CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, August 09, 2011) – The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation will focus on fun and fitness by hosting the second installment of their annual Camps for Kids, presented by Farmers Insurance, on Tuesday, August 9 at The Home Depot Center. Camps for Kids is an opportunity for approximately 200 children ages 7-10 to participate in a camp that features soccer drills, including dribbling, passing, and shooting as well as fitness tips.
Children from the following organizations will be participating: HCLA-Rancho San Pedro, Boys & Girls Club West San Gabriel Valley, Boys & Girls Club of West Valley, Boys Town California, Violence Intervention Program, Villa Ramona Summer Program, Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach, Illumination Foundation, Department of Children and Family Services, Gardena-Carson Family YMCA, City of Carson Parks & Recreation, America SCORES LA, New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Center for Life Long Learners and El Nido Family Center.
Galaxy Soccer Camps’ staff will provide instruction and basic soccer skills for the camp, which the kids will be able to continue practicing at home. First5LA as part of its Rethink Your Drink Campaign, will be talking to parents and youngsters about the importance of drinking water, versus sugary beverages. All in attendance will receive free bottles of water as well as the free, bilingual book, "Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water," which includes fun activities to reinforce the sugar-free theme.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will be speaking to the children about health and distributing band aids and hand sanitizer. The Breathmobile, in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, will be offering educational sessions and asthma screening to the children in attendance to raise awareness.
South Bay Family Healthcare Mobile Clinic will be on site providing screenings for children to check their weight, body mass index, and risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. In addition, South Bay Family Healthcare will offer the children health education materials, coloring books designed to educate them on good nutrition and the benefits of exercise and diabetes prevention.
Each participant will receive a Camps for Kids t-shirt, a Revolution Foods’ lunch and a camp gift bag including a soccer ball, a bag of Sensible Portions snacks, Herbalife Kids MultiVites chewable multivitamins and an activity booklet from MLS W.O.R.K.S.’ Active Bodies, Active Minds program, which is a soccer-centered community outreach initiative that provides resources to motivate and reward children for being mentally and physically fit.