Family Services is pleased to announce that C.J. Beatty will perform his new single, “Have a Good Day,” at the Wake-Up Walk & 5K, which takes place Saturday morning, August 26, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Bailey Park.

The event is open to the public, and day-of registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Bailey Park.

Beatty, former professional baseball player turned life coach and rapper, said he wanted to help Family Services raise community awareness and support for children and families who are trying to overcome the challenges and pressures of living in poverty.

Beatty is no stranger to Winston-Salem. The hometown athlete honed his baseball prowess at local Parkland and Glenn High Schools and went on to set records at North Carolina A&T before earning a 26th-round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals. After Beatty was released in 2011, he continued playing in international major leagues and now provides coaching and scouting support.

Beyond baseball, Beatty is a popular motivational speaker and life coach for children, youth, and athletes of every age. He has delivered messages on leadership, anti-bullying, goal setting, teamwork, and creating a life of faith to numerous audiences, including the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System, Wake Forest University Baseball team, University of Virginia Football, and others across the U.S.

He has also turned his messages, “Motivation Nuggets,” into successful singles and videos that are gaining traction on YouTube.

His new video, “Have a Good Day,” features scenes and recognizable people from Winston-Salem. In the song, Beatty introduces the “Good Day Get Down,” dance steps that simply make people feel happy.

Beatty will teach the “Good Day Get Down” at Family Services’ Wake-Up Walk & 5K.

Family Services is holding the Wake-up Walk & 5K at the height of “back-to-school” weekend and at a time when the corporate, philanthropic, education, nonprofit, and civic sectors are rallying to ensure that all Forsyth County’s youngest children have the resources and supports they need to succeed in school and in life.

“Early childhood well-being is a community priority right now, and the Wake-Up Walk & 5K  is an occasion for the community to come together to affirm its commitment to make Forsyth County the best place in North Carolina for families with young children,” says Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services.

If you go:

Online registration is open through Friday, August 26, at Registration will also be offered at Bailey Park on the day of the race, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Timed runners must register before 8:30 a.m. in order to be included in race results.

As part of the Piedmont Racing Series the Wake-Up Walk & 5K is drawing participants from all over the Triad, and Dick’s Sporting Goods is sponsoring awards for top 3 finishers in all age groups. In addition to the timed race, the event offers a one-mile fun run and parade walk through downtown, games for children, food trucks, and local vendors and information about community resources.

Participants are invited to donate back-to-school early childhood supplies or books for local children, ages 0 to 5, who are enrolled in Family Services Head Start/Early Head Start and Child Development programs.

More information is available at the event website, or by calling 336.722.8173.