When children face long or short hospital stays, the experience can be scary and isolating for them.
But people from across the Sacramento region will have the chance to brighten those stays for hundreds of children.
The California Family Fitness Scoop Scoot 2021 is scheduled for Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at William Land Park. The family-friendly event raises funds for organizations including the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. Child Life works to minimize the anxiety of hospitalization, increase understanding and strengthen coping skills while helping children to continue their typical growth and development.
“Scoop Scoot always makes for a fun summer evening with ice cream and music in the park,” said Diana Sundberg, manager of the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. “We certainly appreciate the community support that keeps us ‘scooting’ along through their generous donations!”
This year, to adhere to health and safety guidelines, participants walk or run around a one-mile loop inside the park. Ice cream, a beer garden (for those 21 and older) and the course are open from 6 to 8 p.m. To help with social distancing and to avoid a mass start at 6:30 p.m., participants can start any time they’d like. It’s a bit different from past events, but no less enjoyable.
Participants can enjoy a scoop of Vic’s Ice Cream, with choices of mint chocolate chip, orange sherbet or vanilla, topped with Ginger Elizabeth chocolate fudge sauce and/or fleur de sel caramel sauce. The beer garden is available for those over 21 years of age.