Time flies when you are having fun! The Gomes family has been very busy growing and staying active together since we first shared their story on KohlsHealthyFamilyFun.org.
The Kohl’s and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Program team had the opportunity to check in with Mom, Julie, Dad, Frederick Sr., and three of the Gomes children about what they have been doing as a family and what they have planned for this summer.
When we first met the Gomes family, they took us to Dorchester’s beautiful Mary Hannon Playground and Park, located across the street from the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Taking us on a tour of the Kroc, the Gomes family gave us an inside view into all the fun equipment and activities in its 6.5-acre facility for the whole community to enjoy. This state-of-the-art play space is still a major center of life for the Gomes. The rock wall (see photo below) that offers 50 feet of vertical fun for all ages is a family favorite. Frederick Sr. works at the Kroc year round with the Bridging the Gap and Choice programs and the family visits the Kroc often to take advantage of their family membership. Josiah, the youngest member at age 8, will spend even more time at the Kroc this summer by attending summer day camp.
The Gomes children are growing up by leaps and bounds. Josiah has graduated from T-ball and will be starting Pop Warner football in July before starting third grade in the fall. His older brother Isaiah, age 13, and going into eighth grade will play Pop Warner football starting in August. When they are not on the field, Josiah and Isaiah can often be found cooking nutritious and delicious family meals alongside their parents.
A particularly passionate chef in the family is Deaniece, age 22, who is already an expert at preparing and cooking the fish that she loves to catch when she goes out on the water. Deaniece plans to spend her summer fishing and traveling for some relaxation before starting career training in the fall. When she’s home, Deaniece stays active by following a hip hop abs video or coming to the Kroc to use the impressive collection of treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes in their cardio area. She and Julie visit the Kroc to dance through a series of Zumba classes together. Julie and Deaniece may make it look easy, but dancing in Zumba or another type of dance fitness class is a tough and effective workout.
While we did not get to catch up with Frederick, Jr., we know that the oldest of the brothers, age 17, still loves to play basketball and is going to be a senior next year. He is considering options for life after graduation from Everett High School, including college, and he’d like to maybe stay in the Boston area. No matter how busy they all are with their individual activities, the Gomes always make time to come together as a family at the dinner table, at the Kroc, or even on a camping trip.
Kohl’s and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Program wants to thank the Gomes family for sharing an update on all the inspiring, active fun they have been enjoying together since last year. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Gomes family’s smiling faces on billboards and posters at MBTA stops throughout Jamaica Plain and Roxbury this summer.