Whitesburg KY

Contest encourages kids to get fit



Everyone knows childhood obesity is a problem, and everyone is trying to find a solution. Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal is offering extra motivation for kids to get healthy by sponsoring an essay contest called “Be Mighty, Be Active.” The winner of the contest gets to meet Shaq and hang out at a Miami Heat game. Plus, $25,000 will be donated to the winner’s school to fund an activity for the community.

If you’re between 7 and 15, you can enter the contest by writing an essay of no more than 300 words explaining an idea for an activity that your community can use to get healthy and active. Whether you want to build a soccer field next to your school or get new baseball equipment for the team, no idea is too extreme.

The first 500 submissions get the Shaquille O’Neal Mighty Milk Backpack. The 10 finalists win Dunkman basketball sneakers autographed by Shaq. The contest runs through August and winners will be announced in


For more contest details, including where to send your essay, check out


– Jessica Milcetich

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