Rashad Jennings, a native of Forest, Va., is well known locally and nationally after starring as a running back at Liberty University, playing an eight-year career in the National Football League, and winning television show Dancing with the Stars in 2017.
This weekend, Jennings' creation, 180 Weekend, continues in Lynchburg with a mission to address community issues and bring people together for fun and fellowship.
Jennings formed 180 Weekend under the Rashad Jennings Foundation, which focuses on reading and education literacy throughout the country.
Thursday night, Jennings and various community leaders gathered at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg for a public round table discussion to address problems that are most important to area residents. Attendees were encouraged to get involved in the 180 mission and find ways to help solve those problems.
Tonight, Jennings will host Date Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Liberty University LaHaye Fitness Center for partners to dance, dine, receive ballroom dance instruction and hear a discussion on relationships. There is a $60 per couple fee.
Saturday is Camp 180, a non-padded football camp for youth with instruction from college and pro football players and high school coaches. There will be no hard contact in the camp for safety reasons. All participation spots have been filled. The camp takes place at Liberty University.
Sunday is Family Fun Fest at Miller Park in Lynchburg. There will be fun activities such as a dunking booth, painting, and others. The event is free to the public.
For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/RashadJenningsFoundation/
For the full story, see the July 17 edition of the Times Virginian.