Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – She hits, she scores, and the green team goes wild!
Meanwhile a boy on the yellow team pats a fellow teammate on the back.
“It’s OK. We’ll get them next time,” he’s overhead saying.
That’s the type of sportsmanship 6,7 and 8-year-olds from Coahoma County have picked up during Camp R.O.C.K, hosted this week at the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC)—75 youngsters were in attendance.
The free summer camp, held from 8 a.m. until noon July 14 through 18, is sponsored through a $500K dollar grant awarded to Coahoma County through the CCHEC by Delta State University’s Healthy Campus/Community Initiative (HCCI), developed in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Next week, July 21-25, 75 Coahoma County kids ages 9-11 will attend.
Led by Coordinator Lesley Johnson and Assistant Coordinator Darius Davis along with 11 trained instructors, the camp has introduced many of the kids for the first time to a variety of outdoor activities, including hockey, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, birdie golf, BB gun target shooting, canoeing, archery and Capture the Flag.
Seven-year-old Brooks Lewis of Clarksdale said he’s been enjoying the camp and hopes to return next year.
“I like (shooting) the BB guns, archery, soccer and dodge ball,” said Lewis. “It was probably like my second time getting to shoot a gun—it was exciting. The camp people are really nice.”
Jordan Howard, 6, of Clarksdale agreed that camp has been fun experience.
“I liked going canoeing and what I’m doing now (shooting the BB gun),” Howard said.
Johnson said the camp is designed to promote physical fitness as well as to promote team building.
“We are trying to teach them team skills. This is not a sports camp, so we’re not stressing competition,” said Johnson. “We have tons of activities. A lot of these games the kids have never played so it’s a great experience for them. We teach them the skills at the beginning of the week then we show them how to play the game.”
In addition to fun activities, the camp features a class on nutrition and the kids are provided with a healthy snack each day.
“We also stress the importance of eating properly and staying hydrated,” said Johnson.
CCHEC was established in 1999 through a partnership with Coahoma Community College (CCC) and DSU in an effort to strengthen the outreach capabilities of both institutions and better serve the educational needs of citizens in Coahoma County and surrounding areas.
For five years, HCCI, whose goal is to create a healthier population in the Mississippi Delta, targeted cities in Bolivar County in partnership with DSU and was recently expanded this year to reach the Clarksdale Community through CCHEC.
“We have this grant for one year, then we reapply for it, so we hope the grant can continue here,” said Johnson. “Everything has been a great success so far and most importantly the kids are really enjoying themselves. They love it.”
Friday, camp ends for the youngsters with a dance party and a big Capture the Flag game.
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