S.W.A.T. team hosts Kick Butts Challenge 05.03.24

May 3, 2024

S.W.A.T. team hosts Kick Butts Challenge

MOBILE, Ala. — In recognition of 2024 National Kick Butts Day, the Mobile County Health Department’s S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) teams from Alma Bryant, Williamson, Chickasaw, and Mary G. Montgomery high schools continue taking action to educate their peers on the dangers of nicotine use, by conducting their annual Kick Butts Day Challenge.

The Kick Butts Challenge, normally conducted on Kick Butts Day, took place on April 26 at Mattie T. Blount High School. More than 100 local high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets brought their school pride, as they competed to be recognized as physically and mentally fit cadets throughout Mobile County.

This fitness/mental challenge is sponsored by the S.W.A.T. teams, in partnership with the Mobile County Public School’s Director of Army Instruction Lt. Col. Robert F. Barrow, and U.S. Marine Corps units at Fort Whiting in Mobile.

The Kick Butts Challenge is designed to make youth think about the benefits of a smoke-free/vape-free environment when trying to be physically fit. The purpose is to bring awareness to the dangers of smoking, vaping, and second-hand smoke.

“Not smoking today can put our youth in greater physical and mental shape for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Harold Jones, who oversees the S.W.A.T. program. “Nicotine is an addictive substance in all tobacco products. Ninety percent of all tobacco users start by age 18. So, we must give early and consistent education to our youth about the health risks of nicotine use.”

In recognition of the event, the S.W.A.T. received proclamations from Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner.

For more information about the tobacco program or to set up a presentation, contact Jones at 251-544-2064 or hjones@mchd.org. To learn about the nationwide campaign, visit www.KickButtsDay.org or www.TobaccoFreeKids.org.