The American Heart Association announced that Kevin P. Brown Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe will chair the Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk (formerly known as the Rocky Neck Heart Walk) on Sunday, September 25th at 10 a.m. (festivities at 9 a.m.) at the Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, CT.
This is the 27th year of this event in Eastern Connecticut as the Heart Walk moves from Rocky Neck State Park to a new location at the Mohegan Reservation. The 2016 Heart Walk will feature a 3-mile walk, heart-healthy lunch, kid’s activities and more. The goal for the Heart Walk is to raise more than $220,000 to support the mission of the American Heart Association by funding lifesaving research, education and public policy changes to build a healthier community.
After being elected to the Tribal Council in his first candidacy, Kevin P. Brown, “Red Eagle” was also selected as Chairman on October 7, 2013, his first day of holding office. He arrives back home to Uncasville, Connecticut after a 25 year career in the United States Army with extensive leadership and organizational management experience in deployed combat environments. Brown also held stateside management of a large Army base at Fort Riley, Kansas. At Fort Riley, his military role was the equivalent of city manager for a small city of 55,000. He is well prepared for his position as Chairman, having led complex organizations of between 150 and 4000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and government civilian employees, and also having experience in managing multimillion dollar operational budgets. Additionally, he has served as an analyst at the Pentagon in Washington DC following attainment of a Master of Science in Operational Research and Systems Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Brown also holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts in Public Diplomacy from Norwich University, and a Doctoral Candidacy in Security Studies from Kansas State University.
“It is no secret that heart disease affects the Native American community at rates higher than most others. I myself have lost a brother and two first cousins in their 50’s to heart disease. Add to this the fact that as an employer of over 10,000 people, we recognize the importance of wellness in the workplace. This defines why I personally, and the Mohegan Tribe and the Mohegan Sun collectively, have been ardent supporters of this important event for many years. I take particular pride in the fact that the Mohegan Tribe will host the walk on the Mohegan Reservation this year in the season of our 20th Anniversary celebration of the opening of the Mohegan Sun.”
The mission of the American Heart Association is vital to the state of Connecticut. In fact, 8,438 people died of heart disease and stroke in 2014, the latest year stats are available. In the last year alone, the American Heart Association has funded more than $10.2 million in cutting-edge scientific research to fight heart disease and stroke, Connecticut’s number 1 and number 5 killers.
The Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk is locally sponsored by Mohegan Sun, Frontier Communications, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Backus and Windham Hospitals, Waterford Group Charitable Foundation and more. Media sponsors include Soft Rock 106.5, Jammin 107.7, News Now 94.9, U.S. Country 99.5 Radio and The Day. The Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway.
The American Heart Association encourages companies, families and friends to create a team, register at www.RockyNeckHeartWalk.org and participate in the 3-mile walk. No minimum donation is required. For more information, please visit www.RockyNeckHeartWalk.org or call 203-303-3328. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heartct. Use hashtag: #ECTHeartWalk.