Flag football, go-karts, and water slides. Those were some of the activities scheduled at the two day kids event put on by Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson down in Pompano Beach, Florida. It was going to be the third-annual "Funday with LJ" but due to a spike in coronavirus cases and more people signing up to attend than what would have been allowed, Lamar went ahead and cancelled the event.
Jackson's third annual event was to be held Saturday and Sunday in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, according to a flyer shared on his Instagram page Monday. Social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are currently not allowed in Pompano Beach, according to the city's website.
The flyer, which said "come have some fun in the sun,'' advertised flag football and water slides, among other activities. It also said adults must wear face masks, and a waiver must be signed for children to participate.
The announcement for the event came more than a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference that interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases.
The news of the cancellation comes a day after Lamar Jackson said on Instagram that he was moving forward with the event.
Jackson has posted an advertisement for the event on Instagram. On Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, Jackson will host local children and family members at McNair Park for six hours on each day.
“Come have some fun in the sun,” the ad says, explaining that there will be go-karts, a rock climbing wall, a 7-on-7 flag football game, two water slides, an obstacle course, a game truck, and a food truck.
“Don’t miss out,” the ad declares, with three caveats: (1) adults must wear masks; (2) Lamar won’t be signing autographs “as his main focus will be to have an awesome time with the children”; and (3) a waiver must be signed for children to participate in any event.
With Florida being one of the country's hotspots for the coronavirus, it is probably best that Lamar went ahead and cancelled the event.