Academy Helps Foster Youth to Dream, Believe, and Achieve

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Academy Helps Foster Youth to Dream, Believe and Achieve

Second Annual Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy is July 6-10 at Camp Blanding

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Next month more than 100 Florida foster youth will arrive at the Florida National Guard’s facility at Camp Blanding to participate in the second annual Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy.

From July 6-10, youth between the ages of 12-15 will enjoy age-appropriate physical fitness and leadership activities in a camp-like setting to help them build a confident and healthy lifestyle. Youth will learn from nationally-recognized athletes and volunteer mentors, including Myron Rolle.  Rolle is a former Florida State University football All-American who also received a 2009 Rhodes Scholarship. He was recently selected in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and has future plans to become a neurosurgeon. Even more impressive is Rolle’s desire to serve as a mentor and role model for Florida’s youth.

“This is wonderful opportunity for foster youth to learn personal development and leadership skills that so many other youth get to experience,” Rolle said.  “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity they will never forget.”

Volunteer mentors from several organizations will be on hand to form lasting relationships that will continue well after the camp week has ended.  The camp is the joint effort of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida National Guard and the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Last year’s camp brought nearly 100 children together for the first-ever leadership academy for Florida’s foster youth.  See pictures and a video from last year’s camp at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/initiatives/MyronRolle/.

“This one-of-a-kind academy gives foster children an opportunity that many never experience: attending summer camp,” DCF Secretary George H. Sheldon said. “Whether it’s bonding with other foster children or learning from motivational speakers, athletes and leaders, this camp helps Florida’s foster kids develop skills to successfully transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency while forming lifelong friendships and memories.”

Evening speakers expected to appear include:

  • Myron Rolle, NFL Tennessee Titans
  • DCF Secretary George H. Sheldon
  • Dominique Dawes, Olympic gold medalist
  • Dr. Gabriela Cora, Wellness Doctor, coach and author
  • Steven Phafler, NFL Tennessee Titans
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders

The best time for media to attend is during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. or closing ceremony on Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m. However, reporters are welcome anytime during regular camp hours, especially for the evening presentations. For more information or to interview a camper, please call DCF Communications at (850) 488-4855. We also encourage those interested in attending the camp to let us know when you plan to arrive.

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