Thousands of Men Attend Pep Rally for God

Saturday, Aug 28, 2010  |  Updated 9:30 PM CDT
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Thousands of Men Attend Pep Rally for God

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 6: Bishop Thomas D. Jakes accepts his President Award on stage at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre, March 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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More than 10,000 men attended what was billed as a "pep rally for God" in Fort Worth.

The 16th annual ManPower Conference wrapped up Saturday at the Convention Center. The conference was launched by Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House, a 30,000-member megachurch with congregations in Dallas and Fort Worth.

The men-only event was designed to equip participants with tools to build strong marriages, increase self-confidence and take on community responsibilities, according to a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

A first-time event at this year's conference was a health fair designed to raise awareness about medical issues that affect a high percentage of African-American and Hispanic men. Volunteers provided blood pressure and cholesterol checks and free screenings.

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