Get Fit Port Orchard event returns May 19

Fitness event at Cedar Heights Middle School will help fund construction of a school in Senegal.

PORT ORCHARD — The community fitness event Get Fit Port Orchard will once again celebrate fitness through a variety of physical activities, with proceeds going to build a furnish a school in the Kaffrine region of Senegal in Africa.

The event will take place May 19 at Cedar Heights Middle School in Port Orchard.

“From running to Zumba, to soccer and more, this event will get your heart pumping and bring a smile to your face,” said organizer Jeff Hunnicutt.

Admission is free, although donations will be accepted for the school project in Africa. The first 100 adults and 100 children will receive a commemorative wristband. Registration for classes begin at 8:30 a.m., with classes beginning at 9 a.m.

According to Hunnicut, the public education system in Senegal has a low graduation rate of just under 40 percent. He said private schools there have proven to nearly double the success rate, but acknowledged the lack of quality private institutions in the country hinders the chance for children to get a good education.

“Our goal over the past three-plus years has been to build and strengthen a private school in the Kaffrine region of Senegal,” Hunnicutt said.

“In a short time, we have seen the enrollment at Bethesda move from only a handful of kids to over 200, but the school is in desperate need of more resources. Our next aim is toward providing a new library, computer lab and shaded playground space to protect the children from 105-plus heat.”

For more information about the event, visit Get Fit Port Orchard’s website at