Scobee Teaches Kids With Asthma To Kick

Jaguars Kicker, Wife To Co-Chair 'A Night With Nemours'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was the lesson of a lifetime for five kids from Jacksonville on Friday afternoon. They received tips on how to kick a field goal from Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee.

All five children are controlling their asthma with help from the Asthma Center at the Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville.

"By spending time on the field with these kids, it was clear that you can kick asthma with the right treatment," Scobee said. "I'm honored to help Nemours raise funds to benefit kids in this community with asthma."

Scobee and his wife, Melissa, will help raise money for kids with asthma as they co-chair "A Night with Nemours" on Oct. 21 at EverBank Field in the Terrace Suite.

The funds raised will advance the care and outreach to children with asthma. Tickets are still available at nemours.org/jaxgala.

Last week, Scobee toured the Nemours Children's Clinic and met with the doctors, nurses and researchers working to help children with asthma. He met members of the multi-disciplinary team, which includes eight board-certified physicians who care for children dealing with asthma, led by Dr. David Schaeffer and Dr. Sharon Leonard.

Scobee met with several scientists performing advanced research in the genetics and pharmacology of children's asthma. The Nemours Children's Clinic/University of Florida Consortium is one of 18 prestigious American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers throughout the country. The center is led by Dr. John Lima, and Drs. Jason Lang, a pediatric pulmonologist, and Kathryn Blake are co-investigators in the center.

Duval County has had the highest number of pediatric asthma deaths in the past three years for all Florida counties.

"Nemours is a true leader in asthma research," Lang said. "People who join us at 'A Night with Nemours' later this month can feel proud that they will be helping fund additional asthma research and community outreach programs."