of their time, their treasure and their support.

I can’t express to everyone how deeply indebted we are to the community at large for supporting such an important day and such an important cause. The childhood obesity epidemic will not go away easily — the only “leveling off” of the obesity epidemic is among kids aged 2-4. Meanwhile, there are still 12.5 million kids under 20 who are not just overweight in the U.S., they’re OBESE, according to the CDC.

Thanks to guys like Michael Kohn, a relief pitcher for the LA Angels, and television superstar, Adam Rodriguez, pictured above, more than just our kids celebrated their successes this past year. Louie’s Kids has helped over 500 children lose over 5,000 unbelievable pounds during the past 13 years. That’s a lot to want to celebrate! So if you came to the game, sponsored some kids at the game, gave of your time or your business support at the game I want to just say with a full and grateful heart, thank you. See our list of major sponsors below.

So now the holidays are upon us and for most of us that means spending time with family and giving thanks for all we have. At Louie’s Kids we are again reminded that not everyone has a refrigerator full of good and healthy foods to come home to during the holiday season. There are many Lowcountry children who not only struggle with hunger, they struggle with nutrition and with obesity — these often they go “hand in hand.”

Our mission at Louie’s Kids is to serve these and other kids in the community who are struggling with being overweight or are trying to stay athletic, or become athletic. We help them through outreach programs like Running Buddies, running groups, family workouts with trained coaches to hopefully help them become healthy and live a healthier life — maybe more than their parents or those before them have. But we cannot accomplish this without the help of generous donors like you. I hope through our “$1 per day for the 25 Days of Christmas,” campaign and our “wish list,” from coaches and kids you’ll understand why it’s as important as ever.

We did not create a nation of overweight and obese children overnight, it might take a lifetime to turn the tide on the epidemic, but we at Louie’s Kids believes it’s certainly possible #onechildatatime.

Seasons Greetings and thank you again for the support!

Minimum donations of $1k for Slim Down the South

Southwest Airlines
Wells Fargo
Taco Boy
Charleston RiverDogs
Whole Foods
Ikon Financial
Awendaw Green
Charleston Marriott
Charleston Party Booth
Mount Pleasant Shuttle
The Ordinary
Black Bean Co.
Ms Roses
Lowcountry Dental
Kids Teeth
Minuteman Press
Rising Sun Drink
Frothy Beard
Adams Outdoor Sign
Rawle Murdy
Charleston Magazine
Post & Courier
Limelight Custom Sign Co.
ABC 4 News
Clear Channel
Charleston Visitors Bureau
J Fletcher Design