FAMU DRS to house spring break youth camp

Family, Fitness, Fun Camp, sponsored by Trophy King USA, will keep youth in Leon County busy this spring break, which runs March 31 to April 4. Florida A&M University Developmental Research School will house the camp.

This will be the third initiative offered by Family, Fitness, Fun Camp. Previously, the group offered activities during the summer and winter breaks of 2007 to allow students engage in positive activities during their break.

Florida State University alumnus Orenn Fells is the coordinator of the camp. Fells, 27, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports management from Florida State University.

Participants in the first through eighth grades will take part in sessions that focus on the “three As – academics, arts and athletics.” High school students will have the opportunity to earn community service hours for the time spent at the camp.

“We want to give students a positive and safe way to be active and engaged in physical activity during the break,” Fells said.

The camp is a part of his mentoring initiative that focuses on fitness. It will feature sessions focusing on different skill sets such as Spanish, nutrition and body systems.

The different portions will be under the direction of FAMU students. The camp will give FAMU students a venue so they can use skills learned within their majors.

For instance, Aliyah Martin, 23, a senior health science student from Gainesville, will be in charge of the session focusing on body systems.

“I am going to be the girls sports director, I am going to be in charge of taking them around to the different stations,” Martin said.

Trophy King USA is proud of its affiliation with the program and hopes this is just the beginning. The company is proud of its involvement with academics and athletics.

“We’re always going to be there to help out,” Kevin Gray, manager of Trophy King USA said. “We’ll try to get involved with academics and athletics. We would like to help sponsor whatever we can.”

Some parents are optimistic about the camp’s initiative. FAMU DRS Principal Richard Richardson said his son will attend the camp.

“This will give them the chance to learn some new things that they would not normally be able to do,” he said. “They have a variety of things for the kids.”

Richardson said DRS was pleased to let the camp use its facility. “It’s a community event, its something positive in the community and structured by all around good people putting it together.”

The Family, Fun, Fitness Camp will also sponsor a summer camp from June 2 until Aug 15.