After one year of success with a fun neighborhood day at D.A. Smith Middle School last year, the family and friends of Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon – an Ozark native – are planning another event for this Saturday.
The second annual Steve McLendon Fun in the Sun day is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the middle school in Ozark. McLendon’s mother, Cynthia, said there will be free inflatables, beverages, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and cake for residents of all ages to enjoy.
Cynthia said Steve will also distribute free autographed photographs to those who attend.
Cynthia said there is no charge for the event, although shirts and towels will be sold to help fund next year’s event.
The Fun in the Sun Day is co-sponsored this year by Pepsi and Pizza Hut.
“Steve always wants to give back to the community and we figured this is the way to do it, because he enjoys interacting with the kids,” Cynthia said.
“We’re excited because it’s going to be bigger and better than before. The more that come, the merrier.”
Cynthia said Steve was expected back in the area sometime Thursday. He was raised in Ozark, and is a 2009 Troy University graduate with a degree in sports and fitness management.
Steve was an undrafted free agent with the Steelers in 2009 before he signed a three-year deal with the team earlier this year.
He has visited the Wiregrass often since then, speaking at various events relating to teenagers and young adults.
“He enjoys motivating the kids,” Cynthia said. “This fun day is always a great way for our family to do that.”