Legendary Gymnast Shannon Miller Hosts Camp For Local Foster Kids August 2 through 4

Author: Shannon Miller

Foster kids having fun at Camp for Champions

For more information, contact:

John Harrell
Florida Department of Children and Families
(904)723-5470   or   (904) 233-7792
Lisa Collins
Family Support Services of North Florida
(904) 421-5800, ext. 797   or   (904) 993-9343

Legendary Gymnast Shannon Miller Hosts Camp For Local Foster Kids August 2 through 4

JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jul 29, 2011  – The most decorated American gymnast in history, Shannon Miller, and the Florida Department of Children and Families will welcome more than 70 foster children to the first-ever Northeast Region Camp for Champions on Tuesday, August 2 at the University of North Florida. The opening ceremonies for the camp will take place at 1 p.m. at UNF’s University Center, where Shannon Miller and DCF Northeast Region Director Nancy Dreicer will be on hand to kick off the activities.

The children will participate in the Camp for Champions through Thursday, August 4. The camp is for children in foster care ages eight through twelve. Camp events will feature exercise and fitness activities, swimming, sports clinics, motivational speakers, and much more. The camp will help children learn about wellness, leadership, fitness instruction and team building.

Foster kids having fun at Camp for Champions“At DCF, we recognize that children in foster care have the same potential as any children do,” said Dreicer. “These children have faced many challenges in their lives, but the Northeast Region Camp for Champions will give them the opportunity to explore their potential. Shannon Miller is an icon and an inspiration to so many people, and she’ll make a great role model for foster children. We are proud to partner with her to host this outstanding event, which we think will make a difference in the lives of these children for many years to come.”

Events at the camp include:
Day One- Tuesday, August 2, 2011
| Time | Activity | Venue |
| 6:30-8 p.m. | Sports Clinic: Basketball,| UNF Arena , Upper ½ court |
| | Dodge ball | and Room 1062 (Dodge ball |
| | | court) |
| 8-9 p.m. | Swimming | UNF Aquatic Center |

Day Two- Wednesday, August 3, 2011
| Time | Activity | Venue |
| 10:30-12:30 p.m. | Outdoor Activities: |Osprey Crossing Dorm, |
| | Running Clinic with |Building S |
| | Running Solutions, | |
| | Jacksonville Boot Camp | |
| | “Timed Exercise”, Water | |
| | Slide | |
| |Indoor Activities: Boxing, | |
| |Karate | |
| 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Outdoor Activities: Water |South Recreational Fields |
| | Slide, Relay Race |(Adjacent to Osprey |
| | Indoor Activities: Kung Fu|Crossing) |
| | Academy | |
| 6:30-8 p.m. | Basketball Clinic: | UNF Arena (Main Floor) |
| | Jacksonville Giants | |
| 8-9 p.m. | Swimming | UNF Aquatic Center |

About Camps For Champions:

The Department of Children and Families “Camps for Champions”, in partnership with carefully selected foundations and other community partners, provides an opportunity for hundreds of children and young adults from Florida’s foster care system to participate in a summer camp experience that might otherwise not have been possible. The wellness and leadership activities are created and led by nationally recognized role models, community partners and DCF staff who will help these young adults build self-esteem and confidence to succeed in life.

About Shannon Miller:

Shannon is The Most Decorated American Gymnast, male or female, in history. She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual [2006] and Team [2008]) Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She remains a passionate advocate for health and wellness women and children. She recently launched ShannonMillerLifestyle.com, a website dedicated to women’s health and fitness. Her Foundation is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

Participating Sponsors:

Running Solutions, JaxBootCamp, Timed Exercise, Picture Perfect By JR, Jacksonville Giants, Sport Kung Fu Academy, Stampin’Up, Boxing Bunnies, Brain Trainers, Officer “Kris Kringle” Organization, Florence Thibault, Lea’s Place

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