Just Have A Ball is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises the awareness of play as a way to combat childhood obesity in Mississippi. In 2007, the Child and Youth Prevalence of Overweight Survey (CAYPOS) found that 25.3 percent of Mississippi elementary students grades K-5 are obese with another 18.3 percent overweight.
Youth Philanthropists Wilson (14 years old) and Hartwell (12 years old) Furr founded Just Have A Ball. Positive leaders with a sense of social responsibility, they identified a need in their community and through Just Have A Ball, they are addressing the need and seeking a solution.
Wilson and Hartwell are Peer to Peer Just Have A Ball Assembly Speakers. The Mississippi Preventing Obesity with Every Resource (POWER) Project recommends in their 2007 Environmental Scan of Childhood Obesity Efforts strategies that youth engage in planning and delivering programs. The report specifically states that youth can best reach their peers. Youth philanthropy has a proven, substantial impact on participants and communities.