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Tarik Kitson


Tarik Kitson, a health care administrator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is executive director and co-founder of Active Plus, a New York City-based nonprofit providing free fitness and health education to students and families.

Kitson, who was a four-year collegiate basketball star and recipient of many education accolades and community activism awards, earned his master's degree in public health from Columbia University.

We need to invest more in physical education and access to youth sports. For children of color, it's a way to tackle obesity and other health disparities while building their self-esteem.